A new Realist joins the team

It’s a pleasure to welcome James Wimberley, an Englishman born in the Channel Islands and now retired to Andalucia after a career as a Eurocrat: a career which left him with a healthy skepticism about transnational organizations but not indifferent to the need for new structures to solve transnational problems. We’ve never met in person, but his emails convinced me that he met the criterion for adding new members to the group, which is that they improve the average quality of thinking and writing on the site. (Obviously, that criterion gets harder to meet with each addition.) He also adds to the diversity of the group on several dimensions.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com