Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Bureaucracy and Distrust: Landis, Jaffe and Kagan on the Administrative State. Peter L. Strauss (Columbia): Politics and Agencies in the Administrative State: The U.S. Case. Daniel E. Ho on government under review: Could peer review for public servants make the law more consistent? The soul of a new machine: Political machines were corrupt to the core, but they were also incredibly effective — if Democrats want to survive in the modern age, they need to take a page from their past. The Obama administration wanted to open up government to citizen input — why hasn’t it worked? Henry Farrell interviews Beth Simone Noveck, author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing.

Alasdair S. Roberts (Missouri): Blind Men and an Elephant: Three Partial Views of Public Administration. Johan Wennstrom (Linkoping): A Left / Right Convergence on the New Public Management? The Unintended Power of Diverse Ideas. Washington’s “governing elite” think Americans are morons: Jeff Guo reviews What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People by Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg. Is government truly broken? Only if democracy’s disrepair leads to fear and fatalism will democratic government in the United States truly and irrevocably become broken (and more).

Robert Flannigan (Saskatchewan): The Fiduciary Status of Political Actors. Edward L. Rubin (Vanderbilt): Executive Action: Its History, Its Dilemmas and Its Potential Remedies. Could the erosion of trust in government be at an end? American trust in the branches of government is on the upswing, but the implications of this are less than meet the eye. Mehdi Hasan on how the American political system is broken. Do government incentives make us bad citizens? John McMahon reviews The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens by Samuel Bowles (and more). Ryan Copper on how to make big government agile again.

David Orentlicher (Indiana): Political Dysfunction and the Election of Donald Trump: Problems of the U.S. Constitution's Presidency. Let’s relocate a bunch of government agencies to the Midwest: Time to shift economic activity from the overcrowded coasts to places that need more of it.


Stefania Taviano (Messina): The Global Imaginary of Arab Hip Hop: A Case Study. LinDa Saphan (CMSV): Gendered Modernity in Cambodia: The Rise of Women in the Music Industry. Black skin blue eyed boys: Jason Heller on the story of pioneering interracial rock band the Equals. Hallyu, K-pop: Amy X. Wang goes inside the weirdest, most lucrative global frenzy in music. What does it take for a K-Pop star to cross over? Chaelin Lee — better known as CL — is attempting to become a household name in the U.S. — it won’t be easy. The pop star of jihad: The strange tale of Deso Dogg, the German rapper who fled to Syria to sing songs for ISIS. Ben Ellman on the globalization of local radio. The new global spirit of pop music: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian reviews Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton.


From ProPublica, Jessica Huseman and Rob Weychert on who Trump is putting in power. Trump aide Michael Flynn partnered with firm run by man with alleged KGB ties. Robin Wright on Trump team’s holy war and the remaking of the world order. How Rex Tillerson changed his tune on Russia and came to court its rulers. Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn is a rising power in Trumpworld. Donald Trump’s new regulation czar is a conflict-of-interest disaster: Carl Icahn will be writing rules while doing business deals. Care for the vulnerable vs. cash for the powerful: Sherry Glied and Richard Frank on Tom Price, Trump’s Pick for HHS. Schooled on Benghazi and Pizzagate, Trump team is heavy on conspiracy theorists.

Meet Mike Pence, America's new prime minister: Trump mostly seems to be the guy tasked with distracting everyone while Pence fills the cabinet and chats with Paul Ryan about how to run the country. Mitch McConnell, a modern-day Machiavelli: The Kentucky senator stood to be a big loser in the 2016 elections — instead, he emerged more powerful than ever. Washington is governed by fear now: Trump and Republicans in Congress have good reason to be scared of each other — and that might hold the party together, despite conflicting agendas. Partisanship is a helluva drug: Much of what Republicans stood for during Obama’s presidency looks likely to be abandoned under Trump.

Josh Blackman (South Texas): Presidential Maladministration (“As the Federal Register turns the page from Obama to Trump, this article provides a timely analysis of how courts react to unpresidented approaches to maladministration”). Michael J. Glennon on Trump’s looming showdown with the “double government”. Democracy is dying as technocrats watch: Assaults on democracy are working because our current political elites have no idea how to defend it. As Trump builds his oligarchy, America goes to sleep: The nation is weary from a hellish campaign and fear of its outcome — but if there was ever a time to wake up, it’s now.


Mamdouh G. Salameh (World Bank): A Post-Oil Era is a Myth. Hans Blix of the International Atomic Energy Agency warns of disaster if Trump tears up Iran deal. Suspected of corruption at home, powerful foreigners find refuge in the U.S. Too much law and too little infrastructure: Francis Fukuyama on how the United States lags behind other Western countries in infrastructure building because we have a system ruled by vetoes. Steve Benen on the end of the Republicans’ Benghazi Committee. Is there any plausible reason why aliens would evolve to look like us? It may not feel like anything to be an alien: Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don’t — consciousness.


The emerging racists: The challenge of covering the Radical Right. Should Twitter ban the alt-right? The case for online censorship. White nationalists raise millions with tax-exempt charities. In diverse California, a young white supremacist seeks to convert fellow college students. The Jews begging to join the alt-Right: Talk about self-hating — meet the American Jews lining up to shout "Seig Heil" and "Hail, Donald". Seattle's Franz Wassermann, 96, remembers the Nazis, and warns of chilling parallels today. How Russia surpassed Germany to become the racist ideal for Trump-loving white supremacists. There is no such thing as "white genocide".


J. Adam Carter and Emma C. Gordon (Edinburgh): Is Searching the Internet Making Us Intellectually Arrogant? Carmel Vaisman (Tel Aviv): Pretty in Pink vs. Pretty in Black: Blogs as Gendered Avatars. David Garcia, Pavlin Mavrodiev, Daniele Casati, Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zurich): Understanding Popularity, Reputation, and Social Influence in the Twitter Society. Marlon Twyman and Aaron Shaw (Northwestern) and Brian Keegan (Colorado): Black Lives Matter in Wikipedia: Collaboration and Collective Memory around Online Social Movements. Science shows Wikipedia is the best part of the Internet. What can memetics tell us about Internet culture? Shontavia Johnson on the science of going viral. It’s like Reddit, without the trolls: Imzy, started by two former Reddit employees, wants to be a kinder, gentler version of the controversial discussion site. This memetic moment: Ryan M. Milner on Ridiculously Photogenic Guy and the perils of Internet fame.


Luciana Brito (CUNY): The Crime of Miscegenation: Racial Mixing in Slaveholding Brazil and the Threat to Racial Purity in Post-abolition United States. Teaching quilombismo: Laura Premack on an Afro-Brazilian political philosophy. Michael Monahan (Marquette): Reason, Race, and “The Human Project”: Sylvia Wynter, Sociogenesis, and Philosophy in the Americas. Reena Goldthree interviews Eric D. Duke, author of Building a Nation: Caribbean Federation in the Black Diaspora. Why was Haiti's revolutionary overlooked by historians for so long? Giving Toussaint Louverture the Great Man treatment. You can download the American Political Science Association’s Task Force Report The Double Bind: The Politics of Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas.

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