Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement

Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement

Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement

Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement

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Preface Introduction The Role of Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement by Alain G. Gagnon Case Studies Social Scientists and Politics in Canada by Stephen Brooks and Alain G. Gagnon The Decline of the Left Intellectual in Modern France by George Ross Intellectuals: Producers and consumers of Social Criticism by Paul Hollander Intellectuals and the Construction of Consensus in Post-War England by Alan Swingewood Intellectuals and the Transformation of Political Culture in Post-War Italy by Carl Boggs The Intellectual in Mandarin Country: The West German Case by Hauke Brunkhorst Intellectuals and the Open Society in Israel by Michael Keren Perspectives for Comparative Analysis Intellectuals and Political Elites by S.N. Eisenstadt The Influence of Intellectuals on the Production of culture in France and the United States since World War II by Michele Lamont Jewish Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies by William D. Rubinstein The Political Sociology of Intellectuals: A Critique and a Proposal by Robert J. Brym Bibliography Index About the Contributors

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The chapters integrated in this volume evolved out of papers presented at a conference on The Role of Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement, organized by the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, October 3-5, 1985. the conference brought together specialists from the Far and Middle East, Europe, and North America. in order to ensure the comparability of cases, however, not all papers presented at the conference were included in this book. Furthermore, with a view to providing a broader base for comparison, and to account for the cases of West Germany and the centrality of Jewish intellectuals in liberal democracies, two further studies were commissioned.

As editor, I wish to express my gratitude to all those who have contributed to this book. First, my sincere appreciation goes to the scholars who have contributed their essays to the volume. My thanks are also due to the many participants who took part in the discussions, which are, to some degree, reflected in the final version of this volume. Professors Robert Bedeski, André-J. Bélanger, Emanuel Gutmann, Jane Jenson, Kenneth McRae, Hideichiro Nakano, Khayyam Z. Paltiel, Gilles Paquet, and Paul Rosen deserve special recognition for their insight and theoretical contributions during our deliberations. in addition, I would like to thank Harald von Riekhoff, Chairman of the Department of Political Science, and Dennis Forcese, Dean of Social Sciences at Carleton University, for their support and participation. the generous financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the sponsorship of the British Council, the Canadian Political Science Association, and the International Political Science Association are also gratefully acknowledged.

My special thanks go to several people at Carleton University who assisted in the preparation of the volume. A. Brian Tanguay and Gregg Legare provided . . .

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