Marina Azzimonti (FRB): Partisan Conflict. Michael Sances and Charles Stewart (MIT): Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012. Matt Motyl (Virginia): “If He Wins, I’m Moving to Canada”: Ideological Migration Threats Following the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago) and Eric McGhee (PPIC): Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap. L. Jason Anastasopoulos (Harvard): A Theory of Partisan Sorting and Geographic Polarization: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. A look at how population shifts are turning all politics national. This map shows the most liberal and conservative towns in your state. Emily Badger on how liberals are more likely to use public transit than conservatives — but that may say as much about where we live as how we want to get around. Crispin Sartwell on how the Left-Right political spectrum is bogus: It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas. Are social networks creating political polarization? Kimberlee Morrison wants to know. Morris Fiorina on how Americans have not become more politically polarized. How much do our genes influence our political beliefs? Amanda Cox on how birth year influences political views. Do different things make liberals and conservatives laugh? Jesse Singal investigates. Conservatives be funny: As the late-night comedy landscape reshuffles, are right-wing comics being unfairly ignored? Politicians are the No. 1 cause of daily stress in our lives: Christopher Ingraham on how politicians are literally killing us with their incompetence. Nicholas Hune-Brown on why we’re driven to dislike politicians. About 10% of Americans don’t pay attention to politics; who are they? John Senger reviews The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit by Stephen L. Goldstein.
A new issue of the International Public Policy Review is out. Thom Brooks (Durham): Hegel's Political Philosophy. Paolo Lobba (Bollogna): Holocaust Denial Before the European Court of Human Rights: Evolution of an Exceptional Regime. Russell Bennetts and Daniel Tutt interview Simon Critchley, co-author of The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing. Today’s young people are held to be alienated, unhappy, violent failures — they are proving anything but. What does going to a Mexican restaurant outside of Mexico mean for the restaurant goers and how can this potentially alter their understanding of Mexican culture? Lewis Defrates investigates. Every datum tells a story: Mark P. Mills and Anthony Mills on the dawning of the age of meta-information. Because we’re worth it: How and why lofty ideologies cohabit with rampant corruption. Iraq has warned the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul. Why do we find sex more shocking than violence? AR Torre wants to know. Tim Marchman on what Brazil's loss meant, and what it didn't mean. World Cup final pits Francis vs Benedict in papal match. A study finds anti-Obamacare ads might have actually increased enrollment. The enemy’s invasion fleet has been destroyed; its huge losses on the field of battle have left it on the brink of surrender; the enemy soldiers will be slaughtered by our brave civilian defenders as they attempt to enter the capital; the resistance will triumph!
Thierry Cote (York): Celluloid Heroes: Music Movies of the Rock Era as Critiques of the Cultural Industries and Late Capitalism. From Celebrity Studies, Bethany Usher and Stephanie Fremaux (Teesside): Who Is He Now: David Bowie and the Authentic Self. Hollis Griffin (Denison): Hair Metal Redux: Gendering Nostalgia and Revising History on VH1. Rosemary Lucy Hill (Leeds): Hard Rock and Metal in the Subcultural Context: What Fans Listening to the Music Can Tell Us. Who invented “heavy metal”? Matthew Guerrieri on a new answer to how a genre got its name — and why it stuck. Richard Florida on how heavy-metal music is a surprising indicator of countries’ economic health. The Song Remains Pretty Similar: Did Led Zeppelin write the greatest song opening in rock history — or steal it? Walt Hickey on why classic rock isn’t what it used to be. Noah Berlatsky on 10 songs that disprove the rockist vs. poptimist rivalry. In defense of schlock music: Jody Rosen on why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie are better than you think. Nico Lang on why we hate Nickelback. Prachi Gupta on the 7 most Taylor Swift-y lines in Taylor Swift’s essay about the music industry. Max Martin lyrics are silly: From Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to Ariana Grande’s Break Free, his most ungrammatical lines. Vanessa Grigoriadis on Justin Bieber, a case study in growing up cosseted and feral. Britney Spears before auto-tune is just as bad as you imagined. Is the era of mid-2000s nostalgia already here? We all have sweet, nostalgic memories of "American Top 40" — but some Casey Kasem tributes misremember music history. Oh, you kid: Jody Rosen on how a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09 — 1909 — changed American pop music forever.
Aaron J. Saiger (Fordham): What We Disagree About When We Disagree About School Choice. Preston C. Green (UConn), Bruce D Baker (Rutgers), and Joseph Oluwole (Montclair State): Having it Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools. Morgan Anderson (Georgia State): Philosophical Flaws of Common Core: A Rawlsian Perspective. “The Common Core may actually fail”: Josh Eidelson interviews American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on Christie, Rhee, and for-profit testing “gag order”. From Radical Pedagogy, Arianne Robichaud interviews Noam Chomsky on education. David Morris on how what’s good for Bill Gates turns out to be bad for public schools. From Education Review, Michael W. Apple reviews Public Education Under Siege, ed. Michael Madison Katz and Mike Rose; and Connie Schaffer reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch. Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns some cities will soon have none (and more and more and more). Matthew Yglesias on the myth of "public" schools: “This is a housing policy problem masquerading as an education policy one”. Some cities are promising free college to high school students — does it work? How high schools condition students to accept their lot: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews Class Rules: Exposing Inequality in American High Schools by Peter W. Cookson Jr. Katie Halper in the 7 most absurd things America's kids are learning thanks to the conservative gutting of public education. Kathryn Joyce on the homeschool apostates: They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America — but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.
The inaugural issue of Global Education Review is out. Amanda Jager (McGill): Educating for Autonomy: A Case for the Broader Acceptance of Homeschooling within Liberal Democratic Societies. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): Methodology in Public Administration. Has higher education recreated the conditions that led to sophistry's rise? In ancient Athens, reviews could make tutors' reputations and there was fierce competition between educators — sound familiar? Arguably one of the most extraordinary scientific publications of all times, Sidereus Nuncius turned Galileo into the brightest new star of Western science; four centuries later, a faked copy of this book has disarmed a generation of Galileo experts, and raised a host of intriguing questions about the social nature of scholarly authentication, the precariousness of truth, and the revelatory power of fakes. Four evocative new trends happening on the newsstand today and a staunch one that never changes — a Mr. Magazine report from the field. Can watching TV improve your health? Maggie Gram on how public health wonks have figured out how to influence Hollywood writers — don’t call them, they’ll call you. “Made Up People”: Jennifer Crane and Claire Sewell on an interdisciplinary approach to labelling and the construction of people in post-war history. Tom McCarthy on the mapmaker's conundrum. Leigh Cowart on Ebola as nature’s most perfect killing machine: How has a virus with such a modest body count so fiercely captured the darkest corners of our imagination?
A new issue of Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements is out. V. Upadhyay (IIT-Delhi): What Happened to the Left Alternative? Ingar Solty (York): Is the Global Crisis Ending the Marriage of Capitalism and Liberal Democracy? (Il-)Legitimate Political Power and the New Global Anti-Capitalist Mass Movements in the Context of the Internationalization of the State. James K. Rowe and Myles Carroll (Victoria): Reform or Radicalism: Left Social Movements from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy Wall Street. Daniel de Zeeuw (Amsterdam): Engaged Withdrawal: Occupying Politics Beyond Politics. Sheetal D. Agarwal, W. Lance Bennett, Courtney N. Johnson, and Shawn Walker (Washington): A Model of Crowd-Enabled Organization: Theory and Methods for Understanding the Role of Twitter in the Occupy Protests. Morgan Gibson (Queensland): The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement. Puneet Dhaliwal reviews Marxism and Social Movements. Language as power: Ian Hill on the terminology of contemporary mass movements. From New Left Review, what social forces are likely to challenge the supremacy of capital in the coming decades? Goran Therborn assesses potential bases of resistance — from traditional communities overrun by the global market to factory workers and an expanding yet amorphous middle class. From the forthcoming Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements, the entry on Resource Mobilization Theory and Social and Political Movements by Bob Edwards and Melinda D. Kane. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers on how Sweden’s Feminist Initiative has lessons for social movements elsewhere. What is the function of the social movement academic? Tom Brock investigates.
A new issue of Critical Reviews of Latin American Research is out. Jose H. Bortoluci and Robert S. Jansen (Michigan): Toward a Postcolonial Sociology: The View From Latin America. Erin Graff Zivin (USC): Beyond Inquisitional Logic, or, Toward an An-archaeological Latin Americanism. Matiias Bargsted, Juan Carlos Castillo, and Nicolas M. Somma (UC-CL): Political Trust in Latin America. Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Hastings): After Amnesties Are Gone: Latin American National Courts and the New Contours of the Fight Against Impunity. Roberto Laver (Harvard): Judicial Independence in Latin America and the (Conflicting) Influence of Cultural Norms. Juan Cristaldo and Lorena Silvero (UNA): Maps of Our Shared Territory. Tanya Golash-Boza (UC-Merced) and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke): Rethinking Race, Racism, Identity and Ideology in Latin America. From the International Journal of Multicultural Education, a special issue on Globalization and Educational Equity in Latin America. Hispano-skepticism, classical liberalism, and popular historiography: Robert Patrick Newcomb reviews Guia Politicamente Incorreto da America Latina by Leandro Narloch and Duda Teixeira. The rich are running Latin America and why that matters: Noam Lupu and Nicholas Carnes on how democracies all over the world are disproportionately run by rich politicians — and that makes a difference. Prominent Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano recently disavowed his anti-globalization stance — most Latin Americans were way ahead of him, embracing globalization and their former colonial masters. The antidote to politics: Belying dictators and craven presidents, the beautiful game has long given Latin America a sense of self-belief. For Brazil fans, a debacle even worse than 1950. Brazil fans turn on President Dilma Rousseff amid World Cup failure.
Agner Fog (DTU): Can a Collapse of Current Economic Empires Be Predicted? Vincent F. Ialenti (Cornell): Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain. Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv): The Utopian Promise of Private Law. Christian List (LSE): Three Kinds of Collective Attitudes. George K. Yin (Virginia): The Most Critical Issue Facing Tax Administration Today — And What to Do About It. Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Malthus, the Slave Trade, and the Civilizing Effect of the Preventive Checks. From Cosmos and Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, a special issue on Michael Oakeshott. The Survivor: Glenn Thrush on how Eric Holder outlasted his (many) critics. The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz calls Eric Holder the most "racially polarizing" AG ever — from Dred Scott to slavery, here's his competition. “Keep Calm and Carry On” conquered the world, but it was too mundane for World War II. Is Gerry Adams an Irish Nelson Mandela? Donald M. Beaudette and Cas Mudde wonder. Hisham Rana: “I have noticed parallels like this for more than 13 years. I am glad #HobbyLobby has brought everyone up to speed”. George Dvorsky on why believing in astrology is not as harmless as you think. Josh Levin on Andy Sidaris, the man who invented sports television’s “honey shot”. Whatever happened to the UFC? Tim Marchman wonders. Books to read while the algae grow in your fur: Cosma Shalizi reviews The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss by Shadia B. Drury.
From Common-place, a special issue on the conference “The American Revolution Reborn”. Liam O'Melinn (Ohio Northern): Our Discrete and Insular Founders: American “Degeneracy” and the Birth of Constitutional Equality. Thomas A. Foster on his book Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Thomas Jefferson was a Muslim: Abbas Milani reviews Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg. If only Thomas Jefferson could settle the issue: The official transcript of the Declaration of Independence may contain an errant period that contributes to what one scholar calls a “routine but serious misunderstanding” of the document. Inevident Truths: Patrick Woods on why current international norms and policies may not have supported the American Revolution. The real story of American independence: Elias Isquith interviews Gerald Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. Timothy Taylor on the economic underpinnings of the U.S. Revolutionary War. 1776, not just the Revolution: Claudio Saunt on how we forget that across a continent, the future United States was being shaped in other ways. What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? Uri Friedman on a Fourth of July thought experiment. Was there in fact an American Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century? Clearly, this is a question that generates much controversy. Robert Tsai on why Americans love to declare independence: The 1776 Declaration was only the first; what we learn from the long history of splinter constitutions, manifestos, and secessions that followed. Ben Schreckinger on why there will never be another American revolution: Our bars are too loud, our cafes too quiet.
Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor) and Taras Kuzio (Alberta): Nothing Personal: Explaining the Rise and Decline of Political Machines in Ukraine. Natalya Domina (Western Ontario): My Little Futuristic Prison: Thoughts on the Crimean Sanatorium Druzhba, a Simultaneously Utopian and Dystopian Project. From e-flux, Oleksiy Radynski on Maidan and beyond, part II: The cacophony of Donbas; and Ekaterina Degot on a text that should never have been written? Jasmina Tesanovic ventures into the "Palace of Corruption" where deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych partied and gloried in graft while the #Euromaidan raged on his doorstep. From TNR, Linda Kinstler on how Kiev's Maidan is still occupied, and it's become a darker, more dangerous place lately; eastern Ukraine has been a mafia state for years — can Kiev break the cycle of violence?; Russia and Ukraine really have no idea what's going on along the border; and Josh Kovensky on how Putin can still invade Ukraine whenever he pleases — and he's hoping the West won't notice. Is anyone in charge of Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine? Documents show how Russia’s troll amy hit America: Max Seddon on the adventures of Russian agents like The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Gay Turtle, and Ass — exposed for the first time. From Red (Team) Analysis, Helene Lavoix on war and peace in Ukraine: Hope, outrage and fortitude (and part 2). Sergii Leshchenko on why Ukraine's new president needs to get fellow oligarchs to stop being so corrupt. From New Left Review, an interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko on Ukraine’s fractures. Slavoj Zizek on why both the left and right have got it wrong on Ukraine. Marcela Escobari on Ukraine’s real problem, in four graphs. Explaining Ukraine is a pain; it stays mainly just the same.