Agnar Sandmo (NHH): The Principal Problem in Political Economy: Income Distribution in the History of Economic Thought. Onur Ulas Ince (Koc): Imperial Origins of the “National Economy”. Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State): The Intergenerational Welfare State. Christopher Krogslund (UC-Berkeley): Debt and Taxes: Re-examining the Causes of Welfare State Retrenchment. Balazs Egert (OECD): The 90% Public Debt Threshold: The Rise and Fall of a Stylised Fact. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development, and the Restructuring of the State. Volkmar Gessner (Bremen): Weberian Versus Pluralistic Legal Forces in the Global Political Economy. Edward S. Cohen (Westminster): Legal Pluralism, Private Power, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Global Political Economy. Hossein Nabilou (EUR): Global Governance of Financial Institutions and Regulatory Arbitrage: The Case of Hedge Funds. We can’t go on like this: Serge Halimi on five years after the great crash. From The Economist, a special section on the world economy, including Grep Ip on the gated globe: The forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, giving way to a more conditional, interventionist and nationalist model. Never mind the generals, here come the technocrats: Voters across the world increasingly prefer technocrats to run affairs — why are they so popular?

Orna Ben-Naftali and Zvi H. Triger (COLMAS): The Human Conditioning: International Law and Science-Fiction. From The Appendix, a special issue on the history of sound. Evan R. Goldstein on the would-be philosopher-king: Michael Ignatieff left Harvard and reinvented himself as a politician — a surreal rise and dizzying fall ensued. From TPM, a special report by Dylan Scott on how insurers are hiding Obamacare benefits from customers. Could Obamacare be abolished by a peaceful, well organized protest movement? Obamacare “victim” now says loss of previous health plan may be “a blessing in disguise”: Dianne Barrette was the media's go-to example of an Obamacare victim — until she found out all of her options. Francis Fukuyama on why we need a new Pendleton Act: The botched rollout of shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector. Experts see nuclear power as aid for global warming. How often you say “I” says more than you realize. When Obama lost the first debate so badly to Mitt Romney, his team was worried but not panicked; the real fear kicked in a little later — “if we don’t fix this,” said adviser David Plouffe, “we could lose the whole election.” You may think you know how gross Kirk Cameron is, but unless you saw his latest “movie”, Unstoppable, you have no idea. Jesus runs New York Marathon with cross-strapped to back. Floating island of Japan's tsunami debris headed for U.S.

From The New York Observer, as we approach the end of the Bloomberg mayoralty, it is stunning to realize the scope of his impact on the city. From The New Yorker, John Cassidy on Bill de Blasio’s liberalism. The 99% Mayor: Bill de Blasio’s promise may also be his problem. From Brooklyn Magazine, Kristin Iversen on the economics of being a Brooklyn writer: or writing has become a privileged profession; on ten Brooklyn writers and how they write; on 10 of the best places to write in Brooklyn; and on 10 books to read in 10 Brooklyn bars; here is a real life tour of 10 fictional Brooklyn places and a look at the 10 most classic Brooklyn novels; and Virginia K. Smith on 30 essential literary Twitter feeds and on how to eat (and drink) your way through Literary Brooklyn. New York’s foremost java expert Oliver Strand explains how we got to $5 single-brews and $75-a-pound beans, and just where the heck we’re going next. Jim Russell on hipster demography and gentrification: Stop blaming young people for rent hikes in Brooklyn. From, from an unassuming Midtown Manhattan office, seventy-eight-year-old conservative thinker John Leo challenges the left wing's dominant grip on American universities; and Alex Wilkinson on the conservative next door: Unabashedly proud Reaganite Rosanne Klass retires to the Upper West Side, and revels in scaring the neighbors with her contrarian political views. Sune Engel Rasmussen on the rise and fall of New York imam Shamsi Ali.

From Vanity Fair, Kurt Eichenwald on the truth about Obamacare and how it solves the suffering of the insured. Colin Gordon on the irony and limits of the Affordable Care Act. Dylan Scott on what really happens to people whose insurance is “canceled” because of Obamacare (and more). Jonathan Chait on why letting everyone keep their health-care plan is a terrible idea. Why not just postpone the launch? Garance Franke-Ruta on why it's too late to delay Obamacare (and more). Kevin Drum on the lesson of Obamacare: Sabotage works. Alan Wolfe on the paranoid style, then and now: Can Richard Hofstadter's insights of a half-century ago help us understand today's radical right? Cass Sunstein how the Alger Hiss case explains the Tea Party. The strategies pursued by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could help determine whether the Tea Party remains at war with the GOP establishment or is eventually integrated. What if progressives took a page from the Tea Party? Bhaskar Sunkara wonders. Elizabeth Drew on Tom Foley and Washington: When decency prevailed. Robert W. Merry on the slow death of American democracy. From Salon, sorry, Jon Stewart, you’re not “just a comedian”: The Daily Show needs to stop pretending he's simply another late-night jokester — and own his real influence; and lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”: Thomas Frank on how the political media's non-stop “debates” poison democracy because “thinkers” speak in empty, exhausted cliches. 25 years later, “The Simpsons” is still one of television’s premier political pundits, at least as far as U.S. presidents are concerned.

From Comparative Literature and Culture, a special issue on literacy and society, culture, media, and education. Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age. The introduction to Enigmas of Identity by Peter Brooks. Willing the impossible: An interview with Judith Butler, author of Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. Greenland opens the door to uranium and rare earths extraction. From the New York Times Book Review, a special issue on books on technology. Steve Fuller on how Right and Left are fading away — the real question in politics will be: do you look to the earth or aspire to the skies? Please stop comparing health insurance to car insurance. You can't learn about morality from brain scans: Thomas Nagel on the problem with moral psychology. Why is it always a white guy: Michael Kimmel on the roots of modern, violent rage. Are things actually looking up in the Middle East? Patrick Smith wonders. Goodbye to romance: What comes after a dream writing job? Destroying the right to be left alone: Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood on how the NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete. From Slate, an investigation of all things cool. The first book in the subfield of Hello Kitty studies, Pink Globalization explores Kitty’s kawaiipolitik. Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer — Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.

From Cato Unbound, Terence Kealey on the case against public science. Erin Biba on why the government should fund unpopular science — it's a no-brainer. The STEM crisis is a myth: Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. Why are there still so few women in science? The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with longstanding theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude. Lauren Rankin on when a black female scientist gets called an “urban whore”. From Citizen Science Quarterly, spare a thought for the scientist. Erin Biba on how the way the U.S. teaches science doesn’t work. How well do mature and emerging nations capitalize on science? Hundreds of open access journals, including those published by industry giants Sage, Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, have accepted a fake scientific paper in a sting operation that reveals the “contours of an emerging wild west in academic publishing” (and more). From The Economist, trouble at the lab: Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting — to an alarming degree, it is not; and how science goes wrong: Scientific research has changed the world — now it needs to change itself. Kevin Hartnett on defining the difference between real science and pseudoscience. From The New Atlantis, a symposium on science, technology, and religion; science and non-science in liberal education: Harvey C. Mansfield on the confidence of scientists and the need for philosophy; and Raymond Tallis on Thomas Nagel’s defiance of the materialist mainstream.

From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on the politics of climate change. Dale W. Jamieson (NYU) and Marcello Di Paola (LUISS): Climate Change and Global Justice: New Problem, Old Paradigm? Timo Koivurova, Sebastien Duyck, and Leena Heinamaki (Lapland): Climate Change and Human Rights. David Leonhardt interviews Paul Sabin, author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future. Super natural: Tim Dee on the rise of the new nature writing. Barry Silverstein reviews What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees by Tony Juniper. Is environmentalism a religion? Sure, why not! Polly Cleveland on why taxing carbon is like taxing diamonds. Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology? Since 2008, the world has committed $25 billion to carbon capture — with little to show for it so far. Judith Shulevitz on how to win a debate with a climate-change denier: Plenty of people deny science — but there are tricks that make communication work. Climate regulations could cost fossil-fuel firms trillions — should they be worried? Jonathan Chait on why the Keystone fight a huge environmentalist mistake (and a response). Al Gore and David Blood on the coming carbon asset bubble: Fossil-fuel investments are destined to lose their economic value — investors need to adjust now. A look at 6 things every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism.

David Herzig (Valparaiso): Justice for All: Reimagining the Internal Revenue Service. From the World Policy Journal, a special issue on secrecy and security. Silicon Valley dreams of secession: You won't find a more brazen declaration of techno-utopian libertarian fantasy than startup founder Balaji Srinivasan's speech. Stephen P. Halbrook reviews Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours by Emily Miller. Thanassis Cambanis on what sprouted in the Arab Spring: A gutted civil society rediscovers its power — and, perhaps, a chance to rewrite the region’s future. Twitter just solved its biggest problem: Words. Brad DeLong on a very nice article by Jim Tankersley about the Affordable Care Act and Tea-Party Land, with one significant flaw. Joan Walsh on the pernicious myth of Obama’s “incompetence”. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how the "crack baby" scare armed the pro-life cause. Felix Salmon on why Apple should be like Bloomberg. Who watches the watchers?: The introduction to Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagar. Not so horny: Cuckolded fathers are rare now, and were equally rare in the past. David Birnbaum made his fortune selling jewellery to movie stars; now he has published a “remarkable and profound” investigation into the origins of the universe — is there any reason to take it seriously? Marc Tracy on how crazy senator Mike Lee became a sudden darling of the respectable Right.

Paul M. Janicke (Houston): Overview of the New Patent Law of the United States. Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern): Patents, Politics and Abortion. New Zealand just abolished software patents — here’s why we should, too. Sorting out the high-tech patent mess: Claude Barfield on how recent action by the U.S. trade representative highlights the need for reform in America’s high-tech patent sector. Apple is the patent trolls' No. 1 target, with 171 suits since 2009. Property and theft: Peter Frase on how the overthrow of all intellectual property leaves unanswered the question of how to control the exploitation of the cultural commons by digital capitalists. Nebraska’s attorney general has declared war on patent trolls. Sean Vitka on how patent trolls have a new enemy. “Patent troll” claiming playlists and podcasts scores license with SanDisk: Personal Audio LLC, singled out by EFF and media, is rolling onward. Patent trolls Lumen View: "Calling us patent trolls is a hate crime, now you owe us even more money". Timothy Lee on why large patent holders hate this reform proposal — that’s a good sign: Companies with large patent portfolios oppose a proposal to invalidate bad patents. Chris Matyszczyk on how Google wants to patent splitting the restaurant bill. Eli Dourado on how patent privateers have eroded mutually assured destruction in the computer industry. Finally, a bill to end patent trolling: Bipartisan bill has most of what reformers want and a real chance of passing.

Constantinos Alexiou and Joseph Nellis (Cranfield): Is There Life After “Death” for the Greek Economy? Christmas in Thessaloniki: Arnon Grunberg on life in the long shadow of Greece’s economic collapse, as related by five citizens of the nation’s second-largest city. The barbarism of reason: John Gray on the Notebooks of Leopardi — the first full translation of a reclusive Italian poet’s philosophical “hotchpotch” is a major event in the history of ideas. When evil was a social system: Christopher Caldwell on the moral burdens of living under communist rule in Eastern Europe. The reluctant giant: Ullrich Fichtner on why Germany shuns its global role. The reign in Spain is mainly on the wane? Bob Colacello on King Juan Carlos’s controversies. Alexander Stille on why the French are fighting over work hours. Leo Tolstoy so admired the Doukhobors, a remote pacifist sect in the highlands of Georgia, he tried to shield them from the modern world — now only 500 of them remain. Forty years ago, squatters in Copenhagen set up the “free zone” of Christiania inside an old military base — the main drag is now a drug market called Pusher Street, but against all odds, and with a little help from the establishment, Christiania is doing just fine. Denmark is considered the happiest country — you'll never guess why. The New Barons: Michal Kus, Stephan Russ-Mohl, and Adam Szynol on power, politics, and media. Chantal Mouffe on how most countries in Europe are in a post-political situation.