Education, populism and civic virtue

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7 November 2018, 12-1 pm (Meeting Room 3, 311 Chrystal Macmillan Building)

Lindsay Paterson (Social Policy, University of Edinburgh)


Education, populism and civic virtue

A consistent finding of research on education’s civic effects is that it fosters liberalism, respect, tolerance, and social responsibility. Yet education has also, much more recently, been seen as a source of division – as arousing anger among those who have little of it. It has been speculated that this education divide is a potential explanation of various kinds of populist rebellion against educated liberal elites. The paper considers survey evidence from several countries that might cast light on these recent debates.


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