Inaugural Lecture in the Distinguished Lectures in Political Science
Hosted by: The Department of Political Economy and The Policy Institute
Chaired by: Rt Hon David Willetts
Lecture: 18.15-19.30, Arthur Lucas Lecture Theatre (S -2.18)
Reception: 19.30-20.00, Chapters
“Robert D. Putnam is technically a Harvard social scientist, but a better description might be poet laureate of civil society.” New York Times, March 4, 2015
About Robert D. Putnam
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science, and the (U.S.) National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. He has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. His 2010 book, co-authored with David E. Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson award as the best book in political science. He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries. His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, on the growing class gap among American young people, was published in March 2015.
About the Research
Renowned Political Scientist Robert Putnam and author of the betseller Bowling Alone, offers a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap in American society in his latest book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Putnam offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. The author provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of the country.