Daniel Treisman (UCLA): Democratization Over Time. Jorgen Moller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus): The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers. Thiago Marzagao (OSU): Ideological Bias in Democracy Measures. Denis Burakov (Denver): Revisiting Democratization Theory. Alfred Moore (Cambridge): Between Competence and Consent: Democratic Theory and Expertise. Luis Camacho (GDI): Understanding Regime Support in New and Old Democracies: The Role of Performance and Democratic Experience. Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (Corvinus): Are Democratizing Countries “Rewarded” with Higher Levels of Foreign Aid? Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus) and Martin Rode (Navarra): Democratic Transitions and Institutional Change: What's Behind the Association? Mike Albertus (Chicago) and Victor Menaldo (Washington): Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance during Transition and the Prospects for Redistribution. Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), and James Robinson (Harvard): Democracy Does Cause Growth (and more). Yannick Pengl (ETH): Strong Theories, Weak Evidence: The Effect of Economic Inequality on Democratization. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood became more illiberal after its first brush with power — sparking an authoritarian reaction that makes a democratic future seem further away. Thanassis Cambanis on one lesson of the Arab Spring — we’re putting billions of dollars into efforts that may not help. Warlord politics aren’t always bad for democracy: As Charles Tilly reminded us years ago, the crafting of democracy is a messy process than can involve unsavory characters — but that doesn't mean it isn't working. At the “end of history” still stands democracy: Francis Fukuyama on how twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall's fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors. You can download The Democratic Challenge: Democratization and De-Democratization in Global Perspective by Jorge Nef and Bernd Reiter (2008).

James Luchte (Wales): The Tragic Community: Friedrich Nietzsche and Mao Tse Tung. From e-conservation Journal, Dimitrios Doumas on the culture of exhibitions and conservation. From Krisis, what does it mean that gender and race are socially constructed? A symposium on Sally Haslanger’s Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique. What a saga: G.W. Bowersock reviews The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC–1492 AD by Simon Schama. Peter Beinart on Bowe Bergdahl and the resurgence of conservative Islamophobia. Richard Kreitner on Bowe Bergdahl and the honorable history of war deserters. From TLS, a review essay on Descartes's other side by Catherine Wilson. When a work of art is considered great, we may stop thinking about it for ourselves: Ian Leslie on why the Mona Lisa stands out. Jesse Singal on how the reaction to LeBron’s cramps shows we still have some dangerously stupid views on masculinity. Martin Sixsmith on why 800 dead babies are probably just the beginning. Greta Christina on imposter syndrome, and what it means to be an adult. Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken viewers on a remarkable journey — there's just one big thing he gets wrong. Matt Maranian finds that there’s a lot to learn about the history of pin-up magazines, more than you’d ever imagine, and this set leaves no stone unturned and no skirt unlifted. Cass Sunstein on why officials don't tell the media everything. Rachel Maddow, Isocrates, and the power of speech: Thomas Larson on the changing nature of authorship in the age of mass media as illustrated by the MSNBC host.

Corinna Lain (Richmond): God, Civic Virtue, and the American Way: Reconstructing Engel. Eric Segall (Georgia State): Silence is Golden: Moments of Silence, Legislative Prayers, and the Establishment Clause. Philip Hamburger (Columbia): Equality and Exclusion: Religious Liberty and Political Process. Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Religion as a Legal Proxy. John M. A. DiPippa (Arkansas): God and Guns: The Free Exercise of Religion Problems of Regulating Guns in Churches and Other Houses of Worship. From Philosophy and Public Issues, a symposium on Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State by Robert Audi. Town of Greece v. Galloway is the case that proponents of the separation of church and state have feared every since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor left the Supreme Court in 2006 (and more and more). Conservative Christians just won a huge case — why won't they celebrate? Josh Israel on the Alliance Defending Freedom, the 800-pound gorilla of the Christian Right. Randall Balmer on the real origins of the Religious Right: They’ll tell you it was abortion, but sorry, the historical record’s clear — it was segregation. Emma Green on how racism lives on under the cover of religious freedom. The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become "the most important civil rights issue of this time", so says Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Is it immoral for a Christian to publish this book? Marc Tracy on the publication God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines. If a student says homosexuality is a sin in school, is it bullying? Emma Green wonders.