Gary King (Harvard): Restructuring the Social Sciences: Reﬂections from Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Marisa Ramirez (San Luis Obispo), Joan T. Dalton (Windsor), Gail McMillan (VPI), Max Read (UBS), and Nancy H. Seamans (Georgia State): Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? From Sage Connection, an article on open access future in the humanities and social sciences. Mary Sue Coleman on lessons from the humanities and social sciences. Teaching with literature makes social sciences come alive: Students get deeper insights when writers and poets such as Dickens and Neruda are on the syllabus, David Aberbach argues. Scott McLemee reviews Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences by Michael Billig. Robert Dingwall on why social science education is as important as STEM. David Banks on selling the social sciences: Can social scientists do more and better things for the world working in Silicon Valley than the Ivory Tower? From Books and Ideas, Philippe Descola writes in praise of social sciences. Henry Farrell on why Elizabeth Warren cares about funding the social sciences. Social scientists hit back at grant rules: Researchers seek to fend off restrictions on National Science Foundation grant programmes. Robert Cialdini explains how social science can inform policy. Adam Gurri on how the golden age of social science has begun. There are jobs in social science — 'nuff said.
Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Sentencing in America, 1975-2025. Melissa Hamilton (Houston): McSentencing: Mass Federal Sentencing and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Craig S. Lerner (George Mason): Life Without Parole as a Conflicted Punishment. Alexander Volokh (Emory): Prison Accountability and Performance Measures. Harry Levine on the scandal of racist marijuana arrests and what to do about it. Lauren Kirchner on mapping (and potentially preventing) crime with math. As federal prison population spiked 790 percent: Prison overcrowding is projected to get even worse in the coming years — the one single fix that could stem the trend is reform to mandatory minimum sentences, a new study finds. Haunting new pictures of women in prison: Oklahoma has the world's highest incarceration rate for women — Yousef Khanfar traveled there and took these pictures of them. Why are prison riots declining while prison populations explode? Joseph Bernstein visits the corrections officers’ annual Mock Prison Riot. The American Police State: Sociologist Alice Goffman interrogates the criminal-justice system, and tries to stay out of the spotlight. Congress is poised to bury “tough-on-crime” — Obama should hang back and let them work. Al From and Jose Cerda on why American politicians don't talk about crime anymore. Christian Lorentzen reviews Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn.
Evie Browne (Birmingham): State Fragility and Social Cohesion. The introduction to The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction by David Wengrow. Arindrajit Dube on the minimum we can do: A 10 percent increase in the minimum wage would reduce poverty by around 2 percent. Higher calling: Steve Coll on raising the minimum wage. Better pay now: Raising the minimum wage would help many Americans, and might actually be politically possible. Jared Bernstein on the minimum wage and the laws of economics. Kevin Hartnett on the most important people who ever lived: A new ranking system puts Napoleon above Shakespeare and Darwin, and finds some very overrated artists. Statistically, who's the greatest person in history? Cass Sunstein on why quants can't measure historic significance. What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? Welcome to the Memory Hole. Healthcare.Gov is not like Amazon.com — should we care? Brian Beutler on how Obamacare became its own culture war. Richard Brody on Hannah Arendt's failures of imagination. The greatest trick the Supreme Court ever pulled was convincing the world Roe v. Wade still exists. GOP debunked on food stamps: Forget the nonsense about them breeding dependency — food stamps increase self-sufficiency, research shows. This is every Millennial trend piece ever written. ungrammatical language is awseome u guys srsly.
Taylor Davis (UBC): Group Selection in the Evolution of Religion: Genetic Evolution or Cultural Evolution? Rob Ninowski on the origins of religion: A historical and methodological review. The rise of religion might be all about sex: A study suggests religion might have arisen to protect certain reproductive strategies, like long-term partnership. The introduction to God, Sexuality, and the Self by Sarah Coakley. Andrea Castillo on New Atheism, moral orders, and the psychology of sanctity. David E. Campbell on how it’s social ties — not religion — that makes the faithful give to charity. What good is religion? Sigfried Gold wonders. Can you have religion without God? Moshe Halbertal on Ronald Dworkin and a religious worldview for secularists (and more). Deeper than God: Stanley Fish on Ronald Dworkin’s religious atheism. Isaac Chotiner interviews Richard Dawkins on the Pope, fiction, and why Jews win Nobel Prizes. Scientists try to reconcile Adam and Eve story, whiff — again. What are the odds that Jesus rose from the dead or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small. From Vice, was Jesus a Roman hoax to trick the Jews? Piercarlo Valdesolo on the psychological power of Satan: How a belief in “pure evil” shapes people’s thinking. Is secularism unprincipled? Ian Pollock wonders. Billy Sichone on why Bertrand Russell rejected Christianity. London-based “atheist church” launches new congregation in Nashville. Adam Lee on why people are flocking to a new wave of secular communities: Atheist churches.
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Becoming Denmark: Historical Paths to Control of Corruption. Wang-Sheng Lee and Cahit Guven (Deakin): Engaging in Corruption: The Influence of Cultural Values and Contagion Effects at the Micro Level. Lindsey D. Carson (Toronto): Deciding to Act Corruptly. Shaun McGirr (Michigan): Deliberate Indiscretion: Why Bureaucratic Agencies are Differently Corrupt. Marko Klasnja, Andrew Little, and Joshua Tucker (NYU): Political Corruption Traps. Augusto Lopez Claros (World Bank): Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption. Bertrand Venard (Audencia): Institutions, Corruption and Sustainable Development. Roderic Broadhurst (ANU) and Peter Yang (RegNet): After the Bo Xilai Trial: Does Corruption Threaten China's Future? Oguzhan C. Dincer (Illinois State) and Per G. Fredriksson (Louisville): Does Trust Matter? Corruption and Environmental Regulatory Policy in the United States. A survey of 51,000 Africans in 34 countries found that nearly 1 in 3 had paid a bribe within the previous year to obtain a government document, get medical care or settle a problem with police. “Social pressure can help fight corruption”: Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Is Transparency International's measure of corruption still valid? Critics say the NGO's Corruption Perceptions Index conveys an “elite bias” and doesn't show evidence of actual corruption. Juan Cole on the top 10 ways the US is the most corrupt country in the world.
A new issue of the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out. Terry Bristol (ISEPP): Philosophy of Engineering and the Engineering Worldview. Here's how this is going to go down: Most of you will be outraged or disgusted by this ad — by its overt luddism and sexism and libertarian man-musk. Meet the O’Bamas: Ben Schreckinger on how the president’s Irish “cousin” is making shrewd use of the First Family. Here, there is no hand-wringing about the death of the book: Frances Wilson reviews A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland and How to Read a Novelist by John Freeman. Maryn McKenna on imagining the post-antibiotics future: After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent — so what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely? The science behind mythical dragons: Paleontologist and Tolkien aficionado Henry Gee explains fire-breathing villains like The Hobbit's Smaug. The more we hate it, the more it agrees with us: Adam Corner on how advertising turned anti-consumerism into a secret weapon. Controlling healthcare costs: James Surowiecki on Obamacare’s placebo effect. David Corn on why Obamacare means life and death for both political parties. Igor Volsky on the fake Obamacare site that is trying to trick Californians. Sarah Hedgecock on what's wrong with America's newspaper opinion columnists in one chart. Alex Pareene on Politico’s useless new “magazine”: Heavy on Politico, short on magazine.
Sutirtha Bagchi (Michigan) and Jan Svejnar (Columbia): Does Wealth Inequality Matter for Growth? The Effect of Billionaire Wealth, Income Distribution, and Poverty. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium in the Top 1 Percent. Dave Johnson on 5 signs the rich have way too much money. Bill Humphrey on the problem with billionaires: A different case for higher U.S. taxes on the ultra-rich. Scott McLemee reviews Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin. Carlos Lozada on the deal with rich people. Noreen Malone on what tech wealth has done to real estate in San Francisco. Is billionaire guilt a trend? Rick Ungar wants to know. Blame rich, overeducated elites as our society frays. Don Fitz goes inside the psyche of the 1%: Many actually believe their ideology of greed makes for a better world. Sorry, folks, rich people actually don't “create the jobs”. Plutocrats at work: Joanne Barkan on how Big Philanthropy undermines democracy. From New Left Project, Jason Hickel on the madness of capital. “Ryan loves the poor the way fundamentalist Christians love gays”: The Washington Post has an article on Paul Ryan's efforts to rebrand himself as an anti-poverty crusader that lands way up there on the unintentional comedy scale (and more). Michelle Goldberg on the GOP’s poverty denialism: According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy. Claude S. Fischer on why poverty breeds more poverty. Mark R. Eank on how poverty in America is mainstream.
From The Nation, Sean Guillory on how Russian nationalism fuels race riots: The Biryulyovo riots should be read first and foremost as a protest against the multiethnic state. Can the absence of freedom of speech, a monopolized media market, and a politicized education create obstacles which will stand in the way of economic growth? Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy and Dmitry Cherny on the crooked mirror. James W. Carden on why Russians still don't hate communism. Reports of Russia’s death are exaggerated: Spengler reviews Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America by Ilan Berman. Nikolas K. Gvosdev on how Russia's military is back. J. Lester Feder on the Russian plot to take back Eastern Europe at the expense of gay rights. Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Kenneth Yalowitz on how to handle Russia. Russia’s foreign policy is nearing complete failure: Putin’s diplomatic coup on Syria obscures a dismal pattern, writes Stephen Sestanovich. What the hell's going on in Ukraine, explained. Gideon Rachman on how Putin miscalculated in the struggle for Ukraine. Is Ukraine Putin’s Pyrrhic victory or “resurgent neo-authoritarian Russia flexing geopolitical muscle”? Kevin Drum on Vladimir Putin and the limits of thuggishness. The seduction of George W. Bush: Peter Baker on how the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin — and how a warm friendship turned to ice.
From White House Studies, Robert J. Spitzer (SUNY-Cortland): Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes. Evelyn M. Tenenbaum (Albany): The Union of Contraceptive Services and the Affordable Care Act Gives Birth to First Amendment Concerns. Tenzan Eaghll on a plea to critique the pope’s pity. To walk the world: Journalist Paul Salopek embarks on a seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra Del Fuego, following in the footsteps of our restless forebears. With "Knockout Game" back in fashion, Rightbloggers revive the old Ooga Booga. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the hard charger at Obama’s side, has his hands full (and more). Jonathan Chait on how Obamacare is still alive. Eating their own: Sahil Kapur on the rise of Obamacare McCarthyism. Chomsky versus Dershowitz: Richard Falk reviews Chomsky and Dershowitz: On Endless War and the End of Civil Liberties by Howard Friel. Bill Gates on how you can be a more effective donor. Clive Thompson on Vaclav Smil, the man Bill Gates thinks you absolutely should be reading. Wagner and consequences: Slavoj Zizek on a Lacanian reading of classic operas — the ridiculous excess of mercy. The “evolution” of Little Red Riding Hood: New analysis reveals whether different folktales are related or not. For 20 years the nuclear launch code at US Minuteman silos was 00000000.
Luigi Guiso (EIEF), Paola Sapienza (Northwestern) and Luigi Zingales (Chicago): The Value of Corporate Culture. Richard Schragger (Virginia) and Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Some Realism about Corporate Rights. Anne Alstott (Yale): Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards: Options for Legal Design in the United States. Y. Han (Andy) Kim (NTU) and Felix Meschke (Kansas): CEO Interviews on CNBC. Christopher M. Bruner (Washington and Lee): Is the Corporate Director's Duty of Care a “Fiduciary” Duty? Does It Matter? Mitchell Hoffman (Toronto) and John Morgan (UC-Berkeley): Who's Naughty? Who's Nice? Experiments on Whether Pro-Social Workers are Selected Out of Cutthroat Business Environments. Do firms go bad? Lee E. Biggerstaff, David Cicero, and Andy Puckett on how curbing corporate misbehaviour is a key policy goal but fixing the problem requires an understanding of what causes it. Don Peck on how the emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote. Emma Roller on the corporate ethos that contributed to healthcare.gov's failure. Capitalism in trouble: CEOs are growing nervous — can they help save our system from its worst excesses? Wells Fargo’s makeover: Avi Asher-Schapiro on how Wells Fargo has found a way to spin its history of racist and predatory lending into public relations gold. Daniel Little on Thorstein Veblen's critique of the American system of business. The mindfulness business: Western capitalism is looking for inspiration in eastern mysticism.