Francis Fukuyama (Stanford): What is Governance? (and responses) John Peters (Laurentian): The Remaking of Leviathan: The State and Public Sector Reform in Advanced Capitalist Countries. Timothy K. Kuhner (Georgia State): The Democracy to Which We are Entitled: Human Rights and the Problem of Money in Politics. Imer B. Flores (Georgetown): The Problem of Democracy in Contexts of Polarization. From the Journal of Public Deliberation, a special issue on the spread of participatory budgeting across the globe. Paul Brighton reviews Elite Statecraft and Election Administration: Bending the Rules of the Game? by Toby S. James. Ryan Rylee interviews Arend Lijphart, author of Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Dennis Shen reviews Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century by Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels.

From The Huffington Post, Michael Calderone on The American Conservative, the Right's most unorthodox magazine. Nicholas Adams on why theologians hate Hegel. From Roar, the revolutionary is dead; long live the revolution! Jerome Roos on Hugo Chavez. The Eternal Comandante: Jens Gluesing and Mathieu von Rohr on Hugo Chavez's complicated legacy. Bob Woodward's recent flap reveals a grotesquely swollen ego fed by 40 years of hero worship; Max Holland asks, why is this man an American icon? From, Tony Waters and Razib Khan debate Max Weber, Cavalli-Sforza, ethnicity, and population genetics. From Lifehacker, Alan Henry on how to avoid sounding like an idiot when discussing politics. Shocker: Civil rights agency did not discriminate against conservatives, whites.

From First Things, Hans Boersma reviews What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George. Why does my kid freak out? Melinda Wenner Moyer on the totally legitimate reasons your animal child just threw spaghetti in your face. The New Dad Mag: Here's to the dads who never miss a playdate and always roll their jeans just so. Thou Shall Have More Kids: Jen Pollock Michel writes in defense of bigger families and smaller budgets. Why are our kids useless? Because we're smart. Clancy Martin on weird parents, normal children: Does looking to the past help us become better parents? Don't call Him “Mr. Mom”: Quit patronizing — it's OK for dads to be dads. Volcanic feelings of love and hate are part of being a parent: it's dangerous to pretend otherwise. Kenny Luck on the recipe for Godly male leadership in the family.

From Prospect, who are the world’s top thinkers? Joshua Green on why big banks are right to fear Elizabeth Warren. From The Weekly Standard, Michael S. Doran reviews Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Elliott Abrams. Aaron David Miller on Israel's demographic destiny: Israel can be Jewish, democratic, or a state in control of the Palestinian territories — choose two. Greenland gives power back to former ruling party. A pope for all Christians: Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church. From The Umlaut, Paul Krugman is brilliant, but is he meta-rational? Joshua Keating on the cult of Krugman. From UN Dispatch, Nicholas Slayton on 4 things Rand Paul missed in his drone filibuster. From Vice, what do hate groups think of Jennifer Lawrence? Jamie Lee Curtis Taete investigates.

Francine J. Lipman (UNLV): Access to Tax InJustice. Anne Alstott (Yale): Updating the Welfare State: Marriage, the Income Tax, and Social Security in the Age of the New Individualism. Kimberly J. Morgan (GWU): America's Misguided Approach to Social Welfare: How the Country Could Get More for Less. Michael Tanner (Cato): The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail. Stay afraid: Jacob G. Hornberger on how fear sustains the welfare state. Ed Morrissey on why Republicans should defend the welfare state. From National Affairs, Robert Rector and Jennifer A. Marshall on the unfinished work of welfare reform. From New Politics, whatever happened to welfare? Betty Reid Mandell wonders. When public is better: Robert Kuttner on how the problem is not too much government, but too passive a government.