Corey Rayburn Yung (John Marshall): Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partisanship and Independence in the Federal Courts. The introduction to Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don't Kill the U.S. Constitutional System by David R. Mayhew. Congress was more polarized last year than in any other year since National Journal began compiling its vote ratings — overlap between the parties is disappearing. My Glenn Beck Story: Frances Fox Piven on crazy talk and American politics. David Roberts on how a lie enters the political bloodstream. Despite ideological differences, the various factions that make up the political right in America only know one way forward: back. America the Conservative: Steve Chapman on how to understand US politics. Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais on why most Americans are both liberal and conservative. America not as politically conservative as you think: Voters self-identify as conservatives for several reasons, only one of which is that it reflects their politics. A review of Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture by Peter Swirski. Discomfort in an Age of Demagoguery: We are hungry to be a part of a community where the dire challenges we face and the resilience of the American union are both acknowledged. What's civility worth? It's not that the political conversation is poisoned with violent rhetoric — it's that it's not a conversation at all.


From Contemporary Issues and Ideas in Social Sciences, a special issue on India. Huma Baqai (IBA): Secularism: An Option for Pakistan. Can Pakistan become a theocratic state? Khalid Bhatti on religion, politics and the working class. The introduction to Dead Ringers: How Outsourcing is Changing the Way Indians Understand Themselves by Shehzad Nadeem. The man who drew the fatal Durand Line: The British official who fixed the frontier that now divides Afghanistan and Pakistan unwittingly unleashed a century of war. Sweet smell of success: How Arindam Chaudhuri made a fortune off the aspirations and insecurities of India’s middle classes. Money for nothing, and misery for free: Afer a promising start, the microfinance story became one of desperate need on one side and greed and politics on the other. Alarmed by a report on the decline of Punjab, one man walked 45 days, over 1,200 kilometres across 21 districts, to learn the truth. Uneven exposure to trade across the various regions of South Asia has stifled the poverty-alleviating impact of trade liberalisation. The princely state of India: Analyse Parliament, and a disturbing fact emerges — India is going back to monarchy. Letter from Sri Lanka: Michael Hardy is living dangerously. India is fencing off its border with Bangladesh — what will that mean for millions of potential climate refugees? A review of TinderBox: The Past and Future of Pakistan by M.J. Akbar (and more). WikiLeaks disclosures on torture in Kashmir have fuelled fresh demands for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act — Baba Umar reports on the plight of victims.


A new issue of Ryerson Review of Journalism is out. From the International Journal of Business and Social Science, Amy Rummel and Frances A. Viggiani (Alfred): Generational Warfare: The New Workplace. The first chapter from Augustine's Confessions: A Biography by Garry Wills. The bond market shows why John Boehner saying "we’re broke" is wrong. March Madness always the same: Why is it that the same teams seem to dominate the annual men's collegiate basketball tournament? The new humanism: Researchers are coming up with a more accurate view of who we are and are beginning to show how the emotional and the rational are intertwined. KKKat Fight: White power fashionista John Galliano Vs. white power fashionista Gavin McInnes. Faber has just published an important new edition of Ezra Pound’s poems; how did this man of repulsively fascist politics produce the kind of lyrical writing that transformed literature in the 20th century? Why the "price of sex" is at an all-time low: Mark Regenerus on hooking up, marrying down, and the effect of women’s success on our sex lives. A look at how armies of expensive lawyers are being replaced by cheaper software. An interview with Cherif Bassiouni, author of The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible? It's Congress, not the president, that is a threat to democracy: Matthew Yglesias reviews Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills and The Decline and Fall of the American Republic by Bruce Ackerman. Gay sex is happening: Will a post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell world be like the line to audition for American Idol? A license to shampoo: Jobs needing state approval rise. Aggregated Robbery: Is The Huffington Post ruining journalism?


A new issue of New School Economic Review is out. Martin Strieborny (Michigan): Inequality and Growth: The Role of Beliefs and Culture. Rimawan Pradiptyo, Banoon Sasmitasiwi, and Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo (Gadjah Mada): Evidence of Homo Economicus? Findings from Experiment on Evolutionary Prisoners' Dilemma Game. What’s wrong, in the end, with Homo economicus? Pascal Boyer wants to know. The first chapter from Economics Evolving: A History of Economic Thought by Agnar Sandmo. The canon of economics: The best journal in the discipline picks its best papers. From Econ Journal Watch, David Gordon on the ideological profile of Harvard University Press. An economic life: From the classroom to the White House dining room, professor Alan Blinder has unusual clout. Time has a list of the 25 best financial blogs. From Radical Philosophy, William I. Robinson on the global capital leviathan. Alternatives to austerity: Robin Blackburn on the need for a public utility finance system. The introduction to Running the World's Markets: The Governance of Financial Infrastructure by Ruben Lee. A review of Banking on the Future: The Fall and Rise of Central Banking by Howard Davies and David Green. A review of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance by David McNally. A review of Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy by Daniel Altman (and more).


Igor Mandel (Telmar): Introduction to Sociosystemics: Science About the Utilizing of Social Sciences. Mathew D. McCubbins (USC) and Mark Turner (CWRU): Going Cognitive: Tools for Rebuilding the Social Sciences. From the inaugural issue of Qualitative Studies, Emily Abbey (Ramapo) and Tania Zittoun (Neuchatel): The Social Dynamics of Social Science Research: Between Poetry and the Conveyer Belt; and Niels Norgaard Kristensen (Aalborg): Perceptions of Power and Democracy: Analytical and Methodological Dilemmas of the Construction of Images. House Republicans invite scrutiny of federal funding for social and behavioral sciences — is anyone biting? Here is a series of "Grand Challenge" white papers for future research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences requested by the National Science Foundation. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has argued that there is a hostile climate for non-liberals among his colleagues (and two responses, and more and more). The social sciences deal with humanity’s most pressing problems, but there are barriers between practitioners and the public — we must restructure these disciplines from the ground up. From Public Sphere Forum, Herbert Gans on a public social science. Few debates in the social sciences are ostensibly more boring and pointless than those involving the definitions of words — but the definition of probability matters. The end is not nigh: Those in the humanities and social sciences must be less paranoid and more precise in identifying threats.


Sigrid Fry-Revere, Thomas Andrew Reher and Matthew Ray (CES): Death: A New Legal Perspective. Inequality and political power: An interview with Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of Winner-Take-All Politics — and a look at how the Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits but about labor's influence. From InsideCatholic.com, an article on Martin Sheen and other dinosaurs of Catholic liberalism. Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America — are we screwed? A simple map to the land of wholesome: The government has offered new recommendations that clearly favor the health and well-being of consumers over hard-lobbying farm interests. If you want to understand the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, you have to start where he started. A review of Outrageous Invasions: Celebrities' Private Lives, Media, and the Law by Robin D. Barnes. From Platypus, which way forward for sexual liberation? From Logos, Lawrence Davidson on Islamophobia as a form of paranoid politics. Pascal Bruckner on how Islamophobia was invented to silence those Muslims who question the Koran and who demand equality of the sexes (and a response). The Lords of Rikers: The juvenile unit of the New York City jail is a survival-of-the-fittest finishing school for the roughest kids in New York — and an upcoming case alleges the guards run the show. A romp through time: Key moments in our sexual development. A review of Up from the Projects: An Autobiography by Walter Williams. A review of Living with Complexity by Donald Norman. A review of The Return of the Public by Dan Hind. Leonardo da Vinci wanted to "seem alive" after his death and 500 years on he is more renowned than ever, but is this kind of "immortal glory" still possible?


Are the mass protests toppling regimes across the Middle East closer in spirit to 1979 Iran or 1989 Eastern Europe? Paul Berman, Elliott Abrams, Bruce Riedel, Andrew Tabler, and Brian Katulis consider the region’s future. 1789, 2011: The question has come to haunt every article and broadcast from Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the region whose people have revolted — what constitutes a revolution? (and more and more). Revolution without guarantee: We welcome the Arab revolution and will continue to watch with our eyes open to the potential dangers. Toward Arab Social Democracy: As dictatorships teeter and some crumble, the question now is how new leaders will refashion the socioeconomic contract between ruler and ruled. Even as uprisings spread day by day across the region, the view from Beirut is a mixed one. Redefining Arab moderation: An interview with Marwan Muasher. From Geocurrents, an article on Libya’s tribal divisions and the nation-state. Reading Qaddafi: What to make of The Green Book? Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, author of Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective, on revolution and enlightenment in the Arab world. Ronald Bailey on the political economy of the end of tyranny: Will the recent uprisings succeed? How to Lose a Country Gracefully: Today’s imperiled dictators could learn quite a bit from Mikhail Gorbachev and F.W. de Klerk. What does the Clash of Civilizations thesis teach us about the changes sweeping the Arab world? The Arab Spring: Suddenly, people all over the Arab world are feeling a sense of pride — and the West is paying attention.


Rostam J. Neuwirth (Macau): A Constitutional Tribute to Global Governance: Overcoming the Chimera of the Developing-Developed Country Dichotomy. How does today’s globalization transform our perceptions of urban inequality and how do we respond to it? Inequality is a powerful social divider but also, in some circumstances, a unifier. Michael Spence and Sandile Hlatshwayo on the evolving structure of global growth. Running the world, after the crash: Has the era of global cooperation ended before it began? Douglas W. Arner (Hong Kong) and Ross P. Buckley (UNSW): Redesigning the Architecture of the Global Financial System. Tor Krever (Cambridge): The Legal Turn in Late Development Theory: The Rule of Law and the World Bank’s Development Model. An excerpt from Reforming the International Financial System for Development. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Sustainable Development, State Sovereignty and International Justice. The poor are getting richer: It really is getting better — even for the bottom billion. What about people whose concern is their next meal, not Internet connectivity? Hungry for votes: How much do rich governments really worry about feeding the world? From The Economist, a special report on feeding the world: The 9 billion-people question. Is the world producing enough food? Food prices are zooming again for reasons besides bad weather, climate change and global growth. Is famine the new norm? Jim Harkness wants to know. Sit down at the ballgame: How trade barriers make the world less food secure.


Julian Davis Mortenson (Michigan): Executive Power and the Discipline of History. Sarah Tran (SMU): Expediting Innovation: The Quest for a New Sputnik Moment. Intersex adventure: An interview with Phoebe Hart. Harvard University will re-establish ROTC presence on campus. It’s time to face the fiscal illusion: Americans need to stop fooling themselves about the government’s huge debt burdens. LSE director Howard Davies resigns after fresh allegations over links to Libyan regime as PR firm admits errors over lobbying. From Libya with love: A look at how US consulting firm Monitor Group used American academics to rehab Muammar Qaddafi’s image (and more by Todd Gitlin). A review of Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger Fleming. Sociological grounds for teleology: Timothy Stacey on terror and liberalism. Dangerous ideas: Dorion Sagan on memes and the New Orwellianism. The force with no name: It’s not a website and it’s not an organization, even though it may have 10,000 members — but it may be changing the world. Not so Candid Camera: Why conservatives are having mixed luck getting video of angry, violent liberals.The Battle for Wisconsin: What is at stake may be the very survival of American unionism itself. Inside Labor's Epic Battle in Wisconsin: How big labor and progressive groups pulled off the biggest protests in 40 years. A French court finds in favor of editor accused of libel over book review. What makes luxury condoms so luxurious? Follow my leader: A group’s “intelligence” depends in part on its members’ ignorance. When did ignorance become a point of view? Edwin S. Fruehwald on postmodern legal thought and behavioral biology. An interview with Grzegorz W. Kolodko, author of Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World.


Colin McGinn reviews The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V.S. Ramachandran. Emily Anthes goes inside the bullied brain: The alarming neuroscience of taunting. You are still growing up at 40 and throwing tantrums because brain is learning to be adult. The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up. An interview with Richard Watson, author of Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing our Minds, Why this Matters, and What We Can Do about It. A review of The Character of Consciousness by David J. Chalmers. Embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity. Believe it or not, says psychologist Stephanie Ortigue, lust makes heavy intellectual demands involving complex thought. As neuroscientists discover the mechanisms of intelligence, they are identifying what really works. Where did the time go? Do not ask the brain. The study of brain abnormalities, whether they are caused by inheritance, illness or accident, is helping to explain neuroscientific phenomena. Our intuitions about consciousness in other beings and objects reveal a lot about how we think. A review of Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness by Radu J. Bogdan. A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost. An interview with Michael Cole on the study of culture and mind. A review of Brain, Mind and Behaviour: A New Perspective on Human Nature by David L. Robinson. A review of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (and more and more) and Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasi (and more). The brain engineer: An interview with Ed Boyden on shining a light on consciousness.

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