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How universities learnt a lesson in humility – and are all the better for it

The ivory tower has been destroyed – metaphorically speaking. Alan Levine/flickr   Foundation Essay – Universities are still often known as ivory towers, other-worldly spaces of solitude where privileged elites known as academics seek refuge from the harsh realities of the...

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05 April 2011
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Libya, intellectuals and democracy: an open letter to Professor David Held

John Keane asks David Held to look back over events and reconsider his reactions to a dissimulator. Was this an error of theory or of practice? Hasn’t the LSE Libya affair done damage to the scholarly credibility of research programmes...

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19 March 2011
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Democracy in the Age of Google, Facebook and WikiLeaks

In the beginning there was the grand spectacle of a worldwide satellite television broadcast, featuring Maria Callas, Pablo Picasso and the Beatles. Then came fax machines, photocopiers, video recorders and personal computers. Now there are electronic books, scanners and smart...

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09 March 2011
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Democracy: the Rule of Nobody?

Drawn from lectures originally delivered at the Institute for Management and Planning, Teheran, 5th May 2004 and (in revised form) at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), 14th July 2004. The Sovereign People? Among the most taken-for-granted propositions when discussing democracy...

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18 January 2011
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The Rise and Fall of Democracies

At the Byron Bay Writers Festival, in conversation with Griffith Review Editor Julianne Schultz, Professor John Keane talks us through the rise and fall of democracies and empires, from a primarily historical perspective.   Big Ideas (ABC) Original Link here From the very first...

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31 August 2010
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