Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Becoming Denmark: Historical Paths to Control of Corruption. Wang-Sheng Lee and Cahit Guven (Deakin): Engaging in Corruption: The Influence of Cultural Values and Contagion Effects at the Micro Level. Lindsey D. Carson (Toronto): Deciding to Act Corruptly. Shaun McGirr (Michigan): Deliberate Indiscretion: Why Bureaucratic Agencies are Differently Corrupt. Marko Klasnja, Andrew Little, and Joshua Tucker (NYU): Political Corruption Traps. Augusto Lopez Claros (World Bank): Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption. Bertrand Venard (Audencia): Institutions, Corruption and Sustainable Development. Roderic Broadhurst (ANU) and Peter Yang (RegNet): After the Bo Xilai Trial: Does Corruption Threaten China's Future? Oguzhan C. Dincer (Illinois State) and Per G. Fredriksson (Louisville): Does Trust Matter? Corruption and Environmental Regulatory Policy in the United States. A survey of 51,000 Africans in 34 countries found that nearly 1 in 3 had paid a bribe within the previous year to obtain a government document, get medical care or settle a problem with police. “Social pressure can help fight corruption”: Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Is Transparency International's measure of corruption still valid? Critics say the NGO's Corruption Perceptions Index conveys an “elite bias” and doesn't show evidence of actual corruption. Juan Cole on the top 10 ways the US is the most corrupt country in the world.

A new issue of the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out. Terry Bristol (ISEPP): Philosophy of Engineering and the Engineering Worldview. Here's how this is going to go down: Most of you will be outraged or disgusted by this ad — by its overt luddism and sexism and libertarian man-musk. Meet the O’Bamas: Ben Schreckinger on how the president’s Irish “cousin” is making shrewd use of the First Family. Here, there is no hand-wringing about the death of the book: Frances Wilson reviews A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland and How to Read a Novelist by John Freeman. Maryn McKenna on imagining the post-antibiotics future: After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent — so what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely? The science behind mythical dragons: Paleontologist and Tolkien aficionado Henry Gee explains fire-breathing villains like The Hobbit's Smaug. The more we hate it, the more it agrees with us: Adam Corner on how advertising turned anti-consumerism into a secret weapon. Controlling healthcare costs: James Surowiecki on Obamacare’s placebo effect. David Corn on why Obamacare means life and death for both political parties. Igor Volsky on the fake Obamacare site that is trying to trick Californians. Sarah Hedgecock on what's wrong with America's newspaper opinion columnists in one chart. Alex Pareene on Politico’s useless new “magazine”: Heavy on Politico, short on magazine.

Sutirtha Bagchi (Michigan) and Jan Svejnar (Columbia): Does Wealth Inequality Matter for Growth? The Effect of Billionaire Wealth, Income Distribution, and Poverty. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium in the Top 1 Percent. Dave Johnson on 5 signs the rich have way too much money. Bill Humphrey on the problem with billionaires: A different case for higher U.S. taxes on the ultra-rich. Scott McLemee reviews Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin. Carlos Lozada on the deal with rich people. Noreen Malone on what tech wealth has done to real estate in San Francisco. Is billionaire guilt a trend? Rick Ungar wants to know. Blame rich, overeducated elites as our society frays. Don Fitz goes inside the psyche of the 1%: Many actually believe their ideology of greed makes for a better world. Sorry, folks, rich people actually don't “create the jobs”. Plutocrats at work: Joanne Barkan on how Big Philanthropy undermines democracy. From New Left Project, Jason Hickel on the madness of capital. “Ryan loves the poor the way fundamentalist Christians love gays”: The Washington Post has an article on Paul Ryan's efforts to rebrand himself as an anti-poverty crusader that lands way up there on the unintentional comedy scale (and more). Michelle Goldberg on the GOP’s poverty denialism: According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy. Claude S. Fischer on why poverty breeds more poverty. Mark R. Eank on how poverty in America is mainstream.