Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm): Deciding the Demos: Three Conceptions of Democratic Legitimacy. Shawn Rosenberg (UC-Irvine): Unfit for Democracy? Irrational, Rationalizing, and Biologically Predisposed Citizens. Phil Parvin (Loughborough): Democracy Without Participation: A New Politics for a Disengaged Era. Phil Parvin (Loughborough) and Ben Saunders (Southampton): The Ethics of Political Participation: Engagement and Democracy in the 21st Century. Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews Against Democracy by Jason Brennan. Some people openly advocate elite rule — they are both evil and foolish. Samantha Rose Hill on how loneliness is as much a threat to liberal democracy as any other political force we can imagine.

Josiah Ober and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Fortifications and Democracy in the Ancient Greek World. Andy Fitch interviews Josiah Ober, author of Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice (and more). Defending democracy from oligarchs: Ganesh Sitaraman reviews Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters. The introduction to We Decide! Theories and Cases in Participatory Democracy by Michael Menser. Democracy and the unreasonable: Francisco Mejia Uribe asks if democracy can overcome fundamentalism. Joel Alden Schlosser reviews The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change by Christopher Meckstroth.

David Altman, Federico Rojas-de-Galarreta, and Francisco Urdinez (UC): An Interactive Model of the Democratic Peace: Revisiting the Theory with Elastic Measures. Joseph Raz (Oxford): The Democratic Deficit. Jack Corbett (Southampton): Democratic Innovations and the Challenges of Parliamentary Oversight in a Small State: Is Small Really Beautiful? Clark Glymour (Carnegie Mellon): Creative Abduction, Factor Analysis, and the Causes of Liberal Democracy. Property-owning democracy as an alternative to capitalism: Paul Raekstad reviews Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy by Alan Thomas.

From Les Ateliers de L’Ethique, Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt): New Trouble For Deliberative Democracy; and Andreas Christiansen and Bjorn Gunnar Hallsson (Copenhagen): Democratic Decision Making and the Psychology of Risk. Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po) and Alexandru Volacu (SNSPA): Should Voting Be Compulsory? Democracy and the Ethics of Voting. Is democracy good for peace? James Livesey reviews Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg.

Democracy is like fun: You can’t set your mind to having it. Remembering Al Stepan: A big loss for research on democracy.


Peter Cserne (Hull) and Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay (Goldsmiths): Merit Goods. Martha T. McCluskey (Buffalo): Defining the Economic Pie, Not Dividing or Maximizing It. Adam Gaffney reviews The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life by Eli Cook. Vince Carducci reviews The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt, and the Myth of Endless Accumulation by Peter Fleming. Daniel Hirschman reviews The Power of Economists Within the State by Johan Christensen. Branko Milanovic on what early-20th-century scholars got right about 21st-century politics: Unlike many economists today, they questioned fundamental social structure. The teaching of economics gets an overdue overhaul (and more). Dani Rodrik on rescuing economics from neoliberalism. The introduction to Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole.


Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Bitcoin: Rube Goldberg Machine, Gigantic Distraction, Entertainment, Ripoff or Money? North Korea wants to talk to the US; that’s a big deal — but don’t get too excited just yet. Cory Doctorow on persuasion, adaptation, and the arms race for your attention. Michael J. Ryan on his book A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction. Outraged by the attacks on Yazidis? It is time to help. Mona Charen: “There is nothing more freeing than telling the truth. And it must be done, again and again, by those of us who refuse to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism”. Are Mona Charen and Michael Steele “woke” now? No. Ninety percent of Rohingya population ejected from Rakhine.

From Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes on takeaways from the House Intelligence Democrats’ memo. The Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo tears it apart. The Nunes memo is fake and the Russia scandal is very real. A look at how Skadden, the giant law firm, got entangled in the Mueller investigation. Paul Manafort’s fate is sealed: For the past decade, Rick Gates was fiercely loyal to his risk-taking boss — not anymore. Attorneys general expand lawsuit against Trump, going after him as a private citizen.


Sharon Stein (Idaho State) and Vanessa Andreotti (UBC): What Does Theory Matter? Conceptualizing Race Critical Research. Kiran Banerjee (Saskatchewan) and Abraham Singer (Loyola): Race and the Meso-Level Sources of Domination. Vikash Singh (Montclair State): Race, the Condition of Neo-Liberalism. Ingar Haaland (NHH) and Christopher Roth (Oxford): Beliefs about Racial Discrimination: Representative Evidence. Rachel D. Godsil (Rutgers) and L. Song Richardson (UC-Irvine): Racial Anxiety. Osamudia R. James (Miami): Valuing Identity. Colleen Flaherty interviews Tommy J. Curry, author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood.


The American gun glut is a problem for the entire world. The hunter and his gun: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on an American myth that just won’t die. We all know what guns are really for. Whether you think “guns kill people” or “people kill people” depends on how you view the world, but everybody should at least be seriously committed to figuring out what kills people and trying to stop it. The never again movement gains momentum: The Parkland students have managed to force their agenda. “Gun control” has outlived its usefulness. Any new gun control would need to address norms, as well as laws. America’s gun sickness goes way beyond guns: The ongoing debate about gun control points to a deeper rot that pervades this country’s culture and political economy.

The Trump campaign is trying to raise money off the Parkland shooting — here’s what it sent supporters. NRA hits back at Trump over gun law plans: “We don't back any ban”. Why is the NRA so powerful? It’s not just because it has boatloads of money. The true source of the N.R.A.’s clout: Mobilization, not donations. A look at the growing corporate backlash against the NRA.

Combat veterans push for gun reform: “This isn’t right”. Anthony Swofford: “I was a Marine. I don’t want a gun in my classroom”. This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students. The safest place to teach in America is a prison.

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