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Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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 […]

Creatures: An Agent-based Model

I’m taking a break from my series on governance to post the source code for an agent-based model I created called Creatures.  I wrote the underlying code in Java about ten years ago, but recently ported it to the Processing language, which is a variant of Java that vastly simplifies graphics programming. When you run […]

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Europe's Paper Militaries

Less than the US, despite 230 million more citizens. A lot less.

Nuclear North Korea

North Korea threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to UN indictments of top officials for crimes against humanity. Pyongyang does this every time it’s upset because it hasn’t got any other cards to play.

Turbines Kill Birds

An Oregon wind energy firm is suing in federal court to hide information about birds found dead on its wind farms.

No Fun for Funds

The California state Comptroller has released a massive amount of data on the state’s pension crisis—and the numbers are not pretty.

More R&D Please

After Google’s renewable energy project failed after just four years, two of the company’s engineers conduct a post-mortem.

Crude Economics

Moscow is considering cutting its oil output in an attempt to stop the global price slide, but may not be up to the task.

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