Monthly Archives: June 2015

the seventh annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies is underway

Facebook39 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 39We will be meeting daily for 6-7 hours of seminar discussion for the next two weeks. The syllabus is here. This year’s participants include professors and civic activists from Zimbabwe, Liberia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Singapore, as … Continue reading

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“Run Like a Girl … for Office”

Facebook27 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 27My colleagues Nancy Thomas and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg have an article in Diversity & Democracy entitled “Run Like a Girl … for Office: How Higher Education Can Advance Gender Equity in Politics.” It’s very obvious that far too few … Continue reading

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one more day to register for Frontiers of Democracy 2015

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Frontiers of Democracy 2015 (June 25-27 in Boston) offers a great line-up of speakers and a diverse and enticing array of interactive sessions. An excellent body of participants has already registered, but there is still some space before we’d … Continue reading

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why I still believe in institutions

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30(on the DC-Boston shuttle) Over the past 48 hours I have participated in three consecutive meetings in which an important point of debate has been whether to reform or rebuild institutions–flawed and disliked as they may be–or … Continue reading

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Hannah Arendt and thinking from the perspective of an agent

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17In the following passage from On Revolution (pp. 42-3), Hannah Arendt is criticizing the Hegelian tradition of German philosophy (including Marx) that purports to find fundamental meanings in the narrative of world history.  I think that her … Continue reading

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engaging America’s interested bystanders

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24The Google Civic Innovation Team (Kate Krontiris, John Webb, Chris Chapman, and Charlotte Krontiris) have released an important strategic report based on original research. They argue that 48.9% of American adults are “Interested Bystanders” to civic life. … Continue reading

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how our two-party system frustrates political innovation

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17I was in Spain this past week for a pair of political science conferences. My visit came soon after an election in which two new parties emerged: Podemos (leftist and innovative in how it engages voters) and Ciudadanos … Continue reading

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