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Gay Marriage as a Religious Right: Reframing the Legal Debate over Gay Marriage in the United States
Rachel Pain Caufield and Debra L. DeLaet

Political Theory and Ordinary Language: A Road Not Taken
Colin Bird

The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Contemporary Conflict: A Legal and Ethical Analysis
Sarah Kreps and John Kaag

Taking Liberty behind God’s Back: Mastery as the Central Problem of Slavery
Stephen Marshall
Volume 44, Issue 2 – Dean Hammer interviews Stephen Marshall(Audio mp3 file, 31:49min)

Democracy, Participatory Politics and Development: Some Comparative Lessons from Brazil, India, and South Africa
Patrick Heller

The Political Cultivation of Moral Character: Kant on Public Moral Feeling as a Precondition for Right
 Jeffrey Church

How Institutions Evolve: Evolutionary Theory and Institutional Change
Orion A. Lewis and Sven Steinmo
Volume 44, Issue 3 – Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh interviews Orion Lewis and Sven Steinmo (Audio mp3 file, 15:36min)

The Obama Presidency, Public Position-Taking, and Mass Opinion
Brandice Canes-Wrone and Jason P. Kelly

Government Inequality Reduction in Comparative Perspective: A Cross-National Study of the Developed World
Vincent A. Mahler