Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
The Obama Doctrine: Responses Good Points and Bad Points
Flaws aside, Obama is in touch with an American electorate that is very skeptical about the wisdom of heavy involvement in the Middle East.
What’s Been Censored from the Chinese Edition of Political Order and Political Decay
For readers of the Chinese edition of Political Order and Political Decay, I thought you might like to know what parts were altered from the original text. The passages below are the English language originals, followed by the Chinese versions. If you don’t read Chinese, there is an English-only version after the Chinese text. Hence the […]
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.
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.
The Limits of Transparency
The idea that more transparency in government is always an unalloyed good is a dangerous populist illusion.
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.