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January 09, 2013 10:38 AM Great Reporters, Great Books

Very sad about the loss of Richard Ben Cramer. Since I may have an Oy Bai post in the works for later, I figured that I should write something nice about political journalists, first. I wrote in more detail about...

By Jonathan Bernstein

January 04, 2013 11:14 AM Governing the World: A Review

The past decade has treated us to some excellent histories of international organizations. Paul Kennedy’s history of the United Nations, Harold James’ history of international monetary cooperation, and Erez Manela’s work on the League of Nations and the World Health...

By Erik Voeten

November 16, 2012 10:14 AM The King and Us

The United States has long relied on monarchs and strong militaries to prop up political systems in the developing world. That strategy isn't working too well any more.

By Joshua Kurlantzick

June 18, 2012 2:00 PM American Elites: Distant From Some Problems, But Not Others

I am reading Christopher Hayes’ Twilight of the Elites—well worth the $26 I paid for it. Hayes’ book strikes several chords with me. One simple point concerns the pernicious consequences of elites’ great and growing social distance from ordinary people...

By Harold Pollack

June 11, 2012 10:00 AM Chris Hayes Echoes James Flynn: Meritocracy Won’t Happen: The Problem’s with the “Ocracy”

Chris Hayes rediscovers a point made several years ago by James Flynn.Hayes: The Iron Law of Meritocracy states that eventually the inequality produced by a meritocratic system will grow large enough to subvert the mechanisms of mobility. Flynn: The case...

By Andrew Gelman