Andreas Rasche (CBS), Sandra Waddock (BC), and Malcolm McIntosh (Griffith): The United Nations Global Compact: Retrospect and Prospect. Daphne Barak-Erez (Tel Aviv): Whose Administrative Law is it Anyway? How Global Norms Reshape the Administrative State. Andrea C. Bianculli (FUB), Xavier Fernandez-i-Marin (ESADEgeo), and Jacint Jordana (Pompeu Fabra): The World of Regulatory Agencies: Institutional Varieties and Administrative Traditions. Marjan Ajevski (NCHR): International Criminal Law and Constitutionalisation: On Hegemony Narratives in Progress. Arthur Boutellis (IPI): Driving the System Apart? A Study of United Nations Integration and Integrated Strategic Planning. Gina Heathcote on gender politics and the United Nations Security Council. Maximilian M. Meduna on how organized crime and UN peace operations came to converge in fragile states. Charanya Krishnaswami on the United Nations’ shameful history in Haiti. Monique Chemillier-Gendreau on how many countries have signed international conventions guaranteeing democracy and human rights, but there is — as yet — no authority to ensure those commitments are honoured and no sanctions for those who dishonour them. The U.S. ignores the U.N. Charter because it’s broken: Eric Posner on why Obama should explain what should replace it. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, says global warming is a plot by liberals to “create global government to control our lives”.


Tanisha M. Fazal (Columbia): Why States No Longer Declare War. From Edge, Daniel C. Dennett on Leon Wieseltier on Steven Pinker: Pomposity can be amusing, but pomposity sitting like an oversized hat on top of fear is hilarious. Daniel Luzer on the lives of dictators’ wives: The fancy clothes and charitable works aren’t incidental — the dictator’s spouse is an important part of maintaining power. Tom Slee on Six Degrees of Omidyar: As I find out more about how venture capital can erode sharing and public commons, one name appears time and time again. Erik Voeten on academics, policy makers, blogs, and the trouble with op-eds. Tenured professors make worse teachers: A study finds undergrads fare better when taught by non-tenture-track faculty. Sports Illustrated is basically doing free investigative work for the NCAA and essentially reinforcing the power of the real abusers — the NCAA cartel that colludes to prevent players who generate millions of dollars for their schools from being paid for their services. Meet the encryption aficionados who know how to hide from the NSA's watching eye. Why does a fancy purse say “stay away from my man”? Charles Lister on sorting the good guys from the bad among Syria's rebels. Is Syria setting itself up for international prosecution? Colin Dickey reviews The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment by Peter H. Hansen. Maxed out on Everest: Mark Jenkins on how to fix the mess at the top of the world.


Facundo Alvaredo and Anthony B. Atkinson (Oxford), Thomas Piketty (PSE), and Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley): The Top 1 Percent in International and Historical Perspective (and more). From Distilled, David Cichon on how we learned to stop worrying and love capitalism; and Daniel Baker on how Wall Street probabilities aren’t just flipping coins; on technocracy after Reinhart Rogoff: This was not just a spreadsheet error; on why Big Data will not solve macroeconomics; and on refuting Greg Mankiw: Why his critique of the Great Gatsby Curve fails under scrutiny. Kitty Stewart reviews The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu. Mariana Mazzucato on the myth of the “meddling” state: The truth is that from Silicon Valley to Singapore, innovation relies heavily on state funding — it’s time for the private sector to give something back (and more and an excerpt from The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths). How do people work together at all? Tim Harford on a story of two researchers, Garrett Hardin and Lin Ostrom, who attacked the question in very different ways — and with very different results. The Coase Theorem is widely cited in economics — Ronald Coase hated it. John Cassidy on Ronald Coase and the misuse of economics. Leo Charbonneau on how Marina Adshade has attracted international attention by turning the dismal science into something sexy. What is economics good for? Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain wonder (and a response).

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