What Universities Owe Democracy (Hardcover)

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Universities have historically been integral to democracy. What can they do to reclaim this critical role?

Universities play an indispensable role within modern democracies. But this role is often overlooked or too narrowly conceived, even by universities themselves. In What Universities Owe Democracy, Ronald J. Daniels, the president of Johns Hopkins University, argues that--at a moment when liberal democracy is endangered and more countries are heading toward autocracy than at any time in generations--it is critical for today's colleges and universities to reestablish their place in democracy.

Drawing upon fields as varied as political science, economics, history, and sociology, Daniels identifies four distinct functions of American higher education that are key to liberal democracy: social mobility, citizenship education, the stewardship of facts, and the cultivation of pluralistic, diverse communities. By examining these roles over time, Daniels explains where colleges and universities have faltered in their execution of these functions--and what they can do going forward.

Looking back on his decades of experience leading universities, Daniels offers bold prescriptions for how universities can act now to strengthen democracy. For those committed to democracy's future prospects, this book is a vital resource.

About the Author

Since 2009, Ronald J. Daniels has served as the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University. There, he has strengthened interdisciplinary research, enhanced student access, and deepened the university's engagement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The coauthor of Rethinking the Welfare State: The Prospects for Government by Voucher and Rule of Law Reformand Development: Charting the Fragile Path of Progress, he is the coeditor of On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. Grant Shreve is a senior writer in Johns Hopkins University's Office of the President. Phillip Spector cofounded the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic at Yale Law School and previously served as the vice president for strategic initiatives at Johns Hopkins University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781421442693
ISBN-10: 1421442698
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English