Again, Universities are in the news accused of being incubators for ideological purism and rejection of opposing viewpoints. A part of this is whether academics are more ‘left’ than the general population, which other blog posts suggest is probably the case.

Another part of this — which seems to me to be more important — is whether the distribution of ideology is more narrow amongst University employees than other occupations. Essentially, I would guess that many occupations are on average more ‘left’ or ‘right’ than the ‘general’ population, for a bunch of reasons: self-selection into the jobs, education required for…

Daniel Devine

PhD @ Southampton & Research Fellow, TrustGov.

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