Steven Michels, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, joined the Sacred
Heart University faculty in the Fall of 2002. A specialist in the field of political
theory, Dr. Michels offers several theory courses, including Foundations of Political
Thought, Theories of Political Economy, and Democracy. His articles and chapters include
work in theory (Plato, Tocqueville, Nietzsche), higher education policy, and popular
culture (The Daily Show, Bruce Springsteen). He is currently researching the theory and
practice of democracy. Dr. Michels received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago.

Books

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The Case Against Democracy, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2013)

Are the politics of the United States to blame for its current unsteady footing in...

 

Contributions to Books

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Religion, Rhetoric, and Running for Office (with Brian Stiltner), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2009)

It is common, almost expected, for candidates for office in the United States to affirm...

 

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Who's the Boss? Springsteen on the Alienation and Salvation of Work and Labor, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2008)

Few artists have earned as much of a reputation for championing the working class as...

 

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The Challenge of Higher Education, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2005)

The spiraling cost of education, the spread of technology, and the competitive nature of the...

 

Articles

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My First Book: Reflections on the Steps and Struggles, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2013)

A personal narrative is presented in which author Steven Michels discusses the process of writing...

 

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When Democracies Fight: Tocqueville on the Democratic Peace, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2005)

Do democratic norms and political culture play a greater role than structural determinants in realizing...

 

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Democracy in Plato's Laws, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2004)

This article discusses Plato's view of democracy based on the book The Laws. The most...

 

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Nietzsche and the Religion of the Future, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2004)

This article examines the place of religion in Nietzsche’s writings and how it fits with...

 

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Nietzsche on Truth and The Will, Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2004)

The fundamental — and many would say lingering — challenge to Nietzsche concerns how he...

 

Book Reviews

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A Wiser Politics, by Jean Hardy (Book Review), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2012)

Book review by Steven Michels, Government & Politics faculty at Sacred Heart University.

Hardy, Jean....

 

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The Politics and Tragedy of Democratic Citizenship, by Robert C. Pirro (Book Review), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2012)

Book review by Steven Michels, Government & Politics professor at Sacred Heart University.

Pirro, Robert...

 

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Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Book Review), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2009)

Book review by Steven Michels. Cooper, Davina. Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of...

 

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Putting Ideas to Work: A Practical Introduction to Political Thought (Book Review), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2009)

A book review by Steven Michels.

Mattern, Mark. Putting Ideas to Work: A Practical Introduction...

 

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Confronting Globalization: Humanity, Justice, and the Renewal of Politics (Book Review), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2006)

Book review by Steven Michels:

Hayden, Patrick and Chamsy el-Ojeili. Confronting Globalization: Humanity, Justice, and...