Peter Jenei (DRHE): What was Like to Be an “Immigrant” in Biblical Times? The Status and Treatment of Sojourners (gerim) in Ancient Israel as a Comparison of European Migration Trends. Adam Luedtke (CUNY): The Ethics of a Global Response to the Governance of Migration. Clara Sandelind reviews Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, ed. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi. Christopher Freiman (William and Mary) and Javier Hidalgo (Richmond): Liberalism or Immigration Restrictions, But Not Both. James Chamberlain (Mississippi State): Minoritarian Democracy: The Democratic Case for No Borders; and Migration and the Politics of Life. David Goodhart reviews Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller. Political theory and migration: Rosine Kel on concepts of non-sovereignty and solidarity.
Paolo Novak (SOAS): Back to Borders. Bruno Dupeyron (JSGS): Secluding North America’s Migration Outcasts: Notes on the International Organization for Migration’s Compassionate Mercenary Business. Craig B. Mousin (DePaul): You Were Told to Love the Immigrant, But What If the Story Never Happened? Hospitality and United States Immigration Law. William Walters (Carleton): The Flight of the Deported: Aircraft, Deportation, and Politics. From Pew Research Center, a look at the origins and destinations of the world’s migrants, from 1990-2015. Mark Leonard on the migration superpowers. Thomas Nail (Denver): A Tale of Two Crises: Migration and Terrorism after the Paris Attacks. Reports tell of a trail of migrant deaths across deserts and seas. Paul Clewett reviews Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today, ed. Aziz Choudry and Mondli Hlatshwayo.
Michael S. Merry (Amsterdam) and William S. New (Beloit): Is the Liberal Defense of Public Schools a Fantasy? Valerie Strauss on a primer on the damaging movement to privatize public schools. Sheryl J. Croft (Kennesaw State), Mari Ann Roberts (Clayton State), and Vera L. Stenhouse (Georgia State): The Perfect Storm of Education Reform: High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evaluation. Solving the mystery of the schools: Diane Ravitch reviews The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? by Dale Russakoff and Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph by Kristina Rizga. The biggest public policy mistake we’re continuing to make, year after year: By not investing in quality early childhood education, we're leaving vulnerable kids behind and lots of future benefits on the table.
Natalie Koch (Syracuse): Gulf Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Constructing Falconry as a “Heritage Sport”. The racist dawn of capitalism: Peter James Hudson reviews Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert; The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist; River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson; and The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery by Nicholas Draper. Are Disney princesses hurting your daughter’s self-esteem? Danielle Paquette on the unexpected way Disney princesses affect little boys. For philosophy to be effective, it has to understand the world in which it operates — David Hume brought history and politics to the realm of ideas (and more).
Daniel J. Morrissey (Gonzaga): Income Equality in Utopia. Liam Murphy (NYU): Why Does Inequality Matter? Reflections on the Political Morality of Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The problem with inequality, according to Adam Smith: The allure of extreme wealth can contort human sympathies, causing the public to admire the wealthy and shun the poor. Wealthy families are most responsible for American wealth segregation. Christopher Ingraham on the social lives of rich people, explained. If states can drug test low-income residents seeking welfare assistance, why can’t they do the same for members of the one percent asking for hefty federal tax deductions? So goes the thinking of Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI). A study finds higher taxes don’t scare millionaires into fleeing their homes after all. They don’t just hide their money: Didier Jacobs on how most of billionaire wealth is unearned.
Teresa Tritch on the United States of Inequality. Branko Milanovic on 5 powerful forces driving inequality. Is the one percent really the problem? Unpack the numbers on America’s highest earners and there’s a stark division between the well-off and the dangerously affluent.
Diane Stone (Warwick) and Stella Ladi (Queen Mary): Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration. Yuen Yuen Ang (Michigan): Beyond Weber: Conceptualizing an Alternative Ideal-Type of Bureaucracy in Developing Contexts. Bertrall L. Ross (UC-Berkeley): Embracing Administrative Constitutionalism. Mila Sohoni (San Diego): The Administrative Constitution in Exile. David Konisky (Indiana) and Manuel P. Teodoro (Texas A&M): When Governments Regulate Governments. Julie E. Cohen (Georgetown): The Regulatory State in the Information Age. Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Iowa): Appraising the Progressive State. Juli Ponce (Barcelona): The Right to Good Administration and the Role of Administrative Law in Promoting Good Government. Jud Mathews (Penn State): Minimally Democratic Administrative Law. Daniel Herz-Roiphe and David Singh Grewal (Yale): Make Me Democratic, But Not Yet: Sunrise Lawmaking and Democratic Constitutionalism.
John M. de Figueiredo (Duke) and Edward Stiglitz (Cornell): Democratic Rulemaking. Sidney A. Shapiro (Wake Forest): The Failure to Understand Expertise in Administrative Law: The Problem and the Consequences. Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen and Lars Tummers (Utrecht), Sebastian Jilke (Rutgers), and Asmus Leth Olsen (Copenhagen): Behavioral Public Administration: Combining Insights from Public Administration and Psychology. Jennifer Nou (Chicago): Intra-Agency Coordination. Jacob E. Gersen and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Thin Rationality Review. From Cato Unbound, Philip Wallach (Brookings): Farewell to the Administrative State? (and responses). Blow up the administrative state: Constitutional convention could wrest power from political class and return it to states and people.
From Administrative Theory and Praxis, a special section on Kym Thorne and critical public administration.
Mark Walters (Sussex): Challenging Orthodoxy: Towards a Restorative Approach to Combating the Globalization of Hate. A review of Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital by Jason W. Moore. Debt, underemployment, and capitalism: Colin Jenkins and Cherise Charleswell on the rise of twenty-first-century serfdom. Tim Harford on how politicians poisoned statistics: We have more data — and the tools to analyse and share them — than ever before, so why is the truth so hard to pin down? Akshat Rathi interviews David Spiegelhalter on how to stop being so easily manipulated by misleading statistics. Victoria de Grazia reviews Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, From the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Frank Trentmann. The TSA is bad because we demand that it be bad. Is Turkey paying for its foreign policy sins of the past? Here's why the Save America's Pastime Act is a river of molten sewage.
Trump, the man and the image: His words increasingly signify his confusion about who he is and what he has got himself into. The political sociology behind the British referendum and the rise of Donald Trump: William Davies on how Brexit will make things worse — is that why people voted for it? Brexit proved again that identity can trump economics. In response to Brexit, European Commission President Juncker wants deeper EU integration, but German Chancellor Merkel does not — inside the vast EU power struggle triggered by the UK referendum.
From City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson on the oldest divide: With roots dating back to our Founding, America’s urban-rural split is wider than ever; and cities and memory: Englishman Theodore Dalrymple reflects on his travels in urban America. Erik Loomis reviews Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century by Steven Conn. A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities: Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. Fetishizing family farms: History is nothing like the political mythology. “Normal America” is not a small town of white people (and more). The real reason Middle America should be angry: Like many “flyover” cities, St. Louis’s decline is not mainly a story of deindustrialization, but of decisions in Washington that opened the door to predatory monopoly. Southern cities split with states on social issues.
The last homesteads: The arid landscape of the Great Plains is home to generations of pioneer homesteaders — and the ruins they left behind. Jenny Rowland on how the American West is rapidly disappearing. Breaking out: Alexis Coe is rolling through the West in search of the American dream. A French communist utopia in Texas: Chris Jennings on how one group's search for the promised land in 1848 became a complete disaster. Kirk David Swinehart reviews Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism by Chris Jennings. Scott Porch on 5 quirky utopians who tried building a more perfect America.
Nathan Heller on the new activism of liberal arts colleges. Meanwhile, back on most campuses: The focus on extreme political correctness at Oberlin and other elite colleges risks obscuring what less privileged undergraduates are dealing with. Shut up about Harvard: A focus on elite schools ignores the issues most college students face. Eric Hoover interviews Alexander Astin, author of Are You Smart Enough? How Colleges’ Obsession With Smartness Shortchanges Students. The war on stupid people: American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth. Admissions failure: Once college admissions became a measure of both popularity and, somehow, quality, it took on a strange life of its own. Dear parents: Everything you need to know about your son and daughter’s university but don’t. What’s your college degree worth? It may depend on your parents’ income.
Jonathan Jong (Oxford): On (Not) Defining (Non)Religion. Lisa Isherwood (Winchester): Christianity: Queer Pasts, Queer Futures? Imagining the Arctic: Andreas Kuersten on international law, governance, and relations in the High North. A medical marijuana and criminal defense lawyer from Southern California has made himself into the country’s leading defender of hackers — can he save his clients from the worst law in technology and themselves? How genetics is playing a surprising role in the fight for slavery reparations: An excerpt from The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome by Alondra Nelson (and more). Stop using Google Trends: “It makes ‘The British are frantically Googling what the EU is, hours after voting to leave it’ absurdly disingenuous”. Beware Boris Johnson: Tina Brown on the power of a cunning clown. Sorry, Obama: Donald Trump is a populist, and you’re not.
From Daily Nous, philosophers on Brexit: What should we make of this result, and of the processes and conditions that led to it? Paul Rosenberg interviews Peter Turchin, author of Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth, on how the seeds of Brexit unrest were planted during the Carolingian Empire. Let’s be clear: Osborne and Cameron haven’t merely wrecked Britain’s reputation in the world, cost us billions of pounds in lower real incomes and driven people to despair and suicide — they have now created a climate in which migrants and ethnic minorities no longer feel safe. Owen Jones on the plight of Labour: What happens if an early general election takes place that hands the Conservatives a massive majority and leaves Labour a broken political force, never to recover. How Brexit threw the Labour Party into crisis — and what’s next.
So, what’s next for democracy and politics in the United Kingdom? Post-Brexit, the U.K. is in its worst political crisis since 1940. Noah Feldman on the risk of a constitutional crisis in Britain. No, Brexit was not Britain’s “Declaration of Independence” — it was the exact opposite. Sheri Berman on how Brexit might undermine Europe’s democratic order. Amanda Taub on how the E.U. is democratic — it just doesn’t feel that way. Brexit isn’t the most serious threat to the EU — the euro is. No, Brexit is not the end of the liberal world order. After the Brexit vote: Andrew Arato on federations, federal states or back to the bad past?
Ben Bernanke on the economic implications of Brexit. Paul Krugman on the macroeconomics of Brexit: Motivated reasoning? The refugee question: Is Merkel to blame for Brexit? Merkel, the great procrastinator, could be Britain’s saviour. Detoxifying the UK’s exit from the EU: A multi-national compromise is possible. Here are the E.U.’s four options for negotiating Brexit. It’s undeniable that we’ll stay in the European Union after all: Brexit won’t happen in the end — here's why. A widespread mistrust of experts can lead to political decisions, like Brexit, that might have negative consequences for the very people who vote for them — how to fix it?