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The ideology of social scientists: A complex balance

The conflict between liberty and equality is often central to ideological differences among social scientists


Pranab Bardhan
Many decades back when I was teaching at MIT, a senior colleague of mine, Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, a famous development economist, asked me at the beginning of our many long conversations what my politics was like. I said “Left of center, though many Americans may consider it too far left while several of my Marxist friends in India do not consider it left enough”. As someone from ‘old Europe’ he understood, and immediately put his hand on his heart and said “My heart too is located slightly left of center”. A 2015 study by psychologist Jose Duarte and his co-authors found
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First Published: Nov 24 2020 | 1:26 PM IST

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