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Revue de Presse: 15 décembre

Share the post "Revue de Presse: 15 décembre" Emmanuel Macron se veut un président « progressiste » et « modernisateur ». Dans un entretien pour l’Atlantico, Luc Rouban et David Sessions (qui a écrit pour Tocqueville 21 sur l’oeuvre d’Alain Touraine) explique les origines de ce discours dans la théorie de la modernisation typique de la période d’après-guerre. Cette théorie va de pair avec la technocratie, soit keynésienne, soit néolibérale. Dès les années 1950, les...

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In American Higher Ed, Hierarchy Begets Hierarchy

Share the post "In American Higher Ed, Hierarchy Begets Hierarchy" This is a commentary in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy, jointly hosted with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We asked contributors whether higher education presupposes a hierarchy. In brief, how has higher education destabilized elites and challenged aristocracies? How has it sustained them? Each author approaches our prompt from a historical perspective, applied across different...

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Fear of the Ivory Tower

Share the post "Fear of the Ivory Tower" This is a commentary in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy, jointly hosted with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We asked contributors whether higher education presupposes a hierarchy. In brief, how has higher education destabilized elites and challenged aristocracies? How has it sustained them? Each author approaches our prompt from a historical perspective, applied across different academic fields, regions,...

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From Democracy in the Streets to Democracy in Danger

Share the post "From Democracy in the Streets to Democracy in Danger" In April 2019, Arthur Goldhammer delivered the following speech to the University of Chicago Democracy Initiative and Social Sciences Collegiate Division. We are grateful for his permission to reprint his remarks as part of our joint forum on the Academy and Democracy with the Journal of the History of Ideas blog.   “Who am I and why am I here?” You’re all too young to remember the 1992...

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Balcony and Scaffold: Literary Theory and High School English, in the 1960s

Share the post "Balcony and Scaffold: Literary Theory and High School English, in the 1960s" This is a commentary in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy, jointly hosted with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We asked contributors whether higher education presupposes a hierarchy. In brief, how has higher education destabilized elites and challenged aristocracies? How has it sustained them? Each author approaches our prompt from a historical...

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Higher Education and the Stuff of Revolutions

Share the post "Higher Education and the Stuff of Revolutions" Over the next two months, Tocqueville 21 will be coordinating with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog to co-publish commentaries in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy. We asked contributors whether higher education presupposes a hierarchy. In brief, how has higher education destabilized elites and challenged aristocracies? How has it sustained them? Each author approaches our prompt from a...

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Revue de Presse: November 17

Share the post "Revue de Presse: November 17" Bienvenue à notre première Revue de Presse 100% en français. Comme d’habitude, nous avons sélectionné des articles de la presse francophone et anglophone sur la politique et la culture démocratique autour du monde. Ces articles ne sont pas censés former une liste complète de ce qu’il faut avoir lu, ni une représentation de l’opinion des éditeurs du site : seulement une sélection de ce que nous lisions ces deux dernières...

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On Judith Shklar, snobbery, and the SAT

Share the post "On Judith Shklar, snobbery, and the SAT" The SAT was back in the news last week, thanks to the College Board’s introduction of something called an “adversity score.” Admissions officers will now see a number, between 1 and 100, quantifying various socioeconomic factors associated with an applicant’s hometown and upbringing. Although the number will not affect students’ official SAT scores, the “environmental context dashboard” that accompanies their...

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A Tocquevillian Take on Moyn and Law Schools

Share the post "A Tocquevillian Take on Moyn and Law Schools" Last month, Samuel Moyn declared in The Chronicle of Higher Education that law schools might be bad for democracy. He seems to have struck a nerve. Moyn, a prominent human rights theorist and Professor of Law and History at Yale, contends that American law schools are carrying out an increasingly schizophrenic mission (check out the Tocqueville21 roundtable on Moyn’s latest book here). The obvious answer to...

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France’s Machiavellian Moment—Then and Now

Share the post "France’s Machiavellian Moment—Then and Now" Hugo Drochon is a political theorist and historian of political thought, with interests in continental political philosophy, democratic theory, liberalism and political realism. His latest book is Nietzsche’s Great Politics, and he is currently researching elite theories of democracy and their impact on democratic theory. In the summer of 2016 Patrick Boucheron, the new professor of history at the Collège de...

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