Religion and Political Economy in History (Part II)

It has been nearly four months since my last new column, which I titled “Religion and Political Economy in History (Part I).” That title suggested there would at minimum be a part II. But we here at Broadstreet thought we should take a well-deserved break over the summer, so part II has been slow in … Continue reading Religion and Political Economy in History (Part II)

Religion and Political Economy in History (Part I)

When I was young, I was told that there were two topics you should never bring up in polite society: religion and politics. The advice clearly did not rub off. I have spent a good portion of my career studying the two. It seems obvious to even a casual observer that religion has played an … Continue reading Religion and Political Economy in History (Part I)

Political Legitimacy: Lessons from Institutional Theory

So, there is an election tomorrow. A pretty big one. One that makes you want to curl up with a big bottle of whiskey. A really big bottle. But why is it so important? Why does so much of our future — not just for those of us living in the US, but the world … Continue reading Political Legitimacy: Lessons from Institutional Theory