Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Citizenship and Dignity; and Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights? John Tasioulas (UCL): Justice, Equality, and Rights. Mauro Bussani (Trieste) and Ugo Mattei (UC-Hastings): Democracy and the Western Legal Tradition. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory): Beyond Identities: The Limits of an Antidiscrimination Approach to Equality. Thom Brooks (Durham): The Capabilities Approach and Political Liberalism. Loren King (Wilfrid Laurier): Seeing Like a Theorist. Fabio Macioce (LUMSA): Self-Determination and Social Order. Evan Fox-Decent (McGill): Unseating Unilateralism. From Public Reason, a special issue on “Global Justice: Norms and Limits”. Martin Jay gives three George L. Mosse Lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, titled "After the Eclipse: The Light of Reason in Late Critical Theory". Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, presents her lecture, entitled “Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of ‘Cultural’ Difference”. Duncan Money reviews Empire and Modern Political Thought, ed. Sankar Muthu. Sevgi Dogan on the problem of the individual in the modern state.
Michael Murphy (Royal Holloway): The Concept of Cosmopolitan Democracy. From The Independent Review, Robert Higgs on truth and freedom in economic analysis and economic policy making. Juliette Galonnier reviews Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa by Thomas Blom. All good print magazines go to digital heaven — or do they? Don't engage Kim Jong Un — bankrupt him: Joshua Stanton and Sung-Yoon Lee on why it's time to play hardball with North Korea's new leader. With its purchase of Current TV, Al Jazeera has wide access to the American market for the first time — but will audiences come? Dean Starkman on The Wall Street Journal memo on doubling down on scoops. The Women's Review of Books celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sapient apes ascendant: Timothy McGettigan on the costs and benefits of human agency. John Gray reviews The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century by Vladimir Tismaneanu. Queen Beatrix has announces that she will abdicate on 30 April 2013 in favor of her oldest son, the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander.
Yury Zaretskiy (HSE): The Russian State and its Universities: A History of the Present. From the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, a special issue on police brutality and police reform in Russia and the CIS. Putin v. Pussy Riot: The trial of a punk band highlights the social troubles of post-Soviet Russia. How much influence does Father Tikhon Shevkunov have over the Russian president? Charles Clover investigates. John M. Handley reviews The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia by Angus Roxburgh. Masked gunmen raid the offices of a Siberian indigenous organization in Buryatia in Russia, kidnapping two men and taking them to undisclosed locations. Russia and the West: Alessandro Vitale on the myth of Russian cultural homogeneity and the “Siberian Paradox”. Michela A.G. Iazzarino on a survival dictionary for Siberia, the biggest and coldest place in the world (in 8 parts). Tower Records: Andrew Biliter on the Moscow that never was. Yelena Akhtiorskaya reviews Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith. Joerg Baten reviews The Standard of Living and Revolutions in Russia, 1700–1917 by Boris Mironov.
Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Open-Sourcing the Global Academy: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy. Brendan Sheehan (Leeds Metropolitan): The Political Economy of John Maynard Keynes: A Beginner’s Guide. From Ryerson Review of Journalism, what drives a little-known investigative journalist from Ottawa to expose a massive cheating scandal at the heart of worldwide pro soccer? Ignacio Estefanell wonders. Joe Laking reviews Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective by Ulrike M Vieten. “Muslims Need Not Apply": Elizabeth Shakman Hurd argues that a recent religious discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows why the commission should be disbanded. From Plus, is the universe simple or complex? Faye Kilburn investigates (and part 2). This Government on Wheels brings city services to the people: City Hall to Go is a mobile office that travels around Boston, letting citizens interact with their government without having to trek to City Hall. Is art inevitably tainted by politics? Norman Berdichevsky wonders. Dan Smith introduces a new edition of The State of the World Atlas.
From Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, mapping the Left: Ethan Young on progressive politics in the United States. Paul Reynolds reviews Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals by Stanley Aronowitz. The next Left: Jake Blumgart interviews Bhaskar Sunkara. This dossier takes its cue from one of the Occupy movement’s bedrock slogans, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”. From Mother Jones, Andy Kroll reveals the massive new liberal plan to remake American politics: A month after President Obama won reelection, America's most powerful liberal groups met to plan their next moves. Hendrik Hertzberg on Obama and liberalism’s return. The Conservative Left: Obama is trying to seize conservatism from Republicans — should they become the new reformers? Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has taken on the role of liberal gatekeeper — trying to goad Barack Obama and Andrew Cuomo away from the Democratic center. How gun culture won over liberals: The new “gun nuts” — media elites, locavores, and hipster hunters. Michael Lind on liberalism’s unfinished agenda. Why I am a liberal: Rick Perlstein on how it is liberals who have been at the forefront of struggles for freedom and liberty. Kevin Carson on why he doesn't much like liberals.