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November 11, 2002
CONTACT: Deborah Pankey-Mebane

Political Science Professors to Speak at Hopkins

Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg will present a talk based on their book Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public, at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

In their book published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, Crenson and Ginsberg argue that Western governments have found ways to raise armies and taxes that do not require much involvement from citizens, rendering people into customers rather than engaged citizens. Through the use of the courts and by executive branch administrative regulations, politicians have managed to govern without actually needing popular support from citizens. Although many were ready to help fight the war on terrorism, the president's only demand was for people to continue to shop, note Ginsberg and Crenson.

Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public will be available for sale and signing at the lecture.

Crenson is a professor of political science at The Johns Hopkins University. His books include Building the Invisible Orphanage and Neighborhood Politics. Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and director of the Johns Hopkins University Washington Center for the Study of American Government. His books include Politics by Other Means and American Government: Freedom and Power.

Crenson and Ginsberg's talk is presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 37th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. This event is cosponsored with The Johns Hopkins University Press and admission is free. For further information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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