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The 2012 Bradley Symposium: Knowledge and Governance in American Democracy: The Legacy of James Q. Wilson

Event Description
“In an age where every form of authority was being eroded by the tide of democratic individualism, the man who documented that erosion became an authority himself. He was modern America’s most authoritative intellectual figure. . . . What is singular about [James Q. Wilson] is that he was deeply conversant with essentially the entire range of public affairs, and marshaled his knowledge in every field with evident sound judgment and probity, with lucidity, and with democratic modesty and accessibility.”

So wrote Christopher DeMuth in The Weekly Standard shortly after the death of James Q. Wilson, a prominent political scientist whose work in American politics, public policy, organization, and culture and character was widely read and acclaimed by public officials and everyday citizens alike.

The 2012 Bradley Symposium, hosted by Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs, featured a discussion among prominent political figures and scholars.


9:00 a.m.
Registration, continental breakfast

Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs

Panel discussion

Question-and-answer session


Karlyn Bowman, Panelist

Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Christopher DeMuth, Panelist

Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute

R. Shep Melnick, Panelist

Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College

William Kristol, Co-Moderator

Editor and Co-Founder of The Weekly Standard

Yuval Levin, Co-Moderator

Editor and Founder of National Affairs

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