From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the United States Constitution, Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): The Administrative State: Law, Democracy, and Knowledge. William H. Simon (Columbia): The Organizational Premises of Administrative Law. Archie Morris (Bowie State): On American Federalism: Opposite and Rival Interests. Mark Seidenfeld (FSU): The Role of Politics in a Deliberative Model of the Administrative State. Yasmin Dawood (Toronto): Democracy and the Problem of the Partisan State. Peter John (UCL): Agendas and Instability in American Politics. David Sterrett (UIC) and Dennis Chong (USC): Self-Interest in Contemporary Public Policy Disputes. Margo Schlanger (Michigan): Offices of Goodness: Influence without Authority in Federal Agencies. Joseph White (Case Western): The Purpose and Processes of Pork-Barrel Politics. Timothy M. LaPira (JMU), Herschel F. Thomas (Texas), Frank Baumgartner (UNC): Washington Lobbyists in the Core and on the Periphery. Hye Young You (Harvard): Ex Post Lobbying. We all want more of everything — except taxes: Alexandra Filindra and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz on how opinion polling constrains Washington. Why does public conflict over societal risks persist in the face of compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence? A look at motivated numeracy and enlightened self-government. The first chapter from The Substance of Representation: Congress, American Political Development, and Lawmaking by John S. Lapinski.

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal (RIT) and Hamid Beladi (USTA): Setting the Dowry Optimally to Extract the Full Surplus: A Contract Theory Perspective. From New York, a special issue on lessons from the brand builders of the post-Lehman economy. From Distilled, royal festivities are heydays for republicans, but do their arguments against the monarchy hold? Bram De Ridder wants to know; and Brecht Savelkoul on what to do about royalty: Don't adore, don't oppose, just laugh. Many groups lack privilege, here in the discriminatory Babylon that is the USA, but who lacks privilege the most? Hamilton Nolan on the Forsaken Four. The vultures’ victory: Joseph Stiglitz on how a recent decision by a United States appeals court threatens to upend global sovereign-debt markets. What is a Fuhrer-figure in the early 21st century? Tony Waters wonders. The impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Clicky Business Insider to double down on “long-form” with “hundreds of thousands” in investment (and more). Kevin Drum on how Republican farm policy makes perfect sense — as class warfare. How one magazine reinvigorated American intellectual life: A conversation with the people behind the New York-based literary magazine n+1, who have succeeded at a time when print is fighting for its life.

From Mother Jones, who is affected when the government doesn't show up for work? Poor people, people with immune systems — basically everyone. Ever wondered what government Twitter accounts are “essential” enough to keep tweeting through a government shutdown? A look at why essential services can't last forever (and more). Remember when Republicans were worried about “economic uncertainty”? Henry Farrell on how making like a lemming can be tactically smart. If you want to grasp why Republicans are careening toward provoking a sovereign debt crisis, you need to understand that this is the inevitable product of a conscious party strategy. No, Democrats never really held the debt limit hostage. Our Outlaw President: Henry Aaron on why Obama should ignore the debt ceiling. Don’t like the shutdown? Blame the Constitution: Both of America's political parties can veto must-pass legislation — this is a bad idea. How to depose John Boehner: Jonathan Chait on a centrist coup to save America. If a new, young Left is really on the rise, why aren't those new, millennial liberals protesting the shutdown? Chris Lehmann on the Beltway Media Shuck-Down. False balance in the media goes haywire: Rebecca Leber on six headlines about the government shutdown that will destroy your faith in journalism. Here is the first installment of “If It Happened There,” a regular feature in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.