Academics in politics

“… The Chronicle suggests that ‘hundreds’ of academics may end up in government or government agencies under the Obama administration. Such a strong academic presence in government is not something we expect here, in part because the career path for politicians is wholly different. Most front line Irish politicians graduate to that status from local government, whereas in many other countries there is much greater diversity. But it is worth noting, in observing the formation of government in the US, that by comparison Irish academics tend to be far removed from those levers of power …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 February]

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