Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His new book, Political Political Theory: Essays on Institutions, was ­published in March.
 (June 2016)

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Transforming Our View of the Law

Camp X-Ray, where the US’s first prisoners from the war in Afghanistan were held, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 2002

Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

by David Cole
“The Constitution doesn’t mean what it used to mean”—when that’s our impression, our first impulse is to blame (or praise) activist judges. But the most feverishly activist judge cannot make any changes at all until a case comes before him or her. Judges don’t just wake up and say, “Let’s …

The Vanishing Europe of Jürgen Habermas

Jürgen Habermas, Vienna, 2004

The Lure of Technocracy

by Jürgen Habermas, translated from the German by Ciaran Cronin
Of the many voices raised in Europe against Angela Merkel’s and Wolfgang Schäuble’s handling of the debt crisis in Greece, one of the most strident and uncompromising has been that of the eighty-six-year-old German philosopher Jürgen Habermas. Long regarded as Europe’s leading public intellectual, Habermas denounced the July 12 deal …

It’s All for Your Own Good

Why Nudge? The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

by Cass R. Sunstein

Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas

by Cass R. Sunstein
Why do people get so angry at Cass Sunstein? Glenn Beck has called him “the most evil man, the most dangerous man in America.” What explains the hostility? Much of it is simple animus against big government, compounded by resentment of academics in office. But there is also a core of genuine worry, and I want to use Sunstein’s writings about nudging to try to bring that worry into focus.

Unfettered Judge Posner

Reflections on Judging

by Richard A. Posner
In ancient times, in the Middle Ages, and in the early Renaissance, people wrote books known as “mirrors of princes.” They would describe the life and character that a princely ruler ought to have, providing a catalog of princely virtues, and setting out tips and recipes for a princely education …

How Politics Are Haunted by the Past

On Politics: A History of Political Thought Book One: Herodotus to Machiavelli Book Two: Hobbes to the Present

by Alan Ryan

The Making of Modern Liberalism

by Alan Ryan
What do we need to know about Bartolus of Sassoferrato? Most of us have never heard of him, but in his time—he was born in 1313 in the Marche region of Italy—Bartolus was famous as a political thinker. Though he roamed between Italian cities like Bologna, Pisa, and Perugia, Bartolus …