Duncan Bell (Cambridge): Political Realism and International Relations. Realism’s illiberal roots and its revival in American politics: Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins reviews After the Enlightenment: Political Realism and International Relations in the Mid-Twentieth Century by Nicolas Guilhot. Helene Sjursen (Oslo): Global Justice and Foreign Policy: The Case of the European Union. Philip G. Cerny (Rutgers) and Alex Prichard (Exeter): The New Anarchy: Globalisation and Fragmentation in World Politics. After watching the destructive and unjust workings of international relations, former diplomat Carne Ross explains why direct democracy now makes more sense to him (and more). The first chapter from Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics by Jonathan Renshon. Who runs the world? Mid-level bureaucrats.


A new issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is out. Paul A. Gompers (Harvard), Will Gornall (UBC), Steven N. Kaplan (Chicago), and Ilya A. Strebulaev (Stanford): How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions? Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (Stetson): Slaves to the Bottom Line: The Corporate Role in Slavery from Nuremberg to Now. From ProMarket, an interview with John C. Coffee on political engagement by corporations. The best companies are medium-sized companies. U.S. companies are hyper-focused on quarterly earnings — what can be done to push them to invest more in the years and decades ahead?

The online marketplace that’s a portal to the future of capitalism: Services like Wish — through which American consumers can mainline goods directly from the manufacturing chaos of China — are harbingers of the end of retail as we know it. How Amazon’s accounting makes rich people’s income invisible: Increasingly, businesses don’t generate profits, they generate capital gains — it’s fiendishly clever. Duff McDonald's The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite pins corporate greed on a lust bred at Harvard. Business is bad for business: Why aren’t American companies spending money?

Neoclassical economic theory assumes that firms have no power to influence the rules of the game; this is true only in competitive product markets — when firms have market power, they will seek and obtain political influence and vice versa. Give Wells Fargo the corporate death penalty: The bank is a serial corporate criminal that has screwed over millions of Americans — here’s what the government should do about it.


James Mattis, a warrior in Washington: The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines — how will he lead the Department of Defense? Jim Mattis is Trump’s best advocate — so why doesn’t he talk more? Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis’ inner circle: At least three members of the Defense secretary’s inner circle worked, lobbied or consulted for the Silicon Valley company. Fill the swamp: Trump to put military industrial complex lobbyist in charge of the Army. How Russia targets the U.S. military: With hacks, pro-Putin trolls and fake news, the Kremlin is ratcheting up its efforts to turn American servicemembers and veterans into a fifth column. Military power is all about people: Radha Iyengar, Brad Carson, Amy Schafer, and John D. Winkler on a return to personnel policy. Five trans service members on the glory and agony of the US military.


David Chalmers (ANU): The Combination Problem for Panpsychism. The last hope for Venezuela is also a frightening one: As the country descends into dictatorship, who will stop Nicolas Maduro? Fighting words: Laurie Penny on the “free speech” equivocation. Guns, extremism, and threats of escalation: Rick Perlstein goes behind the far-Right’s “counter-resistance”. The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities deemed to have discriminated against whites. President Trump is now directly implicated in trying to cover up the Russia scandal. Jacquelyn Ardam reviews Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil by Deborah Nelson.

Trump’s new chief John Kelly reaches out to top Dems to save White House’s agenda. Hold the applause for Trump’s new chief of staff: Firing Anthony Scaramucci was easy — John Kelly’s biggest challenge is to prevent his boss from gutting the rule of law.


Tendayi Achiume (UCLA): Re-Imagining International Law for Global Migration: Migration as Decolonization? Alex Sager (Portland State): Immigration Enforcement and Domination: An Indirect Argument for Much More Open Borders. Mary Bosworth (Oxford): Penal Humanitarianism? Sovereign Power in an Era of Mass Migration. Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple): Migration Emergencies. Sarah Schneider-Strawczynski (Novosibirsk State): The Psychosocial Health of Migrants and Refugees: A Review Essay. Amy Reed-Sandoval (UTEP): Toward a More Inclusive Understanding of the “Brain Drain”. Srdan M. Jovanovic (Lund): Passportism: Xenophobia from Discourse to Policy.

From the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, here is the entry on naturalization by Liav Orgad. The world’s advanced economies should think twice about curbing migration. Behzad Yaghmaian on why migration will not destroy the welfare state. How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism. The first chapter from Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters.


Oliver Hahl (Carnegie Mellon) and Minjae Kim and Ezra Zuckerman (MIT): The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue: Proclaiming the Deeper Truth About Political Illegitimacy. Alex Shepard reviews Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle by Jeff Flake. The beliefs of economist James Buchanan conflict with basic democratic norms — here’s why. Most Republicans don’t believe race and gender discrimination is real. How the fight over civil forfeiture lays bare the contradictions in modern conservatism. The dangerous mirror games of the Right’s Alinksy wannabes: In picking up the tactics of the radical Left, but not the strategy, right-wing activists are taking an ever less conservative or effective approach. It’s Kid Rock’s party now: The GOP is about annoying liberals, not conservatism. Benjamin G. Lockerd reviews How to Be a Conservative by Roger Scruton.


Robin Kundis Craig (Utah): Zero-Sum Games in Pollution Control: Ecological Thresholds, Planetary Boundaries, and Policy Choices. Rafael Leal-Arcas (Queen Mary): Sustainability, Common Concern and Public Goods. Jonathan Lovvorn (Harvard): Climate Change Beyond Environmentalism Part I: Intersectional Threats and the Case for Collective Action. Bard Harstad (Oslo): The Conservation Contradiction and Political Remedies. Kirsten H. Engel (Arizona): Democratic Environmental Experimentalism. Here’s how to bribe everyone into fighting climate change: “Our only real chance of success is to spend vast amounts of money on R&D and infrastructure buildout”.

Jim Rossi (Vanderbilt): Carbon Taxation by Regulation. Joseph E. Aldy (Harvard): Designing and Updating a US Carbon Tax in an Uncertain World. Here are two shockers: Big Oil wants to tax itself to fight climate change — and it wants the proceeds to go to American families.

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