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The Turn Away from Government and the Need to Revive the Civic Purpose of Higher Education

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2016

Abstract

Higher education in the United States has proud roots in the mission to enable people to engage in self-governance. The current political context is pushing us in another direction. I discuss the context in Wisconsin in particular, and use the challenges there as a reason to consider the civic purposes of political science. Rather than allow the political winds to blow us further into elitism, I argue that we should renew our commitment to educating people for citizenship.

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Copyright © American Political Science Association 2016 

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