Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne): The Constitutional Credentials of State Constitutions. Simone Bignall (UNSW): Dismantling the White-Man Face: Racialisation, Faciality and the Palm Island Riot. From the new Sydney Review of Books, Kerryn Goldsworthy on what we talk about when we talk about Australian literature; and “who or what killed Australian literature?”: Nicholas Jose reviews The Burning Library by Geordie Williamson. Martin W. Lewis on Australia’s empty countryside and the Melbourne/Sydney rivalry. The first chapter from Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth by Ian W. McLean (and more). Who really rules Australia? Murray Hunter on a tragic tale of the Australian people. Campbell Newman doesn't like compulsory voting, even though it's part of our democratic makeup and delivers more equitable elections, writes Alex White.
Surbhi Arora and Anshuman Gupta (UPES): Control Oil, Rule the World! David Bartram (Leicester): What is Work? Insights from Non-Intuitive Cases. Peter Hart on an “informal arrangement” to not report the news. From Jacobin, Peter Frase writes in defense of Soviet waiters. David Cole on how we made killing easy. Bristling Dixie: Uncle Walt thought Song of the South would be his masterpiece — now it’s invisible. Walk this way: Throughout history we've engineered new steps, from the sensible to the ceremonial. Gail Heriot on the sad irony of affirmative action. Suppose I pitched you a blog called, “The Ugly, Uneducated, and Morally Unsophisticated Women of OKCupid Who Don’t Deserve To Have Sex With Me”. From The New Yorker, what will Obama do with his second term? We the People: Michael Scherer on why the White House loves your Death Star petition.
Bruce M. Owen (SIEPR): Decorrupting Government: The United States Board of Overseers. Edward B. Foley (Ohio State): The Separation of Electoral Powers. Jody Freeman (Harvard) and Jim Rossi (Vanderbilt): Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities. Alexander M. Wolf (Fordham): Taking Back What's Theirs: The Recess Appointments Clause, Pro Forma Sessions, and a Political Tug-of-War. Josh Chafetz (Cornell): The Phenomenology of Gridlock. R. Shep Melnick on the gridlock illusion: If Washington seems to get much less done than it once did, it is partly because it is trying to do so much more. How big is government? A new “map” shows nobody knows. How big should government be? Justin Fox wonders. Russ Baker on why the “all government is bad” movement is bad. Samuel Goldman on why conservatives should make government simpler, not smaller. Do Americans trust government less because it’s become an insurance broker? Megan Donovan on rebuilding trust in the government.
Aysel Boztepe (Fatih): Green Marketing and Its Impact on Consumer Buying Behavior. Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir (HUJ): Can't Buy Me Love: Monetary Versus In-Kind Remedies. Can a party rule by capturing most of the country but less than half of the people? We might be about to find out. Just make do: Tom Inglis reviews Embracing the Ordinary: Lessons from the Champions of Everyday Life by Michael Foley. Do animals in Chernobyl’s fallout zone glow? Mary Mycio on the scientific debate about Europe’s unlikeliest wildlife sanctuary. Rex Hammock on his predictions about the future of print magazines. From The Baffler, who’s the shop steward on your kickstarter? Jaana Woiceshyn on why it’s good but hard to be selfish. Ask Polly: Why are people such assholes? Anti-gay, anti-immigrant, birther groups join forces to file mother of all Prop 8 briefs.
Alpaslan Akay, Olivier Bargain, Mathias Dolls, Dirk Neumann, Andreas Peichl, and Sebastian Siegloch (IZA): Happy Taxpayers? Income Taxation and Well-Being. Maurice E. Stucke (Tennessee): Should Competition Policy Promote Happiness? Mark Walker’s Happy-People-Pills for All looks at what it means to be happy and how advanced pharmacological agents might mimic natural wellbeing. The human talent for unhappiness: Jane Shilling reviews The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz. Tauriq Moosa on when happiness is immoral. Emily Esfahani Smith on how there's more to life than being happy: It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. Give away your money, feel happier? Money changes everything: According to new research, money actually does buy happiness — with one notable exception (and more).