Daniel B. Rodriguez (Northwestern) and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): The Reformation of Administrative Law Revisited. Mikael Rask Madsen (Copenhagen): Judicial Globalization and Global Administrative Law: The Particularity of the Proliferation of International Courts. Brian Lipshutz (Yale): Justice Thomas and the Originalist Turn in Administrative Law. Adam Babich (Tulane): Fun with Administrative Law: A Game for Lawyers and Judges. Aaron Nielson (BYU): Visualizing Change in Administrative Law. Paul Daly (Montreal): The Language of Administrative Law. William H. Simon (Columbia): The Organizational Premises of Administrative Law. Melissa F. Wasserman (Illinois): What Administrative Law Can Teach the Trademark System. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on the Administrative Law of Financial Regulation. Michael Kagan (UNLV): Binding the Enforcers: The Administrative Law Struggle Behind Pres. Obama’s Immigration Actions. Andrew Rudalevige on King v. Burwell: Who knew administrative law could be so much fun?
Perry S. Bechky (Seattle): The International Law of Game of Thrones. John Wihbey on how agricultural drones may change the way we farm: Major innovations in farming are at hand, thanks to a rapidly evolving industry. Christy Chapin on her book Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System. Have the nerds really beaten the campaign pundits? Not yet. Trump is wrong: Nearly every nation in the Western Hemisphere offer some form of unconditional birthright citizenship to children born in-country. Increase taxes? Talk by Donald Trump alarms G.O.P. Is Joe Biden getting a gender advantage? Rebecca Traister wonders (and more). Hillary Clinton’s emails show that Washington is more Veep than House of Cards. 1 in 3 federal government employees use personal e-mail for work, survey finds. Charlie Warzel goes inside the wonderful world of Flight Attendant Internet. Stuart Whatley in investing yourself (against the limited liability society).
From The National Interest, a symposium on What Should Be the Purpose of American Power? Wising up to the wise men of American foreign policy: Jeet Heer reviews American Foreign Policy and its Thinkers by Perry Anderson. What do elites think about when they think about American foreign policy? American imperialism’s most ambivalent salesman: For Robert D. Kaplan, there’s nothing imperialism can’t fix — except for all the problems it creates. Imperial nostalgia: Nick Danforth on who did it better — and why it matters. Just how entangling are America’s alliances? Many international relations scholars warn that alliances entangle the U.S. in foreign conflicts — new data suggests maybe not so much. Musa Al-Gharbi on the case for an unprincipled foreign policy: “Grand Strategies” are great for winning elections, but they’re terrible for governing. Amitav Acharya on how the two big ideas of the post-Cold War era failed. Rosa Brooks on how to speak foreign policy like a Beltway native.
From Foreign Affairs, Chris Murphy, Brian Schatz, and Martin Heinrich on principles for a progressive foreign policy; Gideon Rose on what Obama gets right; and Bret Stephens on what Obama gets wrong. Karen DeYoung on how the Obama White House runs foreign policy. The hawks return: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were reviled at the end of their administration — now their disastrous ideas are flying high. Nicole Hemmer and Tom Switzer on why Republicans reject the Iran deal — and all diplomacy. America’s never been safer, so why are Republicans convinced it’s in mortal peril? Russia or ISIS, who is America’s No. 1 enemy? Karoun Demirjian wonders. If the Pentagon and the Obama administration can’t even get on the same page about the top existential threats to America, what hope is there for humanity? An interview with David Vine, author of Base Nation: How the U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. As America is blowing billions by using its military as a one-size-fits-all solution for emergencies around the world, USAID is understaffed, underfunded, and on the cusp of crisis.
Thomas Drissen (Birmingham): Economic Globalization is What States Make of It. Globalization under duress: Policy mistakes in a globalized world range from costly to deadly — and we’re making more of them. Neil Altman on economic globalization and mental health. John Schmidt on how we created the WTO: A personal account of how the largest and most important trade agreement in world history finally got done. Kyle Bagwell and Robert W. Staiger (Stanford) and Chad P. Bown (World Bank): Is the WTO Passe? This striking diagram will change how you look at the world economy. From welfare state to innovation state: A spectre is haunting the world economy — the spectre of job-killing technology; how this challenge is met will determine the fate of the world’s market economies and democratic polities. Will the world ever boom again? Noah Smith wonders. What is wrong with the West’s economies? Edmund S. Phelps wants to know. The case for slower growth: If the rich world aimed for minimal growth, would it be a disaster or a blessing?
Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Immigration: A Lockean Approach. Tierney Sneed on why ending birthright citizenship would be terrible for Silicon Valley. What is the Trump endgame? Jonathan Chait wonders. Rosie Gray on the real media machine behind Trump: Conservative talk radio. Those predicting Donald Trump’s imminent political demise are ignoring the lessons of recent history, which tell us that poseurs with a knack for public relations can con the public for a very long time. The Populists: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump harness its appeal — and demonstrate its limits. Keith A. Spencer on why the rich love Burning Man: Burning Man became a festival that rich libertarians love because it never had a radical critique at its core. He said, she said: Donna Zuckerberg on the mythical history of the false rape allegation. Aurin Squire on how conservatives used the Virginia shooting to flip the script on racism. John McQuaid on how America is forgetting the lessons it never learned from Hurricane Katrina.
Bradan T. Thomas (Houston): Autonomous Weapon Systems: The Anatomy of Autonomy and the Legality of Lethality. Harry van der Linden (Butler): Drone Warfare and Just War Theory. Jai Galliott (UNSW): Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape. Rosa Brooks on write in defense of killer robots: Hold on there, technophobe hippies — when it comes to “doing no harm”, robots are a hell of a lot better than humans. Ryan J. Vogel (Chicago-Kent): Ending the “Drone War” or Expanding It? Assessing the Legal Authority for Continued U.S. Operations Against Al-Qa’ida after Afghanistan. Amos N. Guiora and Jason B. Shelton (Utah): Drones and Targeted Killings: Facing the Challenges of Unlimited Executive Power. Karen J. Greenberg reviews Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn. Manic Pixie Drone War: Grayson Clary reviews A Theory of the Drone by Gregoire Chamayou. Cora Currier on David Graeber and the bureaucratic utopia of drone warfare.
Marc Jonathan Blitz, James L Grimsley, Stephen E. Henderson, and Joseph T. Thai (Oklahoma): Regulating Drones Under the First and Fourth Amendments. Drones are being used to capture video footage that shows construction progress at the Sacramento Kings’ new stadium in California. FAA records detail hundreds of close calls between airplanes and drones. Hobby drones — not as cute as you think: Kevin Drum on why a sky clogged with unregulated remote-control aircraft might not be such a great idea. A Kentucky man shot a drone flying over his yard — then the cops arrested him. Welcome to the world, drone-killing laser cannon. North Dakota allows cops to arm their drones with Tasers and tear gas. Oh good, the weaponized police drones are here. Bryan Lufkin on 9 misconceptions about drones that engineers wish you’d shut up about. To build a better drone, study lovebirds.
Willard B. Taylor (NYU): Should Payroll Taxes Be Repealed? Eric A. Kades (William and Mary): Corrective Progressivity. Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and Dmitry Zelik (Michigan): Are We Trapped by Our Capital Gains? Mike Konczal on how the rich can keep their homes, businesses, artwork, and wealth tax-free forever. As the rich become super-rich, they pay lower taxes — for real. Victor Fleischer on how to tax Gordon Gekko. Matthew Yglesias on the case for confiscatory taxation. Jared Bernstein on the case for a tax on financial transactions (and more). Richard H. Mattoon and Sarah Wetmore on sin taxes: The sobering fiscal reality. Josh Barro on the inevitable, indispensable property tax. Rand Paul compared taxation to slavery — and betrayed the emptiness of his political philosophy (and more). Calvin H. Johnson (Texas): When “Simplification” is a Trojan Horse for Great Harm. Beware of simple U.S. tax reform plans. H&R Block snuck language into a Senate bill to make taxes more confusing for poor people. Michigan Chamber of Commerce in freakout mode over ballot proposal to make corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Jim Tankersley on why tax reform is going to be really hard.
Marcia Anne Yablon-Zug (South Carolina): The Mirage of Immigration Reform: The Devastating Consequences of Obama’s Immigration Policy. Eric Hananoki on how the white nationalist media have found their “great” “hope” in Donald Trump and his immigration plan. Republicans come to terms with their worst Trump nightmare (and more and more). Chris Lehmann on the real reason pundits want Donald Trump to disappear: Trump is a loud, brash rebuke to the great American myth of meritocratic achievement. “Obama is endangering America by borrowing from China” is a perfect political line, playing into deficit fetishism, xenophobia and the perennial claim that Democrats don’t stand up for America. William Bradford, an assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point, has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants. Carimah Townes on how the number of people who use a gun in self-defense is pretty much negligible.
Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky on how the biggest fabricator in science got caught: Yoshitaka Fujii falsified 183 papers before statistics exposed him. David Broockman and Joshua Kalla discovered one of social science’s biggest frauds — here’s what they learned. How reliable are psychology studies? A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down (and more and more). Piercarlo Valdesolo on fixing the problem of liberal bias in social psychology. Philip Ball on how one psychologist is tackling human biases in science. Let’s abolish social science: Michael Lind on a proposal for the new university. No, social science is not doomed: Science is not a synonym for truth; it’s the process by which we search for it.
A scientific look at bad science: Bourree Lam on what recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems. Science is broken — these academics think they have the answer. If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately, but science isn’t broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for. Yes, some studies get retracted, but that’s OK. Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman on how science is often flawed — it’s time we embraced that. Scientists just published ambitious new guidelines for conducting better research.
John Sides on why Congress should not cut funding to the social sciences: Good science requires good social science. Lance R. Collins on why social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines. Scientists are trying to figure out the best way to spend money on science. Charles Seife and Paul Tacker on why it’s OK for taxpayers to “snoop” on scientists. Following criticism, PLOS removes blog defending scrutiny of science. Mariam Thalos (Utah): Who Will Advise Us? On Proper Relations between Science and Democratic Institutions.
Eric A. Feldman and Chelsea Fish (Penn): Natural Disasters, Nuclear Disasters, and Global Governance. Robert R. M. Verchick (Loyola) and Paul Govind (Macquarie): Natural Disaster and Climate Change; and Disaster Law and Climate Change. A decade after Katrina, are America’s flood estimates dangerously wrong? Shelby Hartman on the Lower Ninth Ward, ten years after Katrina (and more). What’s left to say about Katrina? Alexander Zaitchik on building climate justice from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Where Black Lives Matter began: Jamelle Bouie on how Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain. Is post-Katrina gentrification saving New Orleans or ruining it? Jazz musician Terence Blanchard tells the story of his hometown ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Malcolm Gladwell on what social scientists learned from Katrina. Nick Stockton on how no one is ready for the next Katrina. David Roberts on how Hurricane Katrina showed what “adapting to climate change” looks like.