walter russell mead peter berger lilia shevtsova adam garfinkle andrew a. michta
Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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.

Housekeeping
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.

Why We Need a New Pendleton Act

The botched rollout of healthcare.gov shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector.  President Obama has shown great faith in the ability of government to provide services, but absolutely no awareness of how poorly it performs, or how desperately it needs a total restructuring. Getting the healthcare insurance web site up and […]

Bad Mandates and Dirty Water

I could spend the next ten posts or so describing how poorly crafted legislative mandates have led to bad administrative outcomes, but I’ll provide just one here that is quite typical of many developing-world public agencies. The city of Hyderabad, India, has been one of the fastest growing over the past two decades, and one […]

Bad Mandates

The US Army’s incorporation of mission orders into its combined arms doctrine described in an earlier post was an example of a government agency that was delegated an appropriate degree of bureaucratic autonomy, a delegation that extended down to the lowest levels of the organization.  This kind of delegation is extremely rare in government operations, […]

Creatures on the Web

Damir Marusic, The American Interest’s associate publisher and general web wizard, has created a Javascript version of my program Creatures which was described in the last post.  The web version has a smaller pond, lacks statistical information about the population, and the running dialogue of what’s happening in the pond (like the creatures meeting and […]

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Medical Money Pits

Reform we need: A new law in Michigan will make it easier for residents to contract services directly with a doctor instead of going through a third-party insurance mechanism.

Whodunit

The Telegraph reveals that the NSA provided proof that the Kremlin killed the spy-turned-dissident in 2006.

Great Power Series

It’s not just TAI that’s seeing it anymore.

Cycles of Debt

An NYT investigation reveals that it has become more common than you would think for nursing homes to get legal control over their residents—and their residents’ assets.

New World Disorder

The task of maintaining a peaceful, liberal world order is getting harder and more complicated.

After the Greek Elections

The next shoe to drop after the Greek election may be pointing in an eastward direction.

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