The man with a take-some-prisoners approach
UCLA Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman (from the left) moderated a discussion on the legacy of the renowned social commentator, UCLA Emeritus Professor James Q. Wilson. Joining Kleiman were Pepperdine economist Angela Hawken, UCLA Public Policy Professor and political scientist Mark Peterson, and Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck.
Rarely does a public intellectual generate as much admiring disagreement as political scientist James Q. Wilson, who died this year at age 80.
At a Zócalo event Monday co-presented by UCLA at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, a panel of social scientists and policy makers discussed Wilson’s intellectual legacy. All had serious disagreements with Wilson. All praised him profusely. And all acknowledged that Wilson’s influence had been vast.