Agnar Sandmo (NHH): The Principal Problem in Political Economy: Income Distribution in the History of Economic Thought. Onur Ulas Ince (Koc): Imperial Origins of the “National Economy”. Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State): The Intergenerational Welfare State. Christopher Krogslund (UC-Berkeley): Debt and Taxes: Re-examining the Causes of Welfare State Retrenchment. Balazs Egert (OECD): The 90% Public Debt Threshold: The Rise and Fall of a Stylised Fact. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development, and the Restructuring of the State. Volkmar Gessner (Bremen): Weberian Versus Pluralistic Legal Forces in the Global Political Economy. Edward S. Cohen (Westminster): Legal Pluralism, Private Power, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Global Political Economy. Hossein Nabilou (EUR): Global Governance of Financial Institutions and Regulatory Arbitrage: The Case of Hedge Funds. We can’t go on like this: Serge Halimi on five years after the great crash. From The Economist, a special section on the world economy, including Grep Ip on the gated globe: The forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, giving way to a more conditional, interventionist and nationalist model. Never mind the generals, here come the technocrats: Voters across the world increasingly prefer technocrats to run affairs — why are they so popular?

Orna Ben-Naftali and Zvi H. Triger (COLMAS): The Human Conditioning: International Law and Science-Fiction. From The Appendix, a special issue on the history of sound. Evan R. Goldstein on the would-be philosopher-king: Michael Ignatieff left Harvard and reinvented himself as a politician — a surreal rise and dizzying fall ensued. From TPM, a special report by Dylan Scott on how insurers are hiding Obamacare benefits from customers. Could Obamacare be abolished by a peaceful, well organized protest movement? Obamacare “victim” now says loss of previous health plan may be “a blessing in disguise”: Dianne Barrette was the media's go-to example of an Obamacare victim — until she found out all of her options. Francis Fukuyama on why we need a new Pendleton Act: The botched rollout of shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector. Experts see nuclear power as aid for global warming. How often you say “I” says more than you realize. When Obama lost the first debate so badly to Mitt Romney, his team was worried but not panicked; the real fear kicked in a little later — “if we don’t fix this,” said adviser David Plouffe, “we could lose the whole election.” You may think you know how gross Kirk Cameron is, but unless you saw his latest “movie”, Unstoppable, you have no idea. Jesus runs New York Marathon with cross-strapped to back. Floating island of Japan's tsunami debris headed for U.S.

From The New York Observer, as we approach the end of the Bloomberg mayoralty, it is stunning to realize the scope of his impact on the city. From The New Yorker, John Cassidy on Bill de Blasio’s liberalism. The 99% Mayor: Bill de Blasio’s promise may also be his problem. From Brooklyn Magazine, Kristin Iversen on the economics of being a Brooklyn writer: or writing has become a privileged profession; on ten Brooklyn writers and how they write; on 10 of the best places to write in Brooklyn; and on 10 books to read in 10 Brooklyn bars; here is a real life tour of 10 fictional Brooklyn places and a look at the 10 most classic Brooklyn novels; and Virginia K. Smith on 30 essential literary Twitter feeds and on how to eat (and drink) your way through Literary Brooklyn. New York’s foremost java expert Oliver Strand explains how we got to $5 single-brews and $75-a-pound beans, and just where the heck we’re going next. Jim Russell on hipster demography and gentrification: Stop blaming young people for rent hikes in Brooklyn. From, from an unassuming Midtown Manhattan office, seventy-eight-year-old conservative thinker John Leo challenges the left wing's dominant grip on American universities; and Alex Wilkinson on the conservative next door: Unabashedly proud Reaganite Rosanne Klass retires to the Upper West Side, and revels in scaring the neighbors with her contrarian political views. Sune Engel Rasmussen on the rise and fall of New York imam Shamsi Ali.