Dharmesh Ramesh Patel (Pune): The Political Economy of Financial Crisis. John Diamondopoulos (Birkbeck): To What Extent are Financial Crises Comparable and Thus Predictable? Mark Hannam (London): The Financial Crisis of 2007-2009: A Sketch of a Credible Explanation. Robert Skidelsky (Warwick): Keynes, Hobson, Marx. From Vox, George Akerlof on the cat in the tree and further observations: Rethinking macroeconomic policy; Olivier Blanchard on rethinking macroeconomic policy; Joseph Stiglitz on the lessons of the North Atlantic crisis for economic theory and policy; and David Romer on preventing the next catastrophe: Where do we stand? How the case for austerity has crumbled: Paul Krugman reviews The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin; Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth; and The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David Stockman (and more and more).
From Cato Unbound, Jacqueline Otto on conservative-libertarian fusionism: The state of the debate. Anthony Randazzo reviews The Manipulation of Choice: Ethics and Libertarian Paternalism by Mark D. White. Corey Robin on Nietzsche’s Marginal Children: How did the conservative ideas of Friedrich Hayek and the Austrian school become our economic reality? By turning the market into the realm of great politics and morals (and responses). Reading Hayek can be uncomfortable for those who are under the impression he would agree with them — including many conservatives today. Reformish Conservatives: Meet the handful of conservative writers who are suggesting, respectfully, that the GOP change its policies. Rick Perlstein on why conservatives think the ends justify the means: Who needs a majority — or democracy — when you just know that your cause is the most righteous?
Fabrizio Macagno (UNL): Strategies of Character Attack. James Goodale defended the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers, but Nixon had nothing on Obama, writes the First Amendment lawyer — and that’s bad news for freedom of the press. From Businessweek, where have all the secretaries gone? From History Today, Richard Weight reassesses Quentin Bell’s 1951 article on the morality of fashion, which anticipated the enormous social and stylistic changes of the 1960s. From FDL, a book salon on Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals by Stanley Aronowitz. The Luckiest Village in the World: It was a tiny town of farmers, a village where everyone knew everyone and nearly all struggled to make ends meet; but then, a few days before Christmas, they won the largest lottery in the history of Spain — the entire town.
Ingo E. Isphording (Bochum): Disadvantages of Linguistic Origin: Evidence from Immigrant Literacy Scores. Ken Walibora Waliaula (Wisconsin): The State of Swahili Studies: Remembering the Past, Present, and Future. From The Ancient Standard, a look at the other Easter Island mystery: Write or Rongorongo? (in 3 parts) As the lingua franca in the world today, English can serve as a Euro-American mental space and air bridge for the purpose of improving the relations between these two continents of the world. English may have retained words from an Ice Age language: A study suggests 15,000-year-old mother tongue gave rise to many modern languages (and more). Do “ultraconserved words” reveal linguistic macro-families? Asya Pereltsvaig investigates. Cracking the Voynich Code: Batya Ungar-Sargon on the quixotic quest to read meaning in the patterns of a bizarre manuscript that has bedeviled scholars for years.
Harvey Gilmore (Monroe): When We Lie to the Government, it's a Crime, but When the Government Lies to Us, it's Constitutional? James Kalb reviews The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson. If Tom Brady is the Don Draper of quarterbacks, then Tim Tebow is Megan Draper, flashing some skin and singing French pop songs, equal parts transfixing and excruciating. From American Scientist, Andrew Gelman and Thomas Basboll on plagiarism as a statistical crime: Whether data are numerical or narrative, removing them from their context represents an act of plagiarism. Steven Poole reviews Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr. Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to — Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History by Matthew L. Jockers.
I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Transplant Tourism: The Ethics and Regulation of International Markets for Organs. From the Annals of Tourism Research, Erik Cohen (HUJ) and Scott A. Cohen (Surrey): Authentication: Hot and Cool. The Antarctic is left defenceless to tourism: Tourism booms again, but continent has no mandatory protection against visitors. Thomas Swick reviews Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism by Elizabeth Becker (and more). Is tourism the most destructive enterprise? Tourism explodes with globalization, enriching lives but destroying nature and culture. Survival International launches a tourism boycott of India’s Andaman Islands. China's leaders have responded to waning interest in ideology by setting up a vast "red tourism" industry. Jenny Chio reviews Itineraries for a Republic: Tourism and Travel Culture in Modern China, 1866-1954 by Yajun Mo.
Christine A. Desan (Harvard): Creation Stories: Myths About the Origins of Money. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela on the strange gender politics of “natural” living. Dull Flag and Tongue of Gangsta: Frank Jacobs on the laugh-out-loud place-names of Shetland and Orkney. Is Hannah Arendt a Jewish thinker? Anne Vermeyden reviews Decolonization and Its Impact: A Comparative Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires by Martin Shipway. Adam White on the signal and the silence: When is prediction useful — and when is it dangerous? Matthew Simonton reviews On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. John Holbo on Utopophobophilia: It’s satisfying to get to be a lover of humanity while feeling deep contempt for it at the same time. Vicky Baker on why hand-drawn maps are back in the picture, seeking to put the romance back into this centuries-old art form.
Kingsley R. Browne (Wayne State): Biological Sex Differences in the Workplace: Reports of the End of Men are Greatly Exaggerated (As Are Claims of Women’s Continued Inequality). Among men: Marc Hujer on how Christine Lagarde beat the odds to head the IMF. Insecure work: Julie Warren on the new attack on working women. Nicole Allan on the work/life question: 4 books, 1 answer. Is the gender revolution over? Claude S. Fischer on women and workplace feminism. Why isn't better education giving women more power? Garance Franke-Ruta on the false egalitarian promise of advanced degrees. Ann Friedman on the real reason behind the revival of domesticity: DIY culture provides a sense of control in an out-of-control economic environment.
Sarah Cote Hampson (UConn): Mothers Do Not Make Good Workers: The Role of Work/Life Policies in Reinforcing Gendered Stereotypes. Feminism at the top table: Sara Dowse reviews Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. A look at how women make better decisions than men as corporate leaders. Vellore Arthi reviews Female Economic Strategies in the Modern World. While offering new insights on work, family, and emotional labor, Arlie Russell Hochschild still knows how to have fun. Lynda Gratton reviews The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society by Alison Wolf and The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio. Lydia DePillis on how to close the tech industry's gender gap — it starts in the classroom.