Harvey C. Mansfield, 1932 -

Mansfield’s genuinely original contribution in political science is to have laid bare many of the fundamental structures of the modern liberal regime, from indirect government to representation to political parties to the executive power. Mansfield has uncovered in the history of political theory the grounds of these forms of liberal democracy that we now take for granted, and he has done so in a way that does full justice to the complexities of history and political practice…. In doing so he has greatly deepened our understanding of our history, our institutions, and our current situation.

— William Kristol

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Introduction

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. Mansfield’s many contributions to the study of political philosophy include translations of Machiavelli and Tocqueville, nine books and extensive scholarship on a broad range of subjects, and commentary on contemporary politics.
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Biography

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. He was Chairman of the Government Department from 1973 to 1977, has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center.
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In the most recently released conversation in a series with Harvey Mansfield on Conversations with Bill Kristol, Mansfield discusses the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville.

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