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2014年05月27日 14:50

AMERICAN FEDERALISM: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

AMERICAN FEDERALISM: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

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This is the third in a Series on how American Politics always involves vertical interactions between several “levels”:  national, supranational, and subnational. This time we report an important recent critique of American federalism: it may work OK for the USA, but it is NOT a good model for other countries, particularly for accommodating demands of nationalities for greater au......

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2014年05月13日 18:15

AMERICAN POLICY POLITICS: PARTY PRIORITIES, VOTER CHOICE

AMERICAN POLICY POLITICS: PARTY PRIORITIES, VOTER CHOICE

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This is the second in a Series on how American Politics always involves interactions between several “levels”: national, supranational, and subnational. This time the interaction is between national parties and subnational publics, concerning which parties stand for what policies. This is important because, as it turns out, voting for parties on the basis of their “ownership” of particular policy domains is the main way American citizens influence national public policy.&n......

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2014年05月04日 22:54

AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY: EXTERNAL THREATS, INTERNAL POLITICS

AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY:  EXTERNAL THREATS,  INTERNAL POLITICS

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This is the first in a SERIES on how American Politics always involves interactions between several “levels”: national, supranational, and subnational.  Here the topic is how the executive branch reconciles external and internal demands when choosing a type of Grand Strategy.    

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AMERICAN  GRAND  STRATEGY:  EXTERNAL THREATS,  INTERN......

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2014年04月22日 17:12

AMERICAN CLIMATE POLITICS: NEAR TERM EXTINCTION?

AMERICAN CLIMATE POLITICS: NEAR TERM EXTINCTION?

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GUEST  BLOGGER  Craig K. Comstock

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The question:  What could be the use of taking seriously a scenario of the collapse of global climate and civilization, even near term extinction? Especially the views that argue that it's already too late or that changes could help, but probably won't be made. The answer: By responding fully to the scenario, we can meanwhile live more intensely and organize the elemen......

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2014年04月15日 16:39

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1877-1962, COALITION-BUILDING

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1877-1962, COALITION-BUILDING

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SERIES:  This is the last in a Series about recent reinterpretations of major episodes in American Political Development. This Post notes continuities before and after the Civil War and looks forward to the whole 1877-1962 period.  A later Series will treat episodes after 1877 individually.

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2014年04月09日 16:32

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1848-1861, BREAKDOWN

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1848-1861, BREAKDOWN

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SERIES:  This is the third in a Series about recent reinterpretations of important episodes in American Political Development. This Post treats 1848-1861, when North-South compromise over slavery broke down, and the American polity along with it.  Later Posts will treat late episodes.

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2014年04月01日 15:49

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1836-1848, DEPRESSION

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1836-1848, DEPRESSION

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SERIES: This is the second in a Series about recent reinterpretations of important episodes in American Political Development. This Post concerns 1836-1848, a period of economic depression and political crisis that reshaped American political economy. Later posts will treat later episodes.

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This Post reports a fine re......

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2014年03月25日 17:40

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1750-1800, REVOLUTION

AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT: 1750-1800, REVOLUTION

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SERIES:  This is the first in a Series about important episodes in American Political Development that scholars are currently reinterpreting. This Post concerns the American Revolution: interpretations that expand conventional understandings of its “when, where, and what.”  Subsequent posts will treat other episodes from about 1830 to 1930.

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2014年03月21日 19:12

对于短期政治,美国人担忧什么?

对于短期政治,美国人担忧什么?

政治:政党极化

在过去的10年里,美国人——包括精英和公众、共和党和民主党——都开始担心美国政治。美国人还记得,20世纪的大部分时间里,美国政治都是以两党合作的方式运作的,这使得美国人(错误地)以为美国政治总会是这样。但是相对于理想化的过去,今天美国政治出现了分裂,之所以出现这样的问题是因为:政策制定过程陷入僵局,不能产生需要的政策。

这一现象的主要原因,不是因为普通的美国民众比过去极端,而是美国的政党现在高度极化。

共和党越来越极端地代表所谓的“保守主义”。在选民支持上,他们日益狭窄,越来越极端的只是保守住自己的政治基地,特别是在东......

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2014年03月18日 15:21

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: ISSUE DIMENSIONS

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: ISSUE DIMENSIONS

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Ending a Series, this last Post on Political Economy notes that it is the main general DIMENSION of issues in American politics. The first Post (140201) outlined the alternation, in the course of American political history, of impulses toward more and less governance of the economy. The second Post (140208) highlighted the political components of economic cycles. The third Post (140215) focused on specifically Financial institutions, the core of c......

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2014年03月11日 18:29

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

AMERICAN  POLITICAL  ECONOMY:  FINANCIAL  INSTITUTIONS

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In a series on American Political Economy, this third Post focuses on Financial institutions. The first Post (140201) outlined political Cycles between more and less national governance of the economy. The second Post (140208) highlighted the Political components of economic cycles. The final Post (140222) will reprise this main issue Dimension in American politics.     

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2014年03月03日 16:19

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: POLITICAL BUBBLES

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: POLITICAL BUBBLES

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This Post is the second in a Series on American Political Economy. The previous Post (140201) outlined political Cycles between more and less central governance of the economy. This Post highlights the Political components of economic cycles. The next Post (140215) will focus on Financial institutions. The final Post (140222) will reprise this main issue DIMENSION in American politics.   

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2014年02月28日 17:26

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: BIG GOVERNMENT, SMALL GOVERNMENT

AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY: BIG GOVERNMENT, SMALL GOVERNMENT

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In a Series on American Political Economy, this first Post outlines political Cycles between more and less central governance of the economy. The second Post (140208) will highlight the Political components of economic cycles. The third Post (140215) will focus on Financial institutions. The final Post (140222) will reprise this main issue Dimension of American politics.  _____________________________________________________________ &nbs......

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2014年02月11日 18:02

AMERICAN CONCERNS: CHINA RELATIONS

AMERICAN CONCERNS: CHINA RELATIONS

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SERIES: This Post is the fourth in a January series on American Concerns: About what problems are American intellectuals and policymakers most worried? This Post treats concerns about relations with China. Other Posts treated short run politics (140104), mid run economy (140111), and long run ecology (140118).

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2014年02月07日 23:24

AMERICAN CONCERNS: LONG RUN SCIENCE

AMERICAN  CONCERNS:  LONG  RUN  SCIENCE

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SERIES: AMERICAN CONCERNS  This Post is the third in a Series asking: About what problems are American intellectuals and policymakers most worried? This Post treats concerns about the long run, particularly scientific. Other Posts treat concerns about short run politics (140104), middle run economy (140111), and China (140125).

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2014年01月22日 18:23

AMERICAN CONCERNS: MID-RUN ECONOMY

AMERICAN CONCERNS: MID-RUN ECONOMY

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FROM ABNORMAL BACK TO NORMAL?

IS ABNORMAL THE NEW NORMAL?

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SERIES: AMERICAN CONCERNS  This Post is the second in a January Series asking: About what problems are American intellectuals and policymakers most worried? This Post treats concerns about the middle run, particularly economic. Other Posts treat concerns about the short run (140104), long run (140119), and China (140126).

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2014年01月17日 11:38

AMERICAN CONCERNS: SHORT-RUN POLITICS

AMERICAN  CONCERNS:  SHORT-RUN  POLITICS

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POLITICS:  PARTY  POLARIZATION 

ECONOMY:  BUDGET  DEALS

IDENTITY:  IMMIGRATION  REFORM

SECURITY:  GUN  REFORM

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SERIES:  AMERICAN  CONCERNS  This Post is the first in a January 2014 Series asking: What problems most worry American intellectuals, politicians, and policymakers? This Post trea......

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2014年01月08日 16:17

海蒂·瑞文新作《超越自我》

海蒂·瑞文新作《超越自我》

Heidi Ravven, The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will, The New Press, 2013

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作者瑞文:走向实证道德

内容提要:源于文化构建的自由意志

相关的系列问题:人类的道德本质

作者简介

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从历史上看,Ravven认为在近古和中世纪时西方基督教“出了错”,它采纳并强迫实行惩罚性的......

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2013年12月23日 11:07

AMERICAN CLIMATE POLITICS: SOCIAL INVENTIONS NEEDED

AMERICAN CLIMATE POLITICS: SOCIAL INVENTIONS NEEDED

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GUEST BLOGGER Craig K. Comstock

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Addressing global warming requires going beyond ordinary politics. Americans – both elites and publics – have been good at “social inventions.” We now need many more of them, globally.

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SERIES

In a Series on American Climate Politics by Guest Blogger Craig K. Comstock, this Post recalls the USA’s history of “social inventi......

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2013年12月20日 17:50

AMERICAN MORAL EDUCATION: PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS

AMERICAN MORAL EDUCATION: PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS

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GUEST BLOGGER Heidi M. Ravven

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The more liberal the model of moral education in a given school, the more likely it is to emphasize social service rather than the acquisition of individual character virtues. Nevertheless, the theoretical underpinnings of that aspect of character education are largely absent or unacknowledged, and such programs of social service continue to appear within a discourse of the training of individual moral character and will in the virtues. Historically, social s......

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