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Public Institutions & the Public Good

August 5th, 2011

Redefining the Public University: Developing an Analytical Framework

Submitted by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

The university is in crisis, almost everywhere. In the broadest terms, the university’s position as simultaneously inside and outside society, simultaneously participant in and observer of society – always precarious – has been eroded. With the exception of a few hold‐outs the ivory tower has gone. We can no longer hold a position of splendid [...]

March 31st, 2011

Why Are There Business Schools in Universities?

Submitted by Rakesh Khurana, Harvard University

In 2008, Harvard Business School celebrated its 100th birthday. Harvard’s year-long centennial culminated in a two-and–a-half-day global summit in which more than 2000 business leaders, alumni, academics and a select group of invited journalists from around the world gathered to discuss the School’s contributions to American business. Moreover, in recent years the school had broadened [...]

May 30th, 2010

The Disintegration of the Public Sector: Recasting Public Conversation

Submitted by Tony Judt, New York University

One striking consequence of the disintegration of the public sector has been an increased difficulty in comprehending what we have in common with others. We are familiar with complaints about the ‘atomizing’ impact of the internet: if everyone selects gobbets of knowledge and information that interest them, but avoids exposure to anything else, we do [...]

August 4th, 2009

Remaking America: Public Institutions and the Public Good

Submitted by Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council and New York University

President Obama promises not just to stimulate the economy, but at the same time to remake America. He proposes to do this by making the government a more effective provider of public services and a more effective partner to private organizations that pursue the public good. His stimulus plan is an amalgam of dozens of [...]

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