Technology and Civility

Technology and Civility

The Skill Revolution in Politics

Author: Heinz Eulau
ISBN: 978-0-8179-6672-0
Publication Date: 3/1/1977

Whether or not one sees technology and politics in conflict depends on one's attitude toward technology and also one's conception of what politics is about. Alternative models of democracy, such as the participatory, the competitive, or the representational, and different models of the territorial allocation of authority are likely to make for the different expectations concerning the skills that political elites should bring to the tasks of governance. The notion that skill elites are not detrimental to the functioning of a free society, but indeed desirable, has yet to be absorbed into a theory of democracy that satisfies sthe conditions imposed on politics by a high level of technology.

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Heinz Eulau

Heinz Eulau is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow by Courtesy of the Hoover Institution. He received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Stanford he taught at Antioch College, served as an assistant editor of the New Republic, and was a senior analyst in the Special War Policies Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice.

A past president of the American Political Science Association, Professor Eulau as served as the associate editor for political science of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.

He has been chairman of the Council of Inter-University Consortium for Political Research, chairman of the Political Science Panel of the Behaviorial and Social Sciences Survey Commitee, and a fellow of the Social Science Research Council and of the CEnter for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1972, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At present Professor Eulau chairs the National Board for Election Studies of the University of Michigan's Center for Political Studies.

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