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Meet Deputy Council Leader Dave Conway

As leading councillors at Stoke-on-Trent City Council gear up for a quiet summer of street fayres, holidays, and pub-based tub-thumping, word reaches my ear about the bland, the blue, and the blotto that makes up the city's ruling coalition. Show More Summary

Why the “No” Vote in Greece is a Win for Working People Everywhere

It seems certain that the political economy textbooks of the future will include a chapter on the experience of Greece in 2015. On July 5, 2015, the people of Greece overwhelmingly voted “NO” to the austerity ultimatum demanded by what is colloquially being called the Troika, the three institutions that have the power to shape Greece’s […]


July 7, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston As we all know, President Obama, at the end of his eulogy for Rev. Pinckney, sang “Amazing Grace.” It was something of a last-minute decision. The Times yesterday (here) referred to an account by Valerie Jarrett, family friend and White House senior advisor. Show More Summary

An Incremental “Fight for 15?

San Francisco recently passed legislation which will eventually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in incremental, planned hikes. On the heels of the “Fight for 15” movement, this seems like good news for those living on or near the minimum wage. As explained by an article on NBC online, with help from CUNY […]

Labour Leadership Candidates on the Greek Referendum

Yesterday's vote in Greece was a momentous occasion. Almost two thirds of a people, many with politics far removed from that of its leadership, said no to demands for more austerity from the well heeled bureaucrats of the IMF and European Central Bank, and the ministers of the European Commission. Show More Summary

Progress and the Optimum Balance of Victory and Defeat

There is a whole social science to the optimal balance of victory and defeat in social movements and social change. Consider two political cartoons by Mike Luckovich. This from June 21: And this one from June 25: Did he really just demand the removal of the Confederate flag and then mock people who would celebrate its removal? Is that […]

Greece Votes No: What Now?

In time, they might come to call it the Tsipras Gamble. With an impossibly weak hand, no one seriously thought Syriza could pull it off. The verdict of the bail out referendum was predicted to be close, so close that it might well have been Syriza as opposed to Greece heading for the exit door. Show More Summary

“American Parties” in Other Countries

Using pictures with the tag #americanparty on Instagram, Buzzfeed put together a non-scientific collection of what “American Parties” thrown in other countries look like. it’s an interesting window into how they view us. Themes include red cups, popcorn, marshmallows, and sports jerseys. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone. Visit the original post for the whole set of […]

New Blogs June/July 2015

Oh look, the summer has brought with it a nice range of new blogs. 1.brianblackbloh (Labour) (Twitter) 2.davesoapbox (Unaligned/mental health) (Twitter) 3.Liz Kendall: A Fresh Start (Labour) (Twitter) 4.Local Government Worker Activists...Show More Summary

a lack of sight doesn’t mean a lack of vision

Just cuz I love y’all. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unions

There were howls of dismay on my Twitter feed last night. And it wasn't all because Heather Watson lost a close fought match with Serena Williams. It had something to do with this: that the GMB and Unite look all set to endorse Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for the Labour Party leadership. Show More Summary

Celebrating the Great Battle of 4th of July

If Mexicans celebrated the 4th like Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo: From Flama. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Can Republicans Talk About Race Now?

July 3, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston A blogger I know (his post is here) caught Garrison Keillor in a historical inaccuracy at the beginning of last Saturday’s episode of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Commenting on recent political events, Keillor said, Republicans came out against the Confederacy after 150 years. Show More Summary

Gender and Management in Fallout Shelter

To piss off any gamergaters stumbling on this post, let me note that when Anita Sarkeesian says... The pregnancy mechanics in Fallout Shelter are super troubling. The primary way to progress is to impregnate as many women as possible. Show More Summary

Black Sheep: Why being bad isn't all bad

From swearing to skiving or getting drunk, breaking the rules has lots of upsides, as a wide-ranging new book explains

OK Cupid Data on Sex, Desirability, and Age

Flashback Friday. The guys at OK Cupid recently looked at how age preferences disadvantage older women on the site.  First, the post’s author, Christian Rudder, points out, the distribution of singles is pretty matched by sex at most ages: But that doesn’t necessarily mean that women and men of the same age are reaching out to […]

how to write a book 2: the publication process

The book publication process is very different than journal publishing. The journal process is fairly impersonal and bureaucratic. Yes, once in a while, an editor will help out his buddies, but journals receive hundreds of submissions and they have to be processed. Most are judged impersonally (though with the editors’ tastes). In contrast, book publication […]

Economics before human capital

As part of my last big dissertation push, I’ve spent the last month reading through introductory economics textbooks published 1890-1960. The variety and content of these textbooks has been very interesting, and in addition to many relevant passages for my own work on the history of economic statistics and macroeconomic thinking, I’ve also come across […]

Notes on the Greek Crisis

Crisis? Since 2009, when has Greece not been in crisis? What the people of Greece have suffered is nothing less than a permanent depression that has since its economy collapse by almost a quarter and hundreds of thousands of its young people have fled abroad in search of work. Show More Summary

Nearly Half of Black and Latina Scientists Mistaken for Janitors or Assistants

A new survey of 557 female scientists found widespread experiences of discrimination and alienation in the workforce that varied in interesting ways by race. While all types of women reported experiencing these forms of discrimination in large numbers — and 100% of a sub-sample of 60 interviewed for the study reported at least one — the race differences […]

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