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Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
If It's Broke...
Our Peculiar Reform Challenge

An introduction to the oddities and limits of institutional political reform in the United States.

If It's Broke...
Fuss Budgeting

The U.S. budget process lies at the core of U.S. political dysfunction because it provides too many points of entry for the logic of collective action. It cannot be changed fundamentally, but it can be reformed at the margins.

Offshore Balancing in the Middle East
Dealing with ISIS

The starting point for a sensible policy rests on the realization that the U.S. and other democratic countries have no reason to favor one religious sect over another in the Sunni-Shiite war.

Waltzing with (Leo) Strauss

A new book arguing for the ubiquity of esoteric writing in pre-modern times redeems Leo Strauss from his many detractors.

Democracy More or Less
The Limits of Transparency

The idea that more transparency in government is always an unalloyed good is a dangerous populist illusion.

Immigration Unilateralism
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A Bad Call

President Obama is frustrated by gridlock and partisanship, and is seeking to use executive authority to rescue something of a legacy from his second term. His unilateralism will in no way make things better, however—quite the opposite.

Welcome to the New Site

As the new site launches, a few words from the business side of the magazine.

Political Development
Tim Bower
Good Government, Bad Government

Fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government.

The State
Political Order and Political Decay

Volume two of the project I started writing in 2011, titled Political Order in Changing Societies, hits bookstores later this month. It is an attempt to map out how modern states have evolved out of patrimonial ones, and tries to show how simplistic understandings of how development works can lead to disastrous policy.

The Ties That Used to Bind
The Decay of American Political Institutions

We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history.

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To You and Yours

Some reading and listening material for the holiday.


For many Americans, it may not feel like things are going very well lately, but in some critical ways, life in America is better than ever.

Abenomics Lives

Japan needs more than the short-term stimulus Abe is reportedly proposing. Its future prospects are better than many realize.

after paris

If you’re looking for culprits, don’t forget the centrists.

campus unrest

Anxious Ivy League presidents are trying to appease campus radicals with huge payouts to left-wing campus identity programs.

Volatile Volts

Thanks to wind and solar, Germany’s power market is so volatile that traders have to rely on computers to keep up with price swings.

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