The new issue of Perspectives on Politics (the editor is Jeffrey Isaac) has some great pieces focusing on neoliberalism, privatization, and cities. Hearing media today about the overlap between the Republican convention and a hurricane heading toward the Gulf Coast, I couldn't help but note the pertinence of the issue -- this isn't the dismal political science of wanna-be economists. It matters. Take a look. Here's an excerpt from Isaac's introduction:
Post-Katrina New Orleans seemed like an obvious theme around which to organize this issue, because New Orleans is the site of this year's APSA Meeting, which occasions our tenth anniversary celebration; because the New Orleans siting has itself been the source of some significant and productive controversy within our discipline; and because “New Orleans” broadly encapsulates some very important themes in the study of politics, from power and inequality to urban crisis to post-disaster reconstruction and development to the complex intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This special issue contains terrific pieces that explore these issues, and its diverse combination of pieces and perspectives demonstrates our capacity as political science scholars and as intellectuals to constructively speak to and with each other across conventional subfield and methodological divides within our profession.