Russell Muirhead

Russell Muirhead

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Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College. The author of Just Work (Harvard University Press, 2004), he is currently at work on a book on partisanship titled A Defense of Party Spirit. Previously, Muirhead taught political theory at the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, and Williams College. He was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2005–6) and a winner of the Roselyn Abramson Teacher Award at Harvard College. He holds a PhD and AB from Harvard University and a BA from Balliol College at Oxford University.

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Resuscitating Civic Education

by Russell Muirheadvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, February 10, 2012

What does being a good citizen require...?

Resuscitating Civic Education

by Russell Muirheadvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, February 10, 2012

What does being a good citizen require?

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Resuscitating Civic Education

by Russell Muirheadvia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 10, 2012

What does being a good citizen require?

Honor in the Task

by Russell Muirheadvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How can we shore up the American work ethic? By honoring good work. By Russell Muirhead.

Endangered Virtues

by Peter Berkowitz, Russell Muirhead, Clifford Orwin, Harvey C. Mansfield, Diana Schaub, James W. Ceaser, William Damon, Gerard V. Bradley, Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them; that the tradition places primary responsibility for the cultivation of the virtues on which liberty depends not on government but on the institutions of civil society, particularly the family and faith but also on education, work, and civic life; that in recent decades and owing to a variety of causes—social, cultural, economic, and political—those virtues and the sources that sustain have been exposed to danger and are weakening; and that renewing the virtues and the sources that sustain them is an urgent task.

The Work Ethic

by Russell Muirhead
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Everyone says they believe in the work ethic, but often what they really believe in is wealth and that to get wealth without the trouble of work seems better than work without the reward of wealth. But this view is mistaken--it is a corruption of a virtue essential to a free republic--not least because participating in the working life establishes a kind of equality that upholds a culture of equal dignity and respect.

Civic Knowledge

by Russell Muirhead
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

There seems no easy way around the conclusion that the citizenry's civic knowledge is in a state of grave disrepair. As citizenship becomes more passive, civic knowledge becomes more unnatural--the consequence of schooling rather than doing. Yet civic knowledge, especially about constitutional essentials and recent political history, remains an essential virtue for citizens. Civic knowledge is the basis for holding opinions, and having opinions is empowering, not only because the opinionated argue and agitate, but also because they vote.

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The Work Ethic, RIP

by Russell Muirheadvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 10, 2011

As the work ethic goes, so goes our sense of meaning and purpose in the workplace...

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The Work Ethic, RIP

by Russell Muirheadvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 10, 2011

As the work ethic goes, so goes our sense of meaning and purpose in the workplace.