We are excited to welcome back faculty and students to resume in-person classes in Adolphus Busch Hall this week. It is an important step toward a return to normalcy and has been made possible by the full effort of the entire community.
Virtual Open House 2021
Transatlantic Crises: AUKUS, the China Challenge and Afghanistan
Session 1: What is a Senior Thesis? – An Introduction
After Merkel, Now What? Analyzing Germany's 2021 Elections
The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Racial Politics of Ethnography
Session 2: Thesis Strategies for Research, Advisers, and Recommendation Letters
As Harvard University resumes in-person teaching and safeguarding the health and well-being of the community, all CES public programming will remain virtual this term. Each event listing will include instructions for pre-registration and access via Zoom. Please note that entry to CES is limited to those who hold offices in the building as well as Harvard faculty, staff, and students.
New Working Papers
Tocqueville for Troubled Times
What can de Tocqueville teach us today? Our most recent working paper is a collection of two essays by CES Affiliates. Art Goldhammer focuses on a reconsideration of the role of popular participation in Tocqueville’s thought. Cheryl Welch takes a new look at his analysis of elite politics in a troubled representative system. Both essays offer surprising and complementary new insights into a writer whose texts have a subtle alchemy that makes them appear newly relevant to every generation.
Prejudice and Price: Corruption and Distributive Politics
“Political corruption is a critical impediment to the success of transitioning democracies. Yet voters are unwilling to vote out corrupt parties. … Using original, subnational data from Albania, this paper shows that high corruption perceptions reduce incumbent support among voters, but resource provisions mitigate this effect.” – Albana Shehaj, CES Visiting Scholar 2019-2021