Monthly Archives: January 2017

the hollowing out of US democracy

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21How could a celebrity with no governing experience and no grassroots infrastructure alienate and offend an outright majority of Americans, adopt positions far from the mainstream, and yet become our president?* I argue that the underlying reason is … Continue reading

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Facts/Values/Strategies: a mini-conference at Tufts’ University’s Tisch College of Civic Life

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40 Current global crises of democracy raise fundamental questions about how citizens can be responsible and effective actors, whether they are combating racism in the United States, protecting human rights in the Middle East, or addressing climate … Continue reading

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review article: Public-Spirited Citizenship: Leadership and Good Government in the United States by Ralph Ketcham

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17[From Political Science Quarterly, vol. 131, no. 4, winter 2016-17, pp. 896-7. Text as submitted. The definitive version is available at ] Ralph Ketcham is a distinguished American political historian and biographer, a renowned educator, and … Continue reading

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responding to the deep story of Trump voters

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40(Washington, DC) This is Arlie Russell Hochschild’s now-famous “deep story” of Louisiana Tea Party supporters, their “account of life as it feels to them.” It’s become famous because it’s also the “deep story” of at least some … Continue reading

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the Democrats and religious Americans

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12In The Atlantic just before the New Year, Michael Wear–an evangelical who helped Barack Obama with “faith outreach”–offered a critical assessment of the Democrats’ relationships with Evangelicals, 81% of whom supported Trump in 2016. Wear argued that it is a civic … Continue reading

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why the global turn to authoritarian ethnonationalism?

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34It seems impossible to explain why Donald Trump won the 2016 election. For one thing, he lost the popular vote. Besides, a single election is an “n” of one with numerous contingent circumstances, in this case including the FBI’s last-minute … Continue reading

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