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The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

In the latest addition to “The Professions and Civic Culture” series, University of Virginia professor James W. Ceaser discusses the divided state of modern political science. His essay, “The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education,” argues that the field has moved in two opposing directions — one toward greater concern with civic education, with an emphasis on producing engaged citizens who can transform the political order, and the other (and more dominant one) toward a positivist political research agenda that is agnostic about the principles and ends of the American constitutional order.

To read more about the role of political science in civic education, read Ceaser’s entire essay available here. Check out our entire series of essays on The Professions and Civic Culture, including Christopher Caldwell’s take on the future of journalism, Paul Cantor’s essay on the literary field and David and Nathan Tucker’s work on music and civic life, among others.