Shahzad Ansari (Cambridge) Frank Wijen (EUR), and Barbara Gray (PSU): Constructing a Climate Change Logic: An Institutional Perspective on the “Tragedy of the Commons”. Albert Lin (UC-Davis): Does Geoengineering Present a Moral Hazard? Richard J. Pierce Jr. (GWU): Legal Disputes Related to Climate Change Will Continue for a Century. From The Globalist, L. Ronald Scheman on the Cheney test for climate change; and Brent Ranalli on the conservative case for a proactive climate policy. Michael E. Mann on the number of things Nate Silver gets wrong about climate change. How certain can we be about climate change? David Roberts investigates. Why did the Mayan Civilization collapse? Deforestation and climate change. Rock Whisperer: To find out how fast, and how much, polar ice might melt in the future, scientists are looking to ancient rocks for clues of what happened in the past. Climate, human population and human survival: John Brooke on what the deep past tells us about the future. In a climate-crazed world, how can we plan for the future?
Edward B. Foley (Ohio State): Recounts: Elections in Overtime. Ora John Reuter (Rochester) and David Szakonyi (Columbia): Online Social Media and Political Awareness in Autocratic Regimes. The November Issue: Noreen Malone on the political philosophy of Anna Wintour. From Forbes, John Tamny reviews Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind by Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor. Ruth Ingamells on why telephone fundraising is the worst job in the world. The limits of communication: Political theorist Jodi Dean probes the contradictions and traps of nonstop information. Sebastian Haunss on the practice of mummery, a description of its various forms, a discussion of its meanings, its historical roots and the authorities’ reactions to this practice. Like someone is there: Ineffable encounters and moments of ego-transcendence can be quite matter-of-fact — what's really going on? Meet the world's worst central banker: Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann gets basic facts wrong and thinks his colleagues are the devil. Literary Criticism 21: William Benzon on academic literary study in a pluralist world.
Stephen F. Diamond (Santa Clara): Facebook's Failed IPO and the Era of Insider Capitalism. From FDL, a book salon on Bailout: How I Watched Washington Rescue Wall Street While Abandoning Main Street by Neil Barofsky. Raging Bulls: Jerry Adler on how Wall Street got addicted to light-speed trading. Barry Ritholtz on 10 inviolable rules for dealing with the sharks on Wall Street. Sarah Binder on credible commitments and the Federal Reserve. An interview with Kirsten Grind, author of The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual. William J. Quirk on Too Big to Fail and Too Risky to Exist: Four years after the 2008 financial crisis, banks are behaving more recklessly than ever. “This guy hates us”: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on why Wall Street turned against Obama. Vanguard creator Jack Bogle speaks on how to reform Wall Street. Michael Biggs and Thomas Mayer on how central banks contributed to the financial crisis. Lehman Brothers: Mark Denbeaux et al. on a license to fail with other people’s money. Lehman Brothers, we heard you were dead: It's time to forget about the bank that almost destroyed the world. An excerpt from A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters by Scott Reynolds Nelson.
A new issue of Pastoralism is out. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): A Constitutional Right to Lie in Campaigns and Elections? From Catapult, a special issue on conviction: Whether we name it or not, our actions fundamentally emerge from a worldview, a way of understanding who we are and what our responsibility is in the world. From Nerve, farewell, my pizza boy: Jeremy Harlin on the six new porn plotlines. The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson, whose misleading campaign to “reform” traditional social welfare programs has subtly set the terms of the Washington debate. The weather made me do it: An interview with Peter Watson, author of The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New. Where is the line between voting according to our moral convictions and voting to enforce our ideas of morality on others? "The Hustler's MBA" is a modest proposal for a four-year alternative to university for recent high-school grads. Where the 1970s are ancient history: Young Vietnamese line up for American coffee, not exhibits on American “atrocities”. Samuel Helfont reviews Islam and the Arab Awakening by Tariq Ramadan.
From Journal of Theoretical Politics, what is a “gene” and why does it matter for political science? The introduction to a special issue on Genes and Politics. Razib Khan on a political animal in the genes. The introduction to Framing Democracy: A Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory by Jamie Terence Kelly. Adam Corner asks what it means for the social psychology discipline if its practitioners are overwhelmingly left wing. From Bad Subjects, Joseph Natoli on the neoliberal/Right-wing psyche and on the liberal psyche (and part 2). From n+1, Benjamin Kunkel on politicopsychopathology: Neurotocrats vs. the Grand Old Psychosis. Are independents just partisans in disguise? James Walter reviews Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office by Jennifer L. Lawless and The Psychology of Politicians. From The Nation, Sophia Rosenfeld reviews The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics by Martin Jay, Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics by John J. Mearsheimer, and Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power, From Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond by David Runciman.