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The Academic Mind at the Top: The Political Behavior and Values of Faculty Elites

Seymour Martin Lipset
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Summer, 1982), pp. 143-168
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2748842
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Abstract

Comparison of the findings from a 1979 sample of faculty members of the honorific academies and a 1977 national survey of American professors indicates that the former are more liberal politically than the latter, including those at the most distinguished institutions. This result is in line with a body of theory which suggests that intellectual creativity is associated with critical social views, and with earlier research which found that scholarly status among faculty generally is correlated with liberal political orientations. The relationship inverts, however, for questions bearing on the self-interest of academic archievers both within and outside of the university.

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