Kathleen Dolan (Wisconsin): Is There a "Gender Affinity Effect" in American Politics? Information, Affect, and Candidate Sex in U.S. House Elections. From The Independent Review, Daniel Choi (II): Unprophetic Tocqueville: How Democracy in America Got the Modern World Completely Wrong; and Bruce L. Benson (FSU): The Evolution of Eminent Domain: Market Failure or an Effort to Limit Government Power and Government Failure?; and a review of James M. Buchanan's Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative: The Normative Vision of Classical Liberalism. A review of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community by Stephen Marglin. From THES, a review of Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice by Clare Chambers; and a review of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics by Robert Faulkner. The introduction to Status Signals: A Sociological Study of Market Competition by Joel M. Podolny. From Der Spiegel, a special report on Life in Baghdad since the Fall of Saddam. From The New York Observer, an article on How to Change Your Life in One Year! Completely. From Wired, a look at nine trends driving business in 2008. The unavoidable empty campaign promise: Candidates have always offered to fulfill unlikely wishes on the trail, and this year's no different. More on The New Rome.