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Late-Summer Hiatus

August 19, 2020

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We’re taking a few weeks off from the blog starting this week. See you back in September!

In the meantime, in lieu of our Revue de Presse, please enjoy this wonderful bilingual exchange at H-Diplo on Steve Sawyer’s book Demos Assembled, featuring essays by Cheryl B. Welch, Serge Audier, Michael Behrent, and Jennifer Pitts.

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Spring-Summer 2020 Blogging Democracy Contest: Tocquevillians Go to the Polls

August 10, 2020

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We’re proud to announce the winners of Tocqueville 21’s second Blogging Democracy contest! Over the course of the spring and summer, students in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago responded to the following question:

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville describes presidential elections in the United States as moments of great “agitation,” in which American democracy periodically finds itself in danger (I.i.8). What exactly are the dangers Tocqueville saw in the election of the chief executive? Are they still present for democracies today? And do Tocqueville’s concerns address the most pressing needs for electoral reform in the

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Winter 2020 Blogging Democracy Contest: Climate Change and the New Social Contract

April 12, 2020

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We’re proud to announce the winners of our first ever Blogging Democracy Contest. In partnership with the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, we, the editors of Tocqueville 21, have invited submissions from students in the College to address the following question:

Does climate crisis demand a new social contract? 
Climate change threatens to reshape our social fabric, requiring cooperation across borders, placing increased demands on state action, and raising new questions of who belongs in political communities. How should we rethink relationships between individuals and states in an age of climate crisis? This contest asks you to draw on

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Book Forum: In the Ruins of Neoliberalism

March 11, 2020

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When we first started Tocqueville 21 in early 2018, Wendy Brown was one of the very first people we reached out to for insights into our contemporary democratic world. Her 2015 book Undoing the Demos quickly became the definitive account of how neoliberalism has undermined much of what makes a democratic politics and society possible. When first spoke with Brown two years ago—in what remains one of our most popular pieces on this site—she was already beginning to reflect on some of the profound changes that have taken place in global politics over the past five years. The result of these reflections is her newest book, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism. As the reviews in this series make clear, In the Ruins does

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Announcing our student contributors

June 14, 2019

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Soon you’ll be seeing a set of posts from undergraduates at the University of Chicago—written not just by our Metcalf interns but also students enrolled in this spring’s Democratic Erosion course. Susan Stokes, professor of comparative politics and director of the Chicago Center on Democracy, led UChicago’s iteration of the class, as part of a cross-campus curriculum that’s now at over forty universities. The syllabus, which focuses on global debates concerning the health of democracy, was taught in classrooms as far afield as Berkeley, Budapest, and a prison in Washington, D.C. Part of the course entailed a cross-university blog, where students discussed their course readings with an eye toward current events.

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Tocqueville 21’s New Interns!

April 29, 2019

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Tocqueville 21 is very happy to announce some new additions to our team. Thanks to generous support from the College at the University of Chicago, we have three excellent undergraduate interns assisting with the production of this blog. They’ll be helping us run the ins and outs of everything that happens on the site over the coming months, and each will also contribute original writing. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to Tocqueville 21.

Felix Chaoulideer is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, studying philosophy and Germanic studies. His philosophical and political interests are primarily in nineteenth- and twentieth-century continental philosophy (especially Marx, Heidegger, Arendt, and

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