A University as a Republic: Classical Political Theories of Mixed Government and Modern Experience of Shared Governance

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Nador u. 15
Auditorium B
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:15pm
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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

This talk addresses a paradox. Top US universities are run more or less like a mixture of principles of monarchy/aristocracy/democracy, in effect boiling down to what George Breslauer, a former Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor of the University of California (Berkeley) called “consultative authoritarianism”, but they still ensure academic freedom and creativity. How does this happen? What lessons to other parts of the world can this situation offer?

Oleg Kharkhordin is Professor of Political Theory and former Rector of the European University at St. Petersburg, and a former member of the Russian Presidential Council for Science and Education (2012-2017). His books include The Collective and the Individual in Russia: A Study of Practices (1999), Main Concepts of Russian Politics (2005) and Republicanism in Russia. Community before and after Communism (2018).

This lecture takes place in the framework of the conference Academic Freedom in Historical perspective https://history.ceu.edu/events/2018-11-08/academicfreedom-historical-perspective