David Stasavage, John G. Matsusaka: The Decline and Rise of Democracy. A Global History from Antiquity to Today, Let the People Rule. How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge Democracy: The Greeks do not have the patent on the idea of «democracy». And are referendums a necessity to get democracy back on track?
John Ikenberry: Power, Order and Change – in World Politics USA: We've talking to John Ikenberry about 'after victory moments'. Is there any real incentive for the powerful state to spend money to rebuild and foster better order? The liberal international vision is not globalism, it is intergovernmentalism.
Edgar Cabanas, Eva Illouz: Manufacturing Happy Citizens – How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control our Lives HAPPINESS: Joy has recently become a large and lucrative business in most of the western world. New book takes a wise assessment of modern society's pursuit of happiness, and concludes that happiness in many cases is illusory.
Martha C. Nussbaum: The Cosmopolitan Tradition. A Noble but Flawed Ideal HOLBERG PRICE: Material inequality is part of the order of the day in the 21st century. Nussbaum takes care of one of our most pressing challenges to make the world a better place.
Kim Ghattas: Black Wave. Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East ISLAMISM: The traditional explanation for the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims is too superficial. A new, well-written analysis interprets the Middle East's major changes as a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Walter Armbrust: Martyrs & Tricksters. An Ethnography of the Egyptian Revolution EGYPT 10 YEARS AFTER: Walter Armbrust has written about the time after the first eighteen days of the revolution: If one considers the revolution on Tahrir Square in Cairo as a rite of passage, there are several good reasons why it went wrong.
Jeffrey Israel: Living with Hate in American Politics and Religion USA: American religious scientist puts his finger on the convulsive attempts of the liberalist society to cover up the injustices of the past.
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