The Europe the New Deal Made: Current Tensions in Historical Perspective

This week, we continue our dig through our archive, bringing you a re-broadcast of another February 2003 lecture: “The Europe the New Deal Made: Current Tensions in Historical Perspective” by Columbia University Professor and IHS board member Ira Katznelson with an introduction by chairman of Boston University’s Department of Sociology John Stone.

In his lecture Professor Katznelson explores origins of the distinctive, and shifting, varieties of liberalism at the root of the tensions between the United States and Europe. He describes the influence of the New Deal in America, in particular, the values of the Democratic south, in shaping Western Europe and the international order in the aftermath of World War II. The transformation of American liberalism, beginning with election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, has led many Europeans to question US power and legitimacy. The question, Katznelson argues, is what kind of liberalism we wish to have.
This lecture aired on WBUR on March 9, 2003. We are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for YOU.

Ira Katznelson is the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. He is an Americanist whose work straddles comparative politics and political theory, as well political and social history. His most recent books are When Affirmative Action Was White (2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003). Other books include Black Men, White Cities (1973), City Trenches (1981), Schooling for All (with Margaret Weir, 1985), Marxism and the City (1992), and Liberalism’s Crooked Circle (1996). Professor Katznelson has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

John Stone is Professor of Sociology and Department Chair. His research interests focus on comparative race and ethnic relations, international migration, social change and sociological theory. He is the founder and editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies (Routledge, 1978-1989).

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