Why no Green Revolution in Iran? 1989 vs. 2009

Jack Goldstone is Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. His work on the subject includes the forthcoming bookUnderstanding Revolutions (2010, Sage, with John Foran and Eric Selbin). He was the chair of the National Research Council Report Improving Democracy Assistance (2008). The protests in Iran in June 2009, following the […]

Counter-terrorism in Somalia, or: how external interferences helped to produce militant Islamism

Markus Virgil Hoehne, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology For the full version of this essay, download the pdf here (pdf, 260 KB). Somalia has made international headlines for almost two decades now, first as a state of civil war characterized by clan warfare and humanitarian catastrophe, then as a failed state, and finally as a potential safe […]

The Public Responsibilities of Political Science

Rogers M. Smith is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a leading voice in the “Perestroika Movement” in political science. His publications in this area include the article “Still Blowing in the Wind: The American Quest for a Democratic, Scientific Political Science” (1997). Michael Burawoy’s 2004 American Sociological Association […]

America’s Lobby Democracy and the Need for Citizen Lobbies

Herbert J. Gans is Robert S. Lynd Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Columbia University and the author most recently of Imagining America in 2033 (University of Michigan Press, 2008), from which this essay is adapted. In a representative democracy, elected officials are supposed to represent all the citizens in their constituency, but most electoral districts are large and […]