Mattia Fochesatoa (Siena) and Samuel Bowles (SFI): Nordic Exceptionalism? Social Democratic Egalitarianism in World-historic Perspective. Stefan Olafsson (Iceland): Well-Being in the Nordic Countries: An International Comparison. Nikolai Kingsley (Cambridge): Singing from Another Hymn Sheet: The Nordic States in the High North. Alyson J.K. Bailes (Iceland) and Beinta i Jakupsstovu (Molde): The Faroe Islands and the Arctic: Genesis of a Strategy. Marten Von Werder and Anna‐Elisabeth Thum (CEPS): Extending Working Life in Finland. Thorvaldur Gylfason (Iceland): Iceland: How Could this Happen? Eirikur Bergmann (Bifrost): Iceland: A Postimperial Sovereignty Project. A new report examines Nordic cooperation in multilateral diplomacy. Sweden is better than this: Katrine Kielos on how the fight about economic credibility is fundamentally about reinstating a belief in politics. Is Norway paradise for publishers? A country divided: James Fletcher on mining in Greenland. All the Rage in Denmark: Pedja Jurisic on Yahya Hassan and the Danish integration debate. Agnes Berecz on populism in Nordic countries: A critical assessment. The grim truth behind the “Scandinavian miracle”: Television in Denmark is rubbish, Finnish men like a drink and Sweden is not exactly a model of democracy — why, asks one expert, does everybody think the Nordic region is a utopia? Alwyn Turner reviews The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth about the Nordic Miracle by Michael Booth. The cosy jumpers, the vast brooding sky — what’s not to like about Scandinavian television? Caroline Crampton on Britain’s love for an imaginary Nordic paradise. Denmark's birth rate has become so low a travel company is offering couples a discount to have more sex. Finland's new stamps are drawings of gay bondage porn.

Cioara Ionel (Oradea): Love and Utopia. Annette Ruth Appell (WUSTL): Certifying Identity (“Certifying Identity centers the birth certificate and its role in the modern state, not merely as a reporter and portable record of having been born, but also as a powerful creator, regulator, and arbiter of identity and belonging, including sex, gender, race, age, production, reproduction, and kinship”.) Your brain is over the hill by age 24: If you're older than that, you have already squandered your potential, according to Science. What if Bundy Ranch were owned by a bunch of black people? Jamelle Bouie wonders. Felix Salmon the problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition. Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto” unmasked — again? Karl Polanyi explains it all: Want to understand our market-crazed era? Rediscover the 20th century’s most prophetic critic of capitalism. Amy Merrick on the commercial allure of the Eighties. Once an enemy of Bill, David Brock is now a friend of Hillary. Washington is suffering from a naive nostalgia for old-school political bosses: Mark Schmitt on how the retiring Congressional stars show how much Washington needs free agents. If Republicans win the Senate, what crisis will Mitch McConnell cook up next? How will posterity remember Donald Rumsfeld’s most famous soundbite? That's a known unknown. This is the era of the rule of thanaticism: the mode of production of non-life. Alexander Huls on 10 dystopias we might actually want to live in.

Martin Gilens (Princeton) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern): Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens (“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence”.) Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore): A Court for the One Percent: How the Supreme Court Contributes to Economic Inequality. From Democracy Journal, Vanessa Williamson reviews Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin; and Tom Perriello reviews White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making by Nicholas Carnes. Justin Fox on America’s long and productive history of class warfare. From Vox, Ezra Klein on how money isn’t the only way the rich dominate politics; and on the Doom Loop of Oligarchy: wealth buys power, which buys more wealth. David L. Ulin reviews The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi. Annie Lowrey on how the wealth gap in America is growing, too. Danny Vinik on how the economic recovery is staggeringly tilted towards the rich. How you, I, and everyone got the top 1 percent all wrong: Derek Thompson on unveiling the real story behind the richest of the rich. The rich strike back: Ben White and Maggie Haberman on how the effectiveness of the populist approach is coming into question. There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged. Want to cut the rich’s influence? Take away their money!