Monthly Archives: February 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science at Tisch College

Facebook32 Twitter2Total34Tufts University, Tisch College, Medford, MA – Tufts University Open Date: Feb 28, 2020. Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time Description Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science for the 2020-21 … Continue reading

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two models for analyzing policy

Facebook25 Twitter1Total26Here is a rather standard model for policy analysis, representing the content of a fairly typical public policy course or a textbook such as Eugene Bardach’s A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis (2000). The analyst is a professional: a staffer, … Continue reading

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the 2020 election in the shadow of the Iraq War

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14Polls usually show that foreign policy is a low-priority issue in US political campaigns. This year is no exception: asked to choose one priority, just 13 percent of prospective voters recently selected foreign policy. But I think the Iraq … Continue reading

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practical lessons from classic cases of civil disobedience

Facebook27 Twitter1Total28I have been teaching two classic examples of civil disobedience or satyagraha—Gandhi’s Salt March and the Montgomery Bus Boycott—to very smart and committed undergraduates. The readings are listed below. As I reflect on our discussions, I’m thinking about two … Continue reading

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The French Republic denounces the French State

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10 “In tribute to the thousands of Jews of the Rhone who were tortured and executed, deported and exterminated in 1942, 1943, and 1944. Let the locations of their martyrdom be engraved in our memory: Fort Montluc, The School … Continue reading

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nature includes our inner lives

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10(posted in Montreal) For natural philosophy everything perceived is in nature. We may not pick up and choose. For us the red glow of the sunset should be as much part of nature as are the molecules and electric … Continue reading

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Civic Studies Major’s courses for fall 2020

Facebook22 Twitter1Total23This is an unofficial list of the courses that will count for Civic Studies at Tufts next fall. It is likely to change a bit at the margins but gives an insight into our curriculum. Cluster: Civic Action and … Continue reading

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Tufts University’s Tisch College launches Center for State Policy Analysis

Facebook138 Twitter1Total139This new center is consistent with a recommendation in our report entitled MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts. From the official announcement: MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Feb. 13, 2020)–Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life today announced the creation … Continue reading

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discussing school choice

Facebook37 Twitter1Total38In my public policy course, we are discussing school choice as an opportunity for exploring theoretical issues (What is a market versus a state? What is a public good versus a private good?); empirical questions (What happens when you … Continue reading

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how many foundings has the US had?

Facebook15 Twitter1Total16Here are six answers to the question in my heading. Arguments can be made in favor of each. The founding took place from 1776-1789, from the Declaration to the Constitution. Although the architects of the new republic sought to … Continue reading

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