Social policy expert Stein Ringen will discuss “What is Power?” at Boston College on Oct. 31 at noon at 10 Stone Ave. [Space is limited. Advance RSVP required.] Ringen is emeritus professor of sociology and social policy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford and a visiting professor at Richmond, the American International University in London and adjunct professor at Lillehammer University College in Norway. He is the author of the new book Nation of Devils: Democracy and the Problem of Obedience. His other publications include What Democracy Is For: On Freedom and Moral Government, The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy (co-authored) and The Possibility of Politics: A Study in the Political Economy of the Welfare State. Ringen has served as assistant director general in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice, a consultant to the United Nations, and a news and feature reporter with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. A former professor at the University of Stockholm, Ringen has held visiting professorships and fellowships in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Brno, Barbados, Jerusalem, Sydney, and at Harvard University. Sponsors: The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.