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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games | Robert D. Putnam

International Organization, Vol. 42, No. 3. (Summer, 1988)
Domestic politics and international relations are often somehow entangled, but our thkories have not yet sorted out the puzzling tangle. It is fruitless to debate whether domestic politics really determine international relations, or the reverse. The answer to that question is clearly "Both, sometimes." The more interesting questions are "When?" and "How?" This article offers a theoretical approach to this issue, but I begin with a story that illustrates the puzzle.  

Monday, January 7, 2019

World Happiness Report 2018

Edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

Friday, November 30, 2018

A New Social Contract| Nemat Shafik, LSE Director

https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2018/12/lse-a-new-social-contract-shafik.htm

We are living in an age of insecurity. Increasingly, the values of liberal democracy, liberal economies, and a rules-based international system are being repudiated—even though they have delivered progress for the vast majority of people. Discontent has been fed by fears over slowing economic progress, especially in advanced economies, flatlining productivity and social mobility, and concerns about the future brought on by shifts in demography and technology.

Global Report 2017: Conflict, Governance and State Fragility | Center for Systemic Peace,