Open Source Politics Up and Running

Thanks to superhuman efforts by Kevin Hayden and his colleagues, there’s a new group blog up called Open Source Politics. (Actually, it’s something closer to an on-line magazine.) I’ve been invited to participate, and have two posts in the first issue: a review of the Valerie Plame affair [*] and an essay [*] on how the classification system allows officials to stamp their blunders and outrages “Top Secret.”

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