The latest issue of IPSA’s Participation is out. Jurg Martin Gabriel (ETH-Zurich): Political Science Concept Formation (Part I): Definitions Matter; (Part II): David Easton's “Authoritative Value Allocation”; and (Part III): Different Approaches and Different Definitions. Simeon Mitropolitski (Montreal): How Much Eclectic and Opportunistic Is Modern Political Science? From Political Studies Review, a symposium on relevance and impact in political science. Robert Putnam on how political science research offers better democracy. Stephen Benedict Dyson on the political science of Battlestar Galactica. NSF cancels political-science grant cycle: US funding agency said to be dodging restrictions set by Congress. Brendan Nyhan on Craig Gilbert, the most political science-friendly reporter in America. John Sides on political science graduates as political reporters. An interview with John Sides and Lynn Vavreck on the challenges of real-time political science and the publication of The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election. The American Political Science Association is coming out with a new journal, the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Cambridge University Press is making the first issue of the European Political Science Association’s new journal Political Science Research and Methods available online ungated and for free.

Gary B. Gorton and Andrew Metrick (Yale): The Federal Reserve and Financial Regulation: The First Hundred Years. Sarah Kliff goes inside the Obamacare resistance: Some conservatives are banking on a campaign to undermine Obamacare — convince Americans to ignore it. Zack Beauchamp on the contradiction at the heart of the latest movement to save the GOP. Star philosopher Colin McGinn falls, and a debate over sexism is set off. From LRB, Ian Hacking reviews the new edition of DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. Emily J Hughes reviews Psychiatry as a Human Science: Phenomenological, Hermeneutical and Lacanian Perspectives by Antoine Mooij Rodopi. From Vanity Fair, David Kirkpatrick goes inside Sean Parker’s wedding. Branded to death: What if marketing-speak is not glib nonsense, but a poison at the heart of the university? From Social Policy, Wade Rathke on Saul Alinsky on hand-to-hand organizer training; and Wenonah Hauter on eating and acting your politics. Dalibor Rohac writes in defense of cynicism. The culture of the “as if”: Thorsten Botz-Bornstein reviews Wolfgang Kraushaar’s The Revolt of the Educated and Roland Gori’s The Impostor Factory. Marty Klein reviews Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Rightby Judith Lynne Hanna. J. Wisniewski on 5 ridiculous lies you believe about ancient civilizations.

John M. Armstrong (Southern Virginia): The Family's Role in Society. Cassandra Chaney (LSU) and Colita Nichols Fairfax (Norfolk State): The Obamas and the Culture of Black Parenting in America. Guyonne R.J. Kalb (Melbourne) and Jan C. Van Ours (Tilburg): Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life? Pamela Haag on how behavioral economics can solve alimony meltdowns and motherhood wars. Is forced fatherhood fair? If a man accidentally conceives a child with a woman, his choices are surprisingly few. Harold Pollack reviews Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City by Edin and Timothy J. Nelson. The silver-haired safety net: More and more children are being raised by grandparents. Stacia Brown on how in the “mommy wars” black single moms are invisible. Working moms in France: Claire Lundberg on how the government benefits are great, job prospects not so much. Asya Pereltsvaig on the best country to be a mother: Finland. Donna Peach reviews The Origins of Active Social Policy: Labour Market and Childcare Policies in a Comparative Perspective by Giuliano Bonoli. Emily Shire on the problem with Time's cover story on the child-free life — and what it says about our attitudes toward the childless. Childfree adults are not “selfish”: In choosing not to have children, we have not abdicated obligations to friends and family.