Dan Breznitz (Georgia Tech): Ideas, Structure, State Action and Economic Growth: Rethinking the Irish Miracle. Lorenzo Zucca (King's): Crucifix in the Classroom: The Grand Chamber decision in Lautsi. A look at how European Christians don’t want government to reduce income inequality. Eyes to the far right: K Biswas charts the rise of "nativist" populism in Europe. Could the humble potato have spurred Europe’s rise, from 1700 to 1900? Michael Ruse on German culture: Goethe, Wagner, Hitler? A review of Spain: A Unique History by Stanley G. Payne. A True Finnish Spring: A national identity crisis follows an election. As a former punk rock hell-raiser and renowned comedian, Jon Gnarr may not have been the most obvious choice as mayor of Reykjavik in the aftermath of a financial crisis. A review of Immigrant Nations by Paul Scheffer. Marine Le Pen, France’s (kinder, gentler) extremist: She is taking the far-right National Front Party where her truculent father never could — into the country’s mainstream politics. Giorgia Serughetti and Alessandro Lanni on the women of Berlusconi’s Italy. Last December, a Romanian man made headlines when he leapt off a seven-meter-high balcony in the parliament in Bucharest — Adrian Sobaru's protest against the country's austerity measures has made him a hero for some and sparked a debate over Romania's future. Honoring Baltasar Garzon: The Spanish judge who dared to hold brutal human rights violators to account is now fighting for his legal career. The Eurovision Song Contest proves that Europeans are just as tacky as Americans (and more and more). Martin Lewis on the ambiguities of sovereignty in early modern central Europe. Iceland’s Big Thaw: Yes, the country is recovering, by forgetting about banking and rediscovering its essential weirdness — ever try cod sperm?


From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, Sarah L. Strout (Dominican College), Maryanne L. Fisher and Lesley-Anne Steeleworthy (St. Mary’s) and Daniel J. Kruger (Michigan): Pride and Prejudice or Children and Cheating? Jane Austen’s Representations of Female Mating Strategies; Maryanne Fisher (Saint Mary’s) and Anthony Cox (CCP): Man Change Thyself: Hero versus Heroine Development in Harlequin Romance Novels; and Victoria Ingalls (Marist): The Hero’s Relationship to Family: A Preliminary Sociobiological Analysis of Sex Differences in Hero Characteristics Using Children’s Fantasy Literature. From Improbable Research, a look at the bra inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. The consequences of dinner: Emma Rathbone on how food shapes the U.S. economy and environment. A review of The Militarization of Indian Country From Geronimo to Bin Laden by Winona LaDuke. Who's sucking the most money from the movement? These five Tea Party leaders are nicely compensated for leading the allegedly leaderless movement. A review of Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture. While heavy taxation surely creates some work disincentives, the overall tax level doesn’t seem to be an important determinant of differences in employment hours across the world’s rich countries. A look at how politicians answer questions without actually answering. Red mate, blue mate: Study says married couples select on basis of politics. Comfortably Alone: Social media puts an end to shyness by generalizing its pathology. Is San Francisco next? Tokyo is more likely, says a scientist whose work on aftershocks may revolutionize quake forecasting. Full Disclosure: Norman Ornstein on the dramatic turn away from campaign transparency. Faking it: Can ads create false memories about products? Republican war against the weak: Eliot Spitzer on the brutal GOP campaign to eliminate the collective rights of individuals and increase the collective rights of corporations.


Joel K. Goldstein (Saint Louis): Choosing Justices: How Presidents Decide. Steven J. Brams and Gustavo Camilo (NYU) and Alexandra D. Franz (Cal State-Fullerton): Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court: 1969-2009. Chad M. Oldfather (Marquette) and Todd C. Peppers (Roanoke): Till Death Do Us Part: Chief Justices and the United States Supreme Court. Keep the briefs brief, literary justices advise: A trove of interviews finds eight Supreme Court justices discussing their influences and the art of legal writing. Eric Segall (Georgia State): Is the Roberts Court Really a Court? Bad Arguments: Ronald Dworkin on the Roberts Court and religious schools and money and politics. Liberals used to think Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia were the scariest justices on the Court — then came George W. Bush's appointees. The impunity of the Roberts Court: John Thompson spent 14 years on death row because prosecutors withheld evidence, but the Supreme Court refuses to hold them accountable. The maximalist Supreme Court: What's the difference between "minimalist" conservative justices and the fundamentalists if they always come to the same conclusions? Blind Spot: How reactionary colorblindness has infected our courts — and our politics. New Originalism: Saul Cornell on a constitutional scam. Lawrence B. Solum (Illinois): What is Originalism? The Evolution of Contemporary Originalist Theory. A review of The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism by Gary L. McDowell. Barry Friedman on his book The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution. Ilya Somin (George Mason): The Tea Party Movement and Popular Constitutionalism. Amend Corner: Why are conservatives, not liberals, fixated on amending the Constitution?

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