Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Misc.

. Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Things have been busy around here lately, so in lieu of a substantive post here's some links:

-- Dani Rodrik vs. Turkey. This has been going on for awhile, but in light of the "democratic" revolutions spreading through the Middle East it's worth noting that democracy is a long, uneven process. Rodrik accuses some in Turkey of operating a "state within the state", that is anything but democratic. I'm in no position to evaluate his claims, but if true they are damning.

-- The paradoxical politics of credible commitment. The conclusion is "Neat economic theory trips over messy political reality once again", and it illustrates the importance, but difficulty, of accurately matching interests to actions. Among other things.

-- Paul Krugman's posting template, revealed. Brilliant.

-- Iraq's economy is not doing well.

-- I'm not sure why Stephen Walt is still so concerned with debates that everyone else abandoned two decades ago, but he is. Here he tries to stack the deck in favor of realism in the context of the EU's ongoing debt crisis. I hope to properly smack this down sometime soon.

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