From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on the practices of the International Criminal Court. Geoffrey M. Heal (Columbia) and Jisung Park (Harvard): Feeling the Heat: Temperature, Physiology and the Wealth of Nations. Richard A. Bales (Ohio Northern) et al: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Outsourcing. Lucas Melgaco (Vrije): Security and Surveillance in Times of Globalization: An Appraisal of Milton Santos’ Theory. Tor Krever (LSE): Dispensing Global Justice. Zelda Van der Velde (Tilburg) and Rianne Letschert (IVI): Collective Victimisation of Stateless Peoples: The Added Value of the Victim Label. Jonas Tallberg (Stockholm): Transparency and Openness. And still they come: Balancing the interests of migrant workers and the countries they live in. Uncontained: Trade is the weakest link in the fight against dirty money. When medicines don’t work anymore: The executive director of the South Centre warns that unless a global action plan is launched to tackle the crisis, we are facing a future in which antibiotics will no longer work. Ivan Krastev on why the world is filled with failed protest movements: The insurgencies are anti-political at their base. A review of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance by Eswar S. Prasad (and more). Eric Jones reviews Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World by Giorgio Riello. Several countries in Southeast Asia are among the world’s worst to work in, with workers suffering from regular rights violations, according to a new labor rights index. You can download Creative Districts around the World, ed. Lenia Marques and Greg Richards.
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan (Penn): A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print. Pauline Grosjean and Rose Khattar (UNSW): It's Raining Men! Hallelujah? Gabor Naray-Szabo (Eotvos Lorand): Conservative Evolution, Sustainability, and Culture. Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Jennifer M. Urban (UC-Berkeley): Alan Westin's Privacy Homo Economicus. Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s): Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Should Philosophical Theories Yield to Intuitions? Leonid Grinin (ECBSF): The Star-Galaxy Era of Big History in the Light of Universal Evolutionary Principles. Stephen M. Maurer (UC-Berkeley): From Bards to Search Engines: Finding What Readers Want from Ancient Times to the World Wide Web. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Albert Hirschman's Hiding Hand. Maria Caruso (Georgia State): Why Immoral Art Cannot Morally Harm Us. Jed Perl on how the art world has stopped distinguishing between greatness and fraudulence — and it's costing us. Siddhartha Mahanta on Donald Rumsfeld, master of perception. Americans usually think of “grassroots” politics as spontaneous outbursts of public opinion — in fact, a specialized industry of political operatives organize many grassroots efforts. Ezra Klein on on the single most important fact about American politics. Kate Levin on the vanishing, underappreciated prank call: How the weird imagined landscape of the phone network shaped my adolescence. I don’t feel your pain: Men and women appear to suffer pain differently, so do blacks and whites — modern medicine has trouble even talking about it. Is Terry Richardson an artist or a predator? Benjamin Wallace investigates.
Carlo Prato (Georgetown) and Stephane Wolton (Chicago): The Voters' Curses: The Upsides and Downsides of Political Engagement. Joshua Zingher (SUNY-Binghamton): An Analysis of the Changing Social Bases of America's Political Parties: 1952-2008. Zoltan L. Hajnal and Jeremy D. Horowitz (UCSD): Racial Winners and Losers in American Party Politics. David C. Kimball, Bryce Summary, and Eric C. Vorst (Missouri): Political Identify and Party Polarization in the American Electorate. Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution? Chris Mooney reviews Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences by John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Alford and Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman. Does money make people conservative? Andrew Gelman on leading to a discussion of different default models held by economists and political scientists. The Republicans have concluded that the path to electoral victory isn’t to craft the better campaign or come up with appealing policies, but to control the shape of the electorate by making it smaller. Study finds strong evidence for discriminatory intent behind voter ID laws: Legislators who support strict ID requirements are more racially biased than those who don’t. Democrats, stop fighting voter ID laws. John Sides on why weird congressional districts can be good congressional districts. Facebook could decide an election without anyone ever finding out: Jonathan Zittrain on the scary future of digital gerrymandering and how to prevent it. Computer programmer Brian Olson solved gerrymandering in his spare time; we could take human error out of the redistricting process entirely — why don't we?
Michael Selmi (GWU): The Obama Administration's Civil Rights Record: The Difference an Administration Makes. Mark S. Brodin (BC): The Slow Demise of Race Preference. Harry G. Hutchison (George Mason): Affirmative Action: Between the Oikos and the Cosmos. Brian T. Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt): Is the Future of Affirmative Action Race Neutral? Sally Haslanger (MIT): Studying While Black: Trust, Opportunity and Disrespect. Erica Frankenberg and Steven L. Nelson (Penn State) and Preston C. Green (UConn): Fighting “Demographic Destiny”: A Legal Analysis of Attempts of the Strategies White Enclaves Might Use to Maintain School Segregation. Resegregation in the American South: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back. T. Rees Shapiro reviews First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart. Affirmative action fail: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin. Jamelle Bouie on the single fact that powerfully explains why black Americans have such a hard time climbing the economic ladder. From Contexts, Vincent Roscigno and George Wilson on privatization and racial inequality. Clay Risen on the Bill of the Century: The Civil Rights Act, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, changed the shape of American society — the story of how it finally passed is just as remarkable. Fabio Rojas reviews Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism by Karen Ferguson. Has "the conscience of Congress" sold out to big banks? Zach Carter and Ryan Grim on how the Congressional Black Caucus is at war with itself over Wall Street.
Thomas Carter (Brighton): Wading Through the Mangroves: Thoughts on Theorising the Coast. Andrew N. Rubin (Georgetown): Orientalism and the History of Western Anti-Semitism: The Coming End of an American Taboo. Tony Ballantyne (Otago): Strategic Intimacies: Knowledge and Colonization in Southern New Zealand. From Qualitative Sociology Review, Medora W. Barnes (John Carroll): Our Family Functions: Functions of Traditional Weddings for Modern Brides and Postmodern Families; Marina D’Agati (Torino): “I Feel Like I’m Going to Win”: Superstition in Gambling; and Gregory M. Hall (SUNY): Tension in the Field of Art: The Practical Tattoo Artist and Perceptions of the Fine Art Community. The powerful authority of cute animals: Beatrice Marovich on the mechanism of the beckoning cat and other talismans. Want to spot the next bubble?: The more Harvard grads that head for Wall Street, the worse a sign it is for markets. Matthew Hutson on why we enjoy chili peppers, S&M, gruesome movies, and other unpleasant experiences. Distrust your data: Jacob Harris on six ways to make mistakes with data. Weird suburbia: Ken Hollings on how atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America. Deborah Cohen on why we look the way we look now: The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric — with a startling result; as Americans' wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines. With the narrowing of the political class, don't we need more politics rather than less? David Runciman on politics or technology — which will save the world?
The inaugural issue of BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal is out. Huw Evans (Cardiﬀ): Law and Legitimacy: The Denial of the Catalan Voice. Klemens Olafur Thrastarson (Pompeu Fabra): Iberia and the 21st Century (A Federal Republic of Iberia). Mario Espinoza Pino (Complutense): The Spanish Revolt: Defying the Crisis from Below. Paul Anderson (Pompeu Fabra): Recognition and Political Accommodation of National Minorities: The Case of Catalonia. Lluis Perez Lozano and Marc Sanjaume Calvet (Pompeu Fabra): Legalizing Secession: The Catalan Case. Estat Propi: Christopher Jury Morgan on negotiations of statehood in Catalonia. How likely is Catalan independence? Xavier Vila Carrera the domain of Spain. Playing chicken in Catalonia: Spain's political heavyweights have locked themselves into a secession face-off that could tear apart the country. Wars of Spanish secession: Catalonia is set on an independence vote, despite Madrid’s hostility. Roads to utopia: Sarah Hill goes inside Spain's model village. From El Pais, Natalia Junquera on an abdication plan that was five months in the making; and how King Juan Carlos revealed his abdication secret. Spain's poisoned chalice: The Spanish monarchy is in big trouble, and not even a young, handsome new king may be able to do anything about it (and more). Left and pro-sovereignty forces demand republic referendum. The King is dead, long live the giddy baby elephant of the people! With leftist, republican and independence movements brewing, could Felipe be the last King of Spain? Matt Bellassai on 49 reasons the Spanish World Cup team is definitely the hottest World Cup team.
Eric Blumenson (Suffolk): Four Challenges Confronting a Moral Conception of Universal Human Rights. From the forthcoming Human Rights: Moral or Political?, ed. Adam Etinson, Samuel Moyn (Columbia): Human Rights in Heaven; and John Tasioulas (UCL): Philosophizing the Real World of Human Rights: A Reply to Samuel Moyn. Jeanne M. Woods (Loyola): Theorizing Peace as a Human Right. David J. Luban (Georgetown): Human Rights Pragmatism and Human Dignity. Keith E. Schnakenberg (WUSTL) and Christopher J. Fariss (Penn State): Dynamic Patterns of Human Rights Practices. Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton (UCSD): A Social Science of Human Rights. James Ron and David Crow (CIDE) and Shannon Golden (Notre Dame): Who Trusts Local Human Rights Organizations? Evidence from Three World Regions; and Who Knows About Human Rights? Survey Evidence from Four Countries. Sammy Adelman (Warwick): Human Rights and Climate Change. From the Revista de Estudos Constitucionais, Hermeneutica e Teoria do Direito, Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck): The Revolutionary Past: Decolonizing Law and Human Rights; and Jose Manuel Barreto (Humboldt): Human Rights and Emotions from the Perspective of the Colonised: Anthropofagi, Legal Surrealism and Subaltern Studies. Ioana Cismas (NYU): The Intersection of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and Civil and Political Rights. The introduction to The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Commentary, Cases and Materials, ed. Ben Saul, David Kinley, and Jacqueline Mowbray. The U.N.'s new human rights chief has a pretty tall task ahead of him — is Prince Zeid up to the job?
Seth Lazar (ANU): Javier Bardem and the Indians. Seth Lazar (ANU): In Dubious Battle: Uncertainty and the Ethics of Killing. Jessie D. Turner (USF): Reconsidering the Relationship Between New Mestizaje and New Multiraciality as Mixed-Race Identity. Rik Peels (VU Amsterdam): What Kind of Ignorance Excuses? Two Neglected Issues. Troy J. Scott (RTI): On the Economic Efficiency of Progressive Taxation. Peter N Freswick (Vanderbilt): Artificial Sweetened Beverages and Pediatric Obesity: The Controversy Continues. From Emotion Researcher, five specialists on disgust share their views on the origin and expansion of disgust and on the normative status of disgust in the moral domain. Slaying, yet again, the idea that the languages we speak shape the thoughts we think: Graeme Wood reviews The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language by John McWhorter. Hitler’s airport: Berlin has buried every trace of the Third Reich — with one big exception. Hitler's bookbinder: Michael Shaughnessy reports the untold story of Frieda Thiersch — and the mysteries of her life, her motives and her books. Lessons from 25 years of post-communism: Daniel Treisman on the importance of reform, democracy, and geography. Who was C.H. Fellowes? Amateur sleuth Carmen Nyssen finds a mysterious 19th-century tattoo artist. Ander Monson reviews Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture by Rachel Lee Rubin. The first chapter from Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up by David Colander and Roland Kupers.
Elizabeth E. Joh (UC-Davis): Policing by Numbers: Big Data and the Fourth Amendment. Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): Governing, Exchanging, Securing: Big Data and the Production of Digital Knowledge. Erik Palmer (Southern Oregon): Of Symbolic Power and Big Data: Instagram and the Disruption of Media Photography in the 21st Century. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a special section on Big Data, including Hal R. Varian (Google): Big Data: New Tricks for Econometrics; and David W. Nickerson (Notre Dame) and Todd Rogers (Harvard): Political Campaigns and Big Data. Jeffrey Goldfarb interviews Klaus Bruhn Jensen on exploring problems surrounding big data. Big data is a vague term for a massive phenomenon that has rapidly become an obsession with entrepreneurs, scientists, governments and the media — are we making a big mistake? Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis on eight (no, nine!) problems with big data. Does even Nate Silver have limits? Zachary Shore on what big data can — and can’t — tell us. Mikkel Krenchel and Christian Madsbjerg on how your big data is worthless if you don't bring it into the real world. Big data comes to the office. The Economist explains the backlash against big data. Nancy Weiss Hanrahan on big data, little music. Big data, bad prophets: Josh Lowe interviews Tim Harford. Prison breakthrough: Big data can help states decide whom to release from prison. Janet Vertesi on how an experiment opting out of big data made her look like a criminal. James Lichtenberg on big data: Should publishers even care? Kathleen J. Frydl on coercion in the age of big data. Does big data threaten political inequality? Andrew Mayersohn wants to know. What’s the next big thing in big data? Bigger data. Kate Crawford on the anxieties of big data: What does the lived reality of big data feel like? (and more)
From the latest issue of the Journal of Eurasian Affairs, Alexander Dugin (Moscow State): The Multipolar World and the Postmodern; Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini (Tehran): US Presence in Eurasia and Its Impact on Security and Military Arrangements of This Region; Andrew Corybko (MGIMO): Russia and the United States: Incompatibility of Identities or Great Power Competition?; Gabor Vona on some thoughts on the creation of Intellectual Eurasianism; and Evgeniy Fyodorov on the National Liberation Movement in Russia today. Leon Aron on why Putin says Russia is exceptional: Such claims have often heralded aggression abroad and harsh crackdowns at home. Putin welcomed Kazakhstan and Belarus into a new Eurasian Economic Union built to rival the US, EU and China — but the absence of Ukraine undermined his dream of restoring Soviet glory days. As a muscled-up Russia pushes for more leverage over Kazakhstan, a wary Astana strives to make new, powerful friends. While sanctions, aid, and NATO actions all can help deter Russian adventurism in Ukraine, the greatest check it faces may be the force of Ukrainian public opinion. Sascha-Dominik Bachmann on Crimea and Ukraine 2014 and “protective interventionism”. Putin’s European adventures: The Russian president’s strategy towards Ukraine and the West may not have worked as well as he hoped. The scorecard in Ukraine is murkier than most pundits think. Stephen Walt on how anyone who says Russia is losing in Ukraine doesn’t understand how this game is played. Saying that Putin “blinked” is like saying that the boy who stole a cookie from a cookie jar blinked because he took only one cookie rather than all of them. This quote by Putin is the greatest act of projection ever: “When people push boundaries too far, it's not because they are strong but because they are weak”.