Two papers and one presentation by Ron Kennett related to workflow - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Problem elicitation, goal formulation, data collection, data analysis. Not rally rocket science, but the point of teaching is often to show that the rocket science part is not the most important one.
The Open Syllabus Project Gathers 1,000,000 Syllabi from Universities & Reveals the 100 Most Frequently-Taught Books | Open Culture
"Impressively, the Syllabus Explorer has gathered 1,ooo,ooo+ syllabi published on university websites, then extracted and aggregated the data found in those documents, all for one reason: to determine the mostly frequently-taught books in university classrooms."
Dani Rodrik -- The Rights and Wrongs of Economics (HKS PolicyCast)
Contains a nice segment on globalization.
Also, deep inside, Rodrik is a political scientist.
econ:macro  econ:theory 
Megan A. Stewart | Book Project: Governing For Revolution: State Building Amid State Breakdown
"Beginning in 2014, the Islamic State (IS) spread across Syria and Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction, brutality and violence in its wake. In addition to the bloodshed, IS has also developed robust governing institutions, offering everything from health care and education, to utilities and essential municipal services. The Islamic State offered these services fairly extensively and inclusively to people living within the territories the group controlled, even allowing Christians in some areas to access the organization’s goods. In contrast, another well-known and similarly violent rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone, barely managed to piece together a patchwork and inconsistent network of social services, available almost solely to followers and supporters. Though both rebel groups have committed atrocities and operated in resource-rich environments, the Islamic State’s governance diverges considerably from the RUF. Instead, the Islamic State’s governance has been compared to Marxist insurgencies and national liberation movements—ideological opposites of the radical religiosity of the Islamic State—that operated during the Cold War. What then explains variation and convergence in rebel governance during civil wars?


The research concludes that revolutionary civil war is a contemporary state building process. Though many understand domestic conflict as a state of anarchy, some civil wars can best be understood as the emergence of competing sovereigns. As a consequence, consistent with research that points to interstate war as a driver of state formation, since the end of World War II, intrastate war is a vehicle of state transformation."

-- I agree with Scott, this sounds tremendously interesting.
CRAN - Package ghibli
"Colour palettes inspired by Studio Ghibli films, ported to R for your enjoyment."
r  viz:colors 
Monument | Monumento
Laura Poitras' "Field of Vision" joins my Top 10 of Things You Can Find on the Internet.
top10  immigration  usa:society 
Violence in Charlottesville and what we might gain from the Heather Heyers of this world | asecondmouse
"Heather’s funeral was held at the Paramount Theater, the largest venue in the downtown. As it happened, the last time I’d been in that theater I’d been listening to the rants of a foul-mouthed misogynistic venture capitalist, later exposed as one of the most notorious serial sexual harassers on the West Coast, who had been brought in with taxpayer assistance to be glorified as an exemplar on whom we should model our lives. The ersatz “tech festival” sponsoring him went on in a similar vein for days—perfect people with their perfect accents, perfect degrees, perfect bodies, perfect LinkedIn profiles and perfect access to Other People’s Money.  And yet in the one hour of Heather’s funeral, I heard more wisdom than I found in three days of that earlier celebration of education and entitlement."
usa:politics  usa:society  inequality 
Adam Tooze reviews ‘How Will Capitalism End?’ by Wolfgang Streeck · LRB 5 January 2017
"Elected governments have to listen to two constituencies, their people – the Staatsvolk – and the markets. Streeck joins the two in a neologism, the Marktvolk [… polite WTF …] [Streeck's] choice of words isn’t merely unfortunate: it also suggests a profound analytical misconception."

Streeck's reply follows:

"Adam Tooze’s outpouring is material for a future anatomy of the class rhetoric of faux cosmopolitanism as it flourishes among a soul-searching urban-academic middle class in the post-Brexit moment (LRB, 5 January)."

political-economy  eu:politics 
2 days ago
Charlottesville violence gives white supremacist movement the attention it wanted, professor says | Harvard Gazette
"… since he’s come into office, President Trump has done a number of things to maintain that base of support — the halting of criminal justice reform, the disempowerment of the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, the threat to investigate affirmative action programs at elite universities — all of these decisions demonstrate commitment to ethnonationalism and embolden extremist movements. What that suggests is that these radical movements are part of his base, and his reaction to the Virginia events demonstrates he wants to continue receiving support from them."
usa:presidency  pathetic  violence:racism 
2 days ago
State-Enforced Segregation and the Color of Justice
"Residential segregation, Massey and Denton maintained, 'is the institutional apparatus that supports other racially discriminatory processes and binds them together into a coherent and uniquely effective system of racial subordination.'"
usa:society  inequality:race  inequality:space  violence:racism  via:cshalizi 
2 days ago
Pride and Prejudice | Dissent Magazine
"Scholars and activists alike have been debating [American exceptionalism] at least since 1906, when German sociologist Werner Sombart famously asked, “why is there no socialism in the United States?” The racial diversity of the American working class has been one popular answer—but so has the success of American capitalism; the absence of feudalism; the importance of federalism; the size of the country; the early arrival of universal white male suffrage; the multiple veto points built into the national government; the durability of the two-party system; the prospect that Americans born on the bottom rung of the social ladder could, every once in a while, climb to the top; and the brutality of the repression dealt out to American socialists (who did exist, even if not in sufficient numbers to take over a major party)."
usa:society  inequality:race 
4 days ago
A Breathing Earth
Beautiful. Features R somewhere in the workflow.

@howto http://www.datasketch.es/april/
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