Daniel Drezner

The Ideas Industry

Daniel Drezner

Talk: The Ideas Industry

The public intellectual, as a person and ideal, has a long and storied history. Writing in venues like the New Republic and Commentary, such intellectuals were always expected to opine on a broad array of topics, from foreign policy to literature to economics. Yet in recent years a new kind of thinker has supplanted that archetype: the thought leader. Equipped with one big idea, thought leaders focus their energies on TED talks rather than highbrow periodicals. How did this shift happen? In "The Ideas Industry," Daniel W. Drezner points to the roles of political polarization, heightened inequality, and eroding trust in authority as ushering in the change.

Daniel Drezner

Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor at the Washington Post. He has been at the Fletcher School since the fall of 2006. Prior to Fletcher, he was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas

Both fair-minded and trenchant, The Ideas Industry will reshape our understanding of contemporary public intellectual life in America and the West.

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