Rudalevige in Washington Post: What Did Founding Fathers Think of the Press?

Founding Principles Chapter 7: The Media from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

What role does the news media play in the functioning of the US government? “The principle of a free press is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights,” wrote Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Every week over the summer The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of Founding Principles, a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the seventh—examines the role of the media in government and how that has changed over the years.

‘We the People:’ Rudalevige Explains Role of Public Opinion in US Constitution

Founding Principles Chapter 6: Public Opinion from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

How important was public opinion to the framers of the US Constitution? How do we know what the public really wants? And how qualified is the general public to answer questions about US government?

These are some of the issues raised by Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage. Every week over the summer The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of Founding Principles, a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the sixth of fifteen—explains how American government rests on what Alexander Hamilton called a “due dependence on the people.”

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on a Leaking White House (All Things Considered)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, was tapped by NPR for his expertise on the presidency. In an interview for All Things Considered, Rudalevige talks about the various types of leaks, how they compare with those of previous administrations, and whether anything can be done to stop them.

Listen to the interview or read the Q&A.

Lawrence Lindsey ’76 Writes ‘Thoughtful and Compelling Indictment’ of Elected Leaders

Lawrence Lindsey ’76

Lawrence Lindsey ’76 served as a senior staff economist during the Reagan administration and went on to hold prominent positions under presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. His latest book—Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017)—is described by Aaron Hughey in the Bowling Green Daily News as a “thoughtful and compelling indictment of our elected leaders.”

Describing Lindsey’s work as a “exceptionally well-researched,” Hughey went on to praise the book for its lack of partisan leaning. “His words tend to ring true regardless of whether the reader is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Indeed, it is difficult to argue against many of his talking points.” Read Aaron Hughey’s review of Lawrence Lindsey’s Conspiracies.