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Jethro Tull on iTunes!

Yes, I know that my musical taste is now thoroughly discredited but sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

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March 24th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

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Some colleagues from the Department of Political Science in Århus made political classics a theme for their contribution to a students’ day. Besides drinking Ceres Classic in their office (this could never ever have happened in Sweden and it is for this reason that I do not name them here…), potential visitors were challenged with the task of choosing three pre-20th century and three 20th century political theorists from this list (and yes, I know they are all white men with the exception of Theda Skocpol who is a white woman – Kwame Anthony Appiah, anyone?)

Party Votes 07 Seats 07 Votes 05 Seats 05
Minority Party     0,3 0
Unity List 2,2 4 3,4 6
Socialist Party 13,0 23 6,0 11
Social Democrats 25,5 45 25,8 47
Social Liberals 5,1 9 9,2 17
Christian Dem.s 0,9 0 1,7 0
Centre Dem.s     1,0 0
New Alliance 2,8 5    
Liberal Party 26,3 46 29,0 52
Conservative Party 10,4 18 10,3 18
Danish People's 13,8 25 13,3 24

That was a bit of a challenge as all those listed are highly relevant reads and you could easily enter a few additional names – I’m not quite convinced by the argument that Stein Rokkan was covered with the inclusion of Seymour Martin Lipset. On the other hand, you may argue that Rokkan wasn’t a political theorist at heart. The authors of the list have also bent their heads in shame and admitted that they forgot Arend Lijphart.

Anyway, if I am asked to give a course in 6 names in political theory in my next job (Umeå was never big in political theory), my pick would probably be:

Pre-20th century – Niccolò Machiavelli, John Locke and John Stuart Mill

20th century – Robert A. Dahl, Giovanni Sartori, Max Weber

Perhaps Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Liberal Democracy would be a sexier name for such a course?

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March 24th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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