From The Ideology and Politics Journal, a special issue on the post-Soviet order between tradition and modernity. Ivan Szelenyi (Yale): Pathways from and Crises after Communism: The Case of Central Eastern Europe, and The Case of Former USSR and China. Alexi Gugushvili (Oxford): Self-interest, Perceptions of Transition and Welfare Preferences in the New Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Katerina Kolozova (ISSHS): The Uses and Abuses of Neoliberalism and Technocracy in the Post-totalitarian Regimes in Eastern Europe. Marissa Wyant (South Florida): The Political Economy of Transnistria: How the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union Could Contribute to Conflict Resolution. Andrew Curry on building a new Silicon Valley in a post-Soviet dictatorship. Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier. Incommensurate Russia: Perry Anderson on the spectre of Great Power status that still informs the post-multinational nation — and why, despite all the Kremlin’s attempts at integration with the US–EU, the country remains indigestible.


A new issue of Architecture Philosophy is out. Jose Luis Bermudez (Texas A&M) and Michael S. Pardo (Alabama): Risk, Uncertainty, and “Super-Risk”: Parallels Between Law and Finance. Hannah Rosefield on the diary of the most boring man in the world: Reconstructing the life of a Victorian bachelor. “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”: Joel Suss interviews Richard Layard, author of Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies. Edward Brooke-Hitching on fox tossing and other forgotten blood sports. Jeremy Hance on how humans are driving the sixth mass extinction. The ministry of truth: Orwell taught us to fear technocratic jargon that doesn’t let us say what we mean — but that is language at its best. Rabah Arezki, Adnan Mazarei, and Ananthakrishnan Prasad on sovereign wealth funds in the new era of oil. Ezra Klein on how Martin Shkreli is the symptom, not the problem.


Steven J. Heyman (IIT): A Struggle for Recognition: The Controversy Over Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and Same-Sex Marriage. Nancy J. Knauer (Temple): Religious Exemptions, Marriage Equality, and the Establishment of Religion. Patrick M. Talbot (Pelita Harapan): Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty Clashes in the U.S. After Obergefell v. Hodges. Lynne Marie Kohm (Regent): The Unspoken Consequences of Obergefell: Calling Convictional Christian Scholars. Suzy Khimm on how the Religious Right has no idea what to do now: The Values Voter Summit revealed a movement in disarray after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. Ruth Colker (OSU): Religious Accommodations for County Clerks? A brief history of religious toleration: George Makari on gay marriage, Kim Davis and the birth of the secular mind. Why do we vilify Kim Davis, but accept doctors who refuse women abortion care? Evangelicals won’t cave: Russell D. Moore on why evangelicals will not be surrendering to the sexual revolution.


E. Glen Weyl (Chicago): Price Theory. Thomas Meaney reviews The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions by Michael Walzer. What will Obama’s legacy be? According to Jason Furman, “History is going to say he saved us from a second Great Depression”. Daniel Drezner on President Obama’s biggest leadership failure: The president has failed to use the bully pulpit to ease American fears. Roheeni Saxena on how no one really knows how likely a bioterrorism attack is: Risk estimates range from “none” to “inevitable”. Chris Lehmann on how the Martin Shkreli schadenfreude will pass when he wins like every other CEO. High school teacher’s lesson in Arabic calligraphy prompts closure of entire school district. Donald Trump has an absolutely terrifying plan for the Supreme Court. Kyle Chayka on how you might be able to 3-D print your next house.


From The New Rambler, Adrian Vermeule reviews The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 by Daniel R. Ernst. Jeffrey S. Lubbers (American): Is the U.S. Supreme Court Becoming Hostile to the Administrative State? David S. Rubenstein (Washburn): Administrative Federalism as Separation of Powers. Jon D. Michaels (UCLA): Of Constitutional Custodians and Regulatory Rivals: An Account of the Old and New Separation of Powers. Eric Posner (Chicago): Presidential Leadership and the Separation of Powers. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Most Knowledgeable Branch. Julian Arato (Brooklyn): Deference to the Executive: The US Debate in Global Perspective. Is America heading toward dictatorship? Presidents have more power today, but there are good historical reasons for the trend. Regulation deadlines created by Congress are meaningless, report says. “Everything is a workaround”: Lydia DePillis on life in Obama’s agencies as Congress does nothing. Cynthia R. Farina (Cornell) and Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): The Place of Agencies in Polarized Government. Christopher J. Walker (OSU): Inside Agency Interpretation. Jordan Tama (American): The Politics of Strategy: Why Government Agencies Conduct Major Strategic Reviews. Hail to the pencil pusher: Mike Konczal on American bureaucracy’s long and useful history.

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