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European Professors as Public Intellectuals
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2009 (English)In: Society (New Brunswick), ISSN 0147-2011, Vol. 46, no 2, 110-118 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Historically, European economists, compared to their American counterpart, were more involved in public discussions of policy. In this paper it is argued that this has likely changed. The chief reasons seem to involve the European imitation of the academic ethos that is more prevalent in America. Features of this academic ethos include a more formalist orientation in graduate programs and an academic incentive system wherein professional journal publication is paramount and public discourse is relatively devalued. I suggest there is an inescapable ideological dilemma in addressing the costs and benefits of professors’ neglect of public discourse. The ideological character of academics compared with our own political sensibilities affect whether we want academics to influence public discourse or not. I use the history of academics as public intellectuals in Sweden to substantiate the change, and I use new data on Swedish social science academics to see whether those who participate in public discourse tend to have certain political and social views.

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New York: SpringerLink , 2009. Vol. 46, no 2, 110-118 p.
Keyword [en]
Public intellectuals Academia Ideology Professors Europe Sweden
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36616DOI: 10.1007/s12115-008-9177-2ISI: 000263899500003OAI: diva2:289816
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2010-01-26Bibliographically approved

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