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Why are professors liberal and why do conservatives care?

Author: Neil Gross
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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Neil Gross shows that the U.S. academy's liberal reputation has exerted a self-selecting influence on young liberals, while deterring promising conservatives. His study sheds new light on both academic life and American politics, where the conservative movement was built in part around opposition to the "liberal elite" in higher education.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Political activity
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Gross, Neil, 1971-
Why are professors liberal and why do conservatives care?
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012031469
(OCoLC)810039751
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Gross
ISBN: 9780674074484 0674074483
OCLC Number: 836206009
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (393 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The politics of American professors --
Why are they liberal?: the standard explanations --
Political self-selection and the academic profession --
Political differences among professors --
The knowledge-politics problem --
The campaign against "liberal bias" --
Why conservatives care.
Responsibility: Neil Gross.
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