Monthly Archives: July 2012

on vacation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am treating my computer addiction by trying not to blog for whole two weeks. Back on August 13.

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an innovative conference format

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1At least week’s Frontiers of Democracy II conference, we tried a new format. I don’t think it was perfect, and I welcome feedback, but it does seem promising. According to preliminary evaluations from the conference, 61.8% said … Continue reading

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where are citizens in the Capabilities Approach?

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11The “capabilities approach” is a theoretical position in political philosophy and development economics that has been advanced by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, and now numerous others. Summarized very crudely, it presumes that human beings have a set … Continue reading

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citizenship in the modern American republic: change or decline?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is one last session outline from the Summer Institute of Civic Studies. The course covered roughly 18 separate topics, and I blogged about half of them. The topic of this post is changing conceptions of citizenship … Continue reading

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are college sports corrupt?

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Big-time college sports are corrupt–not only in the sense that leading programs often break the official rules, but also because institutions that follow the rules may corrupt their characters as universities. So I would propose, but I … Continue reading

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basic principles related to voting

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Hot debates are underway about our voting process. Should people be required to show specific forms of government-issued ID when they vote? Should they be able to register on Election Day? Must they register at all before … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy II

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2This afternoon, the Summer Institute of Civic Studies (a seminar of about 18 people) expands into a public conference: Frontiers of Democracy II: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory and Education.  The conference will be live-streamed this Thursday … Continue reading

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on government versus governance, or the rule of law versus pragmatism

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2I am co-teaching the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and blogging about roughly half of the 18 topics on our syllabus. This post summarizes an important debate about the structure and ethic of government that also influences … Continue reading

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Roberto Unger against root causes

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10I am co-teaching the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and blogging about roughly half of the 18 topics on our syllabus. One of our topics yesterday was the work of Roberto Mangabeira Unger, the former Brazilian cabinet … Continue reading

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Bent Flyvbjerg and social science as phronesis

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11I am co-teaching the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and blogging about roughly half of the 18 topics on our syllabus. Last Friday morning, we discussed Bent Flyvbjerg and social science as phronesis. The readings were: Bent … Continue reading

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