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The advent of globalization has prompted both democratic and cosmopolitan theorists to reconceptualize democracy, citizenship, and political community, as “the ideals of citizenship clash with the sovereign nation-state in which they were first developed.”[1]No longer able to meet the pressures of globalization, notions like democracy must be transformed in order to continue to be relevant in this globalized age. Challenged…

This chapter is a summary of Michiganders’ view of three Cold War events: the communist infiltration of labor unions in the 1940s, McCarthyism in the 1950s, and the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. Fifteen Michiganders from the Flint and Tri-city area in March 2009 were shown articles about a Cold War event and then were interviewed for approximately an…

One the debates confronting liberal democracies is how to conceive of citizenship in an age of multiculturalism. Liberal political theorists regard citizenship as primary a legal entity that affords all individuals rights and protections from the power of the state, while multiculturalists contend that citizenship is essentially a cultural phenomenon that should be accorded to groups that are granted certain…

One of the most pressing and central problems in a democracy is that of political leadership. While it appears that democracy is a universally-lauded form of politics, there is no clear consensus as to the type of leadership which a democracy requires or needs. Given the dynamic and difficult landscape of the twenty-first century, the question of the type of…

Education is the task of crafting the souls of students; it is never simply about conveying information so that students can enlarge their body of knowledge. While education should indeed contribute to a student’s basic knowledge of facts and theories, its goal ultimately, is to cultivate a particular kind of human being.
The political philosopher, Leo Strauss, suggested that education with…



Harvard Abigail Adams Institute is hosting a weekend seminar on the thought of Eric Voegelin on September 27-28, 2019.

Eric Voegelin (1901–1985) was a German-American political scientist who created a comprehensive theory of human nature, society, and history. Although his writing is difficult to understand and categorize, Voegelin remains one of the most important contemporary political philosophers whose interdisciplinary approach…

Today the discipline of political science is faced with the challenges of demonstrating its public worth, finding employment for its doctoral students, and discovering a common language among its specialists (APSA 2014, 2015a, 2015b; Beltran et al. 2004; Brown-Dean 2015; Lupia 2014;  PS: Political Science & Politics 2015).[1] To address this situation, I recommend that political science departments create the…

You may be surprised to learn of the growing movement to dispense with the study of American politics as a distinct subfield of political science, but this is a real and troubling challenge facing professors of political science today. Citing the increasingly global integration of politics, economics, and culture, a significant number of political scientists argue that faculty should no…

With the decline in social capital and the rise of the immigrant populace in the United States, there is renewed interest in civic education as a way to provide a meaningful understanding of citizenship and thereby greater civic integration into American political life.1 Although public education is often seen as a repository and conveyance of civic education, it is also…

In the past decade there have emerged several books that have spoken about the crisis in American higher education. However, what this crisis is and how do institutions best address it remains uncertain.1 For example, some critics have followed the concerns laid out in the Spellings Commission’s 2006 Report, A Test of Leadership, that find the American workforce is increasingly…