Oana Borcan and Ola Olsson (Goteborg) and Louis Putterman (Brown): State History and Economic Development: Evidence from Six Millennia. Luciana Cingolani (UNU) and Kaj Thomsson and Denis De Crombrugghe (Maastricht): Minding Weber More than Ever? The Impacts of State Capacity and Bureaucratic Autonomy on Development Goals. Heiner Janus, Stephan Klingebie, and Sebastian Paulo (DIE): “Beyond Aid” and the Future of Development Cooperation. Jackson Faust (Birkbeck): Keep the Flow Going: the Global “Free Market” and its Institutional Support. Michael Clemens (CGD): Does Development Reduce Migration? Mahmoud Mohieldin and Dilip Ratha propose a new way to channel remittances toward development goals. Marianne Ward-Peradoza reviews Catch Up: Developing Countries in the World Economy by Deepak Nayyar. 1,000 days, the period that decides the health and wealth of the world: Roger Thurow on a globetrotting investigation into the biggest new idea in international development. Democracy causes economic development? Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, James A Robinson, and Pascual Restrepo on new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizable pro-growth effect. Why Jeffrey Sachs matters: Bill Gates explains why the Millennium Villages Project, though a failure, was worth the risk (and more). Rafia Zakaria on the white tourist’s burden: Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex. An American passion for tyrants: David Rieff reviews The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly. John Michael McGrath on the Western allergy to other people’s policy ideas. The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads. From the UNDP, the annual Human Development Report 2014 is out.
A new issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is out. Conor Foley (Nottingham): The Evolving Legitimacy of Humanitarian Interventions. Donald L. Drakeman (Cambridge): What's the Point of Originalism? Shawn W. Rosenberg (UC-Irvine): Citizen Competence and the Psychology of Deliberation. Fred Thompson and Polly S. Rizova (Willamette): How Government Creates Value. Shahar Hameiri (Murdoch): The Crisis of Liberal Peacebuilding and the Future of Statebuilding. Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia) and Ghazali Musa and S. Moghavvemi (Malaya): The Price of the Current Civilisation. Dwight Read (UCLA): Incest Taboos and Kinship: A Biological or a Cultural Story? Roy Edroso on how the conservative impeachment crusade is metastasizing thus. David Dayen on how Congress is blowing a huge opportunity to rebuild America. Avi Shlaim reviews Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories by Ahron Bregman. Steven H. Wright on how voter discrimination just got easier. From the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, Ruth Graham on how the American playground was born in Boston: As children’s play spaces evolve, the spirit behind the original 19th-century “sand garden” is on the rise again; and Leon Neyfakh on how the elevator transformed America: The unsung conveyance that threw us together — and allowed us to build up. A peek into the IMF machine: Gillian Tett on how Liaquat Ahamed lifts the lid on the subtle symbols that signal hierarchy, tribal affiliation and power. The only people who are likely to be hurt by the prospects of a smaller population are the "it's hard to find good help" crowd.
Adam Love (Mississippi State): Transgender Exclusion and Inclusion in Sport. Rodney K. Smith (Thomas Jefferson): Head Injuries, Student Welfare, and Saving College Football: A Game Plan for the NCAA. Is college football profitable for universities? Ben Mangrum wonders. Laura Seago on 27 signs you went to Notre Dame: Haters gonna hate, but you’re probably too busy watching Rudy to notice. Allie Jones on the Washington Benghazi Gay Guys: #TCOT renames the Redskins. Face it, women: The NFL does not give a shit about you. Mona Chalabi on three leagues, 92 teams and one black principal owner. Is your life more like a baseball game or a soccer match? David Brooks on how you might be surprised. Ian Blair on why soccer will never come home to the U.S. Want to keep Americans caring about soccer? USA-England, July 4 — let’s get it on. Mike L. Goodman on the “World Cup is over, now what?” guide to soccer. Diving is not unique to soccer — even baseball players do it, too. Dirk Hayhurst on a Major League pitcher's guide to baseball's bullshit unwritten rules. That kid is so lucky: David Johnson on being Tony Gwynn's bat boy. 75 years on, Little League still swings big bat. Up close on baseball’s borders: An unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom. Jim Tankersley on why it’s time to change how we pick sports teams: Geography needn't be destiny. How philosophy can illuminate sport and vice versa: David Papineau on why supporting a team isn't like choosing a washing machine. Lebron's return is bigger than basketball — much, much bigger than basketball (and more). Just Undo It: Here is the LeBron James profile that Nike killed. Bill Simmons' Big Score: Ron Tannenbaum on how a failed newspaper writer built a new kind of media empire at ESPN. There are two kinds of "sports journalism" — only one of them is really journalism.
Heather O’Connell (Wisconsin) and Carla Shoff (Penn State): Spatial Variation in the Relationship between Hispanic Concentration and County Poverty: A Migration Perspective. Andras Lenart (Szeged): Hispanic Hollywood: Spanish-language American Films in the 1920s and 1930s. Nicholas Vargas (Texas): Latina/o Whitening?: Which Latina/os Self-Classify as White and Report Being Perceived as White by Other Americans? Nate Cohn on how more Hispanics are declaring themselves white. Why are more Mexicans calling themselves white? Gustavo Arellano investigates (and more on “gabachos”) Will today’s Hispanics be tomorrow’s whites? How Hispanics perceive themselves may shape the future of race in America. Gary Segura and Ruy Teixeira on the myth of the "white" Latino: Sloppy analysis of Census data is giving the Republican Party false hope. Why did Republicans give up on Hispanics? Fear of a Non-White Nation: Republicans have a deep-seated fear of the country's changing demographics. A look at why Hispanics don’t have a larger political voice. Models of the internal colonialism and ethnic relations: Mehmet Odabasi and Idris Guclu on the case of Cubans and Puerto Ricans in the United States. “A matter of death and death”: Aura Bogado on confronting anti-black racism among Latinos. Maximo Anguiano on the unknown history of Latino lynchings. Roberto A. Ferdman on the great American Hispanic wealth gap: America's Hispanic population might offer one of the clearest examples of wealth inequality in the US. Does decline in Spanish fluency in Hispanic households signal a cultural loss or growing inclusion in American society? Julio Ortega reviews Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (and more and more).
Minah H. Jung and Clayton R. Critcher (UC-Berkeley): Offering of a Veneer of Legitimacy: An Ironic Consequence of Political Advertising Regulation. Campbell R. Harvey (Duke): Cryptofinance. Vladimir Kogan (OSU): When Voters Pull the Trigger: Can Direct Democracy Restrain Legislative Excesses? The enemy below: Gerard DeGroot on why Hamas tunnels scare Israel so much. Etgar Keret on Israel’s Other War: It’s an awful thing to make a truly tragic mistake — it’s worse to make that same mistake over and over again. Why is Israel losing a war it's winning? Jeffrey Goldberg on five reasons why Israel is on the back foot even as it wins the battle against rockets and tunnels. For most of recorded history, we have witnessed war in the rearview mirror — but journalists often now deliver what they see via Twitter, before consulting with headquarters, and it has made for more visceral, emotional reporting. Esther Inglis-Arkell on 10 pseudo-science theories we'd like to see retired forever. Can we have a virtuous sense of worth without the vanity of self-love? Simon Blackburn wonders. David Graeber explains why the more your job helps others, the less you get paid. Mohi Kumar on how the ability to adapt gave early humans the edge over other hominins. Build we won’t: Why America gave up on the future and caved on investing in building and maintaining our highways. Anne Elizabeth Moore on why the House of Skeeveball still stands. Fantasy and the Buffered Self: Alan Jacobs on how the genre offers re-enchantment without risk. Smart money buys Brand X: National brands are succeeding largely because of consumer ignorance.
From Jacobin, waiting for SCOTUS: By fixating on the Supreme Court, liberals have inherited the framers’ skepticism of popular sovereignty and mass politics. Jack M. Balkin on how liberals can reclaim the Constitution: Conservatives have been winning the constitutional debates for a generation, but liberals can stage a revival using an originalist argument. From The Baffler, Ned Resnikoff on the self-fulfilling prophecy of “next generation” neoliberals. Elias Isquith on how a left-wing Tea Party may be closer than you think. Noam Scheiber on how Hillary won over the skeptical Left: The surprising source of Clinton's invincibility. Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments for progressives show Democrats don't disagree on much. Elizabeth Warren’s Senate: The progressive senator has raised $2.3 million for Democratic Senate candidates and is showing up in states where you’d least expect her. Working the GOP’s weak spot: Paul Glastris on how Barack Obama is following Bill Clinton's minimum wage game plan to try to hold onto the Senate. Jonathan Chait on how Barack Obama saved the Obama administration, and on why Democrats can’t be the party of business. Harold Meyerson on why the Democrats need to take sides: Straddling class divisions is so last century — there's a new base in town, and it includes a lot of people who used to be middle-class but aren't anymore. My party has lost its soul: Bill Curry on Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats. If the Left wants scapegoats, just look in the mirror. Jennifer Roesch on an electoral strategy for the Left: Independent political challenges are welcome, but breaking the two-party system will require efforts that go beyond the ballot box.
James Kwak (UConn): “Social Insurance”, Risk Spreading, and Redistribution. Ann Cammett (CUNY): Deadbeat Dads and Welfare Queens: How Metaphor Shapes Poverty Law. From Pathways: A Magazine on Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy, a special issue on the "State of the Union". George P. Smith (CUA): Re-Negotiating a Theory of Social Contract for Universal Health Care in America or, Securing the Regulatory State? Arnold Relman reviews The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less by Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor. Why is the American Dream dead in the South? German Lopez on how the South could benefit the most from Obamacare. Obamacare will be vindicated by history: From JFK to FDR, here’s how the nation’s memory works. Annie Lowrey on the worst-case scenario for Obamacare. Why would anyone think Republican opposition to Obamacare is based on ideology as opposed to just money. Christopher Ingraham on how more than three quarters of conservatives say the poor “have it easy” but this notion is completely at odds with the data. Robert Reich on the three biggest Right-wing lies about poverty. Emily Badger on how the U.S. welfare system evolved to do the least for the people most in need. America’s demented welfare mentality: Matt Bruenig on how we choose to inflict misery while protecting the rich. Paul Ryan’s poverty plan attacks the wrong problem and comes up with the wrong solution. Max Ehrenfreund on how the most conservative way to fight poverty is to send everyone a government check. Dylan Matthews on how a guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy.
Michelangelo Magasic (Curtin): Travel Blogging: An Auto-ethnographic Study of How Online Interactions Influence a Journey. Michelle R. Warren (Dartmouth): The Song of Roland: How the Middle Ages Aren’t Old. Kieran Proctor (ANU): Sovereignty, Recognition and Duty: Hegel and the Responsibility to Protect. M. Isabel Medina (Loyola): Derivative Citizenship: What's Marriage, Citizenship, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Race and Class Got to Do with It? Timothy W. Grinsell (Chicago): Linguistics and Legislative Intent. The liberal Zionists: Jonathan Freedland reviews My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit (and Freedland on liberal Zionism after Gaza: “They will have to decide which of their political identities matters more, whether they are first a liberal or first a Zionist. And that is a choice they don’t want to make”). As Reason’s editor defends its racist history, here’s a copy of its holocaust denial “special issue”. Strange bedfellows: Andrew O’Hehir on Putin, the Chomskyite left and the ghosts of the Cold War. We’re missing the story: News media are cutting back on the immersive reporting that matters most. Who killed a nationally renowned blogging law professor Dan Markel in his home? Michael Schulson on how to choose: When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark. The introduction to Axel Hagerstrom and Modern Social Thought, ed. Sven Eliaeson, Patricia Mindus, and Stephen P. Turner. The Down and Dirty History of TMZ: Anne Helen Petersen on how a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of secrets.
The inaugural issue of Recreational Mathematics is out, including Robin Wilson (Oxford): Lewis Carroll in Numberland. Matias Slavov (Jyvaskyla): Hume's Fork and Mixed Mathematics. Michael Segre (Chieti): The Limits of Rationality in Mathematics: Some Historical Salient Points. Axel Gelfert (NUS): Applicability, Indispensability, and Underdetermination: Puzzling Over Wigner’s “Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics”. Is the universe made of math? An excerpt from Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark. Some philosophers think maths exists in a mysterious other realm; they’re wrong — look around, you can see it. The first chapter from Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us by Oscar E. Fernandez. We cannot help but react to numbers, but why are odds masculine and evens feminine, and why were Levi's 501s and WD-40 given those names? Alex Bellos on why we all love numbers. Why do Americans stink at math? Elizabeth Green on how the Common Core should finally improve math education — the problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it. The National Museum of Mathematics is antidote to math phobia. Mark Elliott on how DJs use math to mix the perfect beat. Pawel Rochman on what mathematics can tell theology. Mathematicians urge colleagues to refuse to work for the NSA. The hidden power of math: Sarah Gray interviews Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong (and more and more). Jonathan Kujawa on math, the extension of common sense by other means. Alex Bellos, author of The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life, was surprised at the detail with which people personify their favourite numbers — obviously, four is the best (and more).
Rene M. Stulz (OSU): Governance, Risk Management, and Risk-Taking in Banks. Thomas Gehrig and Marlene Haas (Vienna): Lehman Brothers: Did Markets Know? Matteo Crosignani (NYU): Why Are Banks Not Recapitalized During Crises? A Political Economy Explanation. Allen N. Berger and Raluca A. Roman (South Carolina): Did Saving Wall Street Really Save Main Street? The Real Effects of TARP on Local Economic Conditions. Christopher Gandrud and Mark Hallerberg (Hertie): It's Not How Much, But When They Spend: Political Institutions, Contingent Liabilities, and the Costs of Responding to Financial Crises. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Financial Regulation and Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Comment. Andrew F. Tuch (WUSTL): The Untouchables of Self-Regulation. From Harvard Law Review, a review essay on the politics of financial regulation and the regulation of financial politics by Adam J. Levitin. Wall Street whistleblowers: The personal price of exposing financial wrongdoing can be devastating — William D Cohan meets three men who went public and paid for it. David Cay Johnston reviews All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power by Nomi Prins. The right way to control the banks: Roger E. Alcaly reviews The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig. Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins reviews Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown by Philip Mirowski. The neoliberal bailout: Jonathan Kirshner reviews The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression by Daniel W. Drezner (and more and more). Danielle Douglas on how Obama can rein in Wall Street without going through Congress. Ignore the naysayers: Dodd-Frank reforms are finally paying off.