Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS): Modes of Governance for the Global Commons. Andre Broome (Warwick): Crisis and Reform in Global Economic Governance. Daniel Drache (York): The Return of the Public Domain after the Triumph of Markets: Revisiting the Most Basic of Fundamentals. John C. Coffee Jr. (Columbia): Extraterritorial Financial Regulation: Why E.T. Can't Come Home. Lukas Haffert and Philip Mehrtens (Max Planck): From Austerity to Expansion? Consolidation, Budget Surpluses, and the Decline of Fiscal Capacity. Josiah Ober and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Is Development Uniquely Modern? Athens on the Doorstep. Gunes Gokmen (NES): Are Cultural Differences a Barrier to Trade? Hakan Yilmazkuday (FIU): Forecasting the Great Trade Collapse. Jac C. Heckelman (Wake Forest) and Andrew T. Young (WVU): How Global Is Globalization? Dani Rodrik on how the paradox of globalisation is that pushing it too far undermines its own institutional foundations. Alexander Svitych on the end of globalization and renaissance of the welfare state. The introduction to Issues and Actors in the Global Political Economy by Andre Broome. Simon Johnson on the rich country trap. Deepak Nayyar on developing countries in the world economy. Who should lead the global economy? Harold James and Domenico Lombardi wonder. Dani Rodrik on the real heroes of the global economy. In 2001 the world began talking about the Bric countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — as potential powerhouses of the world economy; now there’s talk of the "Mint" countries — Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey — as emerging economic giants.
Simon Stern (Toronto): The Trial of Dorian Gray. Joseph Carroll (Missouri): Dutton, Davies, and Imaginative Virtual Worlds: The Current State of Evolutionary Aesthetics. Philip Serracino-Inglott investigates. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how policy journalism is having its moment (and more and more). Hate Obama, love Obamacare: How a skeptical Ohio family found plenty to like in health care reform. Paul Campos on states with the highest percentage of people who don’t pay any taxes. Brad Plumer on five big questions about the massive chemical spill in West Virginia. "Me vs. Us" vs. "Us vs. Them": We evolved to cooperate with just one tribe — but we live in a world of many. Rich smell: OECD, the forum for rich countries, issues an overdue mea culpa. All I needed to know about life I learned from “Dungeons & Dragons”. When do awful thoughts, shared with complete strangers, become criminal actions? Robert Kolker on the troubling case — in every direction — of Gilberto Valle, the “cannibal cop”. Chris Christie falls, Ben Carson rises. The psychology of hunger: Amid the privations of World War II, 36 men voluntarily starved themselves so that researchers and relief workers could learn about how to help people recover from starvation. The caveman’s home was not a cave: Jude Isabella on how our picture of man’s early home has been skewed by modern preconceptions. Hackers who brought down websites facing jail time bankers who brought down world economy still free.
Joshua Foa Dienstag (UCLA): When a Man Loves a Robot: Blade Runner's Humanism. America’s android obsession: We're fascinated by beings that act or look human but aren't, but a lot has changed since "Blade Runner". From The Atlantic Monthly, James Somers on the man who would teach machines to think: Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means — his stubborn quest to replicate the human mind; and all can be lost: Nicholas Carr on the risk of putting our knowledge in the hands of machines. Walter Frick on how algorithms won’t replace managers, but will change everything about what they do. The robots are here: Not only are they taking our jobs — they’re harbingers of a new libertarian age, says Tyler Cowen. Will robots take our jobs or will aging wreck the economy? Lydia DePillis on eight ways robots stole our jobs in 2013 (and more: “They aren't taking our jobs quickly enough”). How close are we to getting virtual assistants like Samantha in Her? Jordan Larson on Her and the complex legacy of the female robot (and more). Would you have sex with a robot? Greta Christina wants to know. Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth: If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying? From The American Prospect, when robots take over, what happens to us? Paul Waldman interviews James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era (and more). George Dvorsky on why a superintelligent machine may be the last thing we ever invent.