Ben Little (Middlesex): Parties, Causes and Political Power. David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, and David Lee (Leeds) and Melissa Nisbett (King’s College): Were New Labour’s Cultural Policies Neo-liberal? Stuart White and Martin O'Neill on the New Labour that wasn't: The lessons of what might have been. Ben Jackson and Martin O’Neill interview Jacob Hacker on what he means by predistribution; its political and economic implications; and why he thinks it has struck a chord in today’s Labour Party. Remember Cool Britannia? K. Biswas reviews A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s by Alwyn W Turner. From Juncture, David Runciman on the crisis of British democracy: Back to the ’70s or stuck in the present? (and a response). From the inaugural issue of Demos Quarterly, for the past generation a combination of economic and social liberalism has been intellectually and politically dominant — but, argues David Goodhart, something is stirring across party lines that wants to build on what is best in the two liberalisms while also attending to their silences, failings and unintended consequences (and responses). Welcome to Militant England: UKIP now appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes in the U.K. Taking down Nigel Farage: The Tories have kept their cool against the UK Independence Party — now they must attack it. The U.K. Independence Party, led by Nigel Farage, is gaining traction — if only they could get the racist extremists among them to pipe down. The new revolutionary conservatives: Paul Jackson on the Traditional Britain Group, a curious phenomenon and one of growing significance.
A new issue of Naval War College Review is out. Mike A. Zuber (Amsterdam): Between Alchemy and Pietism: Wilhelm Christoph Kriegsmann's Philological Quest for Ancient Wisdom. Ivan Kalmar (Toronto): Race By Grace: Race and Religion, the Secular State, and the Construction of “Jew” and “Arab”. Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford): What You Should Know About Megaprojects and Why: An Overview. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Isaiah Berlin's Neglect of Enlightenment Constitutionalism. Aurelian Craiutu reviews A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin’s Political Thought by Joshua L. Cherniss. The cold war on campus: Steven Lukes reviews Isaac and Isaiah: The Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic by David Caute. Michael Kazin on why Democrats need Bernie Sanders to run for president: If nothing else, he'll make Hillary Clinton a better candidate. George Packer on the errors of Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald: The NSA disclosures are disturbing but they don’t portend a totalitarian state. Jean-Marie Simon reviews Afghanistan: A Distant War by Robert Nickelsberg and The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence by Susie Linfield. Lydia DePillis on how to get people saving in America again: Obamacare for retirement accounts. Susan Schulten on how World War II led to a revolution in cartography — these amazing maps are its legacy. Stephanie Saulter on 6 superpowers that really exist. Buzzfeed's founder used to write Marxist theory and it explains Buzzfeed perfectly. Reagan can cleverly appropriate commie metaphors, but when you homosexualists do it, it's like you're giving it back to Trotsky.
Bruno S. Frey (Zeppelin) and Alois Stutzer (Basel): The Use of Happiness Research for Public Policy. Bruno S. Frey (Zeppelin) and Jana Gallus (Zurich): Happiness Policy and Economic Development. Gianluigi Coppola (Salerno): The Easterlin Paradox: An Interpretation. Taddese Mezgebo (Mekelle): Something Out of Nothingness: Extended Identity’s Implication for Human Nature and Happiness. Martina Menon and Federico Perali (Verona) and Ravi Pendakur (Ottawa): All in the Family: How Do Social Capital and Material Wellbeing Affect Relational Wellbeing? From New Philosopher, a special issue on happiness. For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society. Benjamin Radcliff, author of The Political Economy of Human Happiness, argues that generous welfare states and strong labor market protections produce happier citizens than do more laissez-faire policies. Eugenio Proto and Aldo Rustichini on GDP and life satisfaction: New evidence. Andrew Anthony on Nick Brown, the British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness. Mari Ruti on happiness and its discontents. John Quiggin on what happiness conceals: For years, economists have laboured on the riddle of happiness — if they studied misery, they might get somewhere. Even though the search for happiness is never in short supply, as is the case with other human commodities, happiness merely remains an elusive possibility for all who seek it. Be happier — spend more money on others: A round-up of recent research finds spending money on others can satisfy basic psychological needs and boost happiness.