Hedgehogs, Foxes, and Superstar Intellectuals: A Conversation with Daniel Drezner

Hedgehogs, Foxes, and Superstar Intellectuals: A Conversation with Daniel Drezner

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas, by Daniel W. Drezner (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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I was joined this week by Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and regular contributor to the Washington Post. Professor Drezner is also the author of an excellent recent book, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.

We spoke about the difference between thought leaders and public intellectuals, and how the rise of the latter has affected the marketplace of ideas. Professor Drezner shares his thoughts on bridging the divide between the academy and policy worlds, and discusses how he approached writing about an industry while being an active participant in it. We also talk about the way analysis by private firms is contributing to the ideas industry, and Professor Drezner offers some advice for young people entering the field.

Listen to our conversation, and be sure to follow Professor Drezner on Twitter @dandrezner.

Micah Zenko

Senior Fellow