Monthly Archives: August 2013

my remarks introducing Civic Studies at the American Political Science Association

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15(Chicago) According to the official definition of the American Political Science Association, “Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.” In other words, it is a generally impersonal and positivistic investigation … Continue reading

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top ten signs you are an academic careerist

Facebook69 Twitter0Total69In The New Republic, Russell Jacoby names Stanley Fish as the academic who “raised careerism to a worldview.” “His writings incarnate the cheerful, expedient self-involvement that is part and parcel of contemporary life: everyone is out for himself. Fish … Continue reading

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an argument against intervening in Syria

Facebook67 Twitter0Total67The Syrian government appears to have violated the Geneva Protocol to the Hague Convention (1925). The Protocol, which Syria signed in 1968, begins: “the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials … Continue reading

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marijuana legalization is not a youth issue

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Because we study young people, I am always being asked questions about marijuana legalization that presume it would be popular among youth–and could even boost their interest in politics. I’ve been skeptical because I have never seen a survey … Continue reading

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on vacation

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I am obsessive about posting here every work day, as I have done since early in 2003. This week and next represent an ambiguous case, however. I’m away from the office and not working full-time, but also not completely … Continue reading

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the empirical impact of the humanities

Facebook23 Twitter0Total23(Washington, DC) I have two major professional interests: civic engagement and the humanities. Thanks to a partnership with the organization Indiana Humanities, I am enjoying an opportunity to bring the two together. Up to now, my arguments for the … Continue reading

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the role of political science in civic education

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8James Ceasar has published an interesting and provocative essay through the American Enterprise Institute entitled “The role of political science and political scientists in civic education.” I disagree with part of it–and with that aspect of Ceasar’s overall thought. … Continue reading

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Ulrich Beck v Mitt Romney: makers and takers in the Risk Society

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12Mitt Romney got in trouble by identifying 47% of the population as “takers,” on the basis that they do not pay federal income tax but they receive some kind of government support. Although his formulation of that idea was … Continue reading

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the Nehemiah story: on the pros and cons of walls

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6In writing yesterday about the Palestinian city, Rawabi, that is rising not far from Jerusalem, I thought of the Book of Nehemiah in the Bible. It tells a good and relevant story–but also a problematic one. It is a … Continue reading

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Rawabi, the planned Palestinian city

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2In yesterday’s New York Times, Isabel Kirshner reports from Rawabi, the planned city that’s rising on a hill between Jerusalem and Nablus. She describes Rawabi’s struggles with the Israelis over permits and water, limited support from the Palestinian Authority, … Continue reading

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