Why Liberalism Failed

Prof Patrick Deneen in conversation with Dr Stephen McInerney

Prof Patrick Deneen

Prof Patrick Deneen discusses his latest book, Why Liberalism Failed, highlighting issues that are facing the west and our democracies.

Speaker profile: Professor Patrick Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science and David A. Potenziani College Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame in 2012, he taught at Princeton University (1997-2005) and Georgetown University (2005-2012). From 1995-1997 he served as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Information Agency.

Deneen is author of several books, including Why Liberalism Failed, published by Yale University Press in 2018 (paperback 2019). The book has been widely discussed and debated, earning a recommendation by former President Barack Obama, who wrote that “the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that libreral democracies ignore at their own peril.” It has been translated into 15 languages.

Deneen received a B.A. in English literature from Rutgers University in 1986, and his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1995. His dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 1995.

 

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