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    The University and the Public Sphere after the Celtic Tiger

    Ó Riain, Seán (2006) The University and the Public Sphere after the Celtic Tiger. Maynooth Philosophical Papers. (Unpublished)

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    Many contemporary commentators have recognised that economies, cultures and political systems cannot be held together simply by individual pursuit of self-interest, combined with the rule of law. Something much deeper and richer is required and commentators have sought for this elusive quality through studies of ‘social capital’ (Putnam, 2000), ‘trust’ (Fukayama, 1995) and ‘civil society’. Each of these themes draws our attention back to a vital element of contemporary democracy: the ‘public sphere’ - a shared, open space where dialogue, debate and deliberation can flourish. The classic images of the public sphere are the coffee houses of seventeenth century Europe or the vigorous debates among George Washington, James Madison and their colleagues in eighteenth century New England.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Universities, Celtic Tiger
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 555
    Depositing User: Prof. Sean O Riain
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2007
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: Faculty of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Refereed: No
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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