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Print issues include our selection of journal article summaries from the past six months. Summaries are organized in four broad categories: 1) History of Political and Social Thought; 2) Law and Political Philosophy; 3) Economics and Politics; and 4) History, Literature, and Society.

The winter issue also includes the last three Liberty Matters lead essays, and a list of over 100 books of note published in 2014.


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Against Democratic Education


Abstract: Critics of educational markets and parental choice argue that the social aspect of education is best reflected when citizens are able collectively to shape it provision though a process of public reasoning, and when instruction in the norms that sustain such reasoning are part of the curriculum. These requirements are thought to imply that the delivery, funding, and regulation of primary and secondary education should be subject to extensive democratic control. This essay takes issue with these claims. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inside the Psychiatric Word: Diagnosis and Self-Definition in the Late Soviet Period

SLAVIC REVIEW 73.3 (2014): 536-584

Abstract: The punitive psychiatric hospitalization of Soviet dissidents and nonconformists spurred the writing and circulation of memoirs of detention, transcripts of conversations with psychiatrists, copies of psychiatric files, handbooks on legal and medical aspects of psychiatric examination, works of fiction, poems, and other related documents. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: History, Society

A Regime of Untranslatables: Temporalities of Translation and Conceptual History

HISTORY AND THEORY 53.4 (2014): 473-497

Abstract: This essay focuses on untranslatability to discuss the diachronic temporality of the history of concepts. Defining untranslatables as the paradoxical origin and product of translating, it explores their role in mediating the long-term history of concepts by disrupting the historical boundaries of a period and challenging the contexts through which past meaning is confined to the moyenne durée. Read the rest of this entry »

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American Banking and the Transportation Revolution before the Civil War


Abstract: Studies have shown a connection between finance and growth, but most do not consider how financial and real factors interact to put a virtuous cycle of economic development into motion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country

JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 101.3 (2014): 726-750

Bacon’s Rebellion, which convulsed Virginia in the years 1676—1677, is a staple of scholarship on early America. Historians, who have long presented it as a critical moment in the creation of American democracy, slavery, and freedom, normally treat the rebellion as an expression of Anglo-Virginia’s social and political dynamics. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Impression of Influence: Legislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability. Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood, Solomon Messing. Princeton University Press. 2014

Constituents often fail to hold their representatives accountable for federal spending decisions–even though those very choices have a pervasive influence on American life. Why does this happen? Breaking new ground in the study of representation, The Impression of Influence demonstrates how legislators skillfully inform constituents with strategic communication and how this facilitates or undermines accountability.

Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering Their People. James L. Buckley. Encounter Books. 2014

Saving Congress from Itself proposes a single reform: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid to state and local governments. This action would reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year and have a profound effect on how we govern ourselves.

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Alex Epstein. Portfolio Hardcover. 2014

For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be?

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Is Entrepreneurship a Channel of Social Mobility in Latin America?

FRANCESCA CASTELLANI, EDUARDO LORA LATIN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS 51.2 (2014): 179-194 This paper summarizes the findings in this special issue of the Latin American Journal of Economics on entrepreneurship’s role in upward social mobility in Latin America, especially for the middle class, often considered the cradle of entrepreneurship.

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