Your humble blogger
wasted many hours online had some fun with Ngram, Google's new
book-searching algorithm. Here are ten interesting discoveries:
1) "Global governance" has become a really popular term of art.
2) For all the talk about free trade being under threat in the real world, it's doing pretty well on the printed page.
3) Balancing is definitely more popular than bandwagoning.
5) Somewhat surprisingly, the rise of China has not translated into the world of books.
6) What's the more popular game theoretic device, the Prisoners Dilemma or the coordination game? Here the answer really did surprise me -- though it should be noted that if you replace PD with Tragedy of the Commons, you get this.
7) For all the complaints lodged by some about rational choice theory dominating the social sciences, constructivist approaches appear to be catching up in popularity -- though only in a relative sense.
9) Which FP blogger gets the most mentions on the printed page? You'll have to click here to find out. Hint: it ain't me.
10) The biggest non-state threat mentioned in books appears to be terrorism, and it's not close. Of course, there is also
proof that, in assessing threats in world politics, zombies are clearly on the rise.
Readers are strongly encouraged to
waste their day develop their own Ngram
There's been a cluster of interesting online content about the politics of social networks and how social networks affects political economy. Let the linkfest commence!
2) The Economist this week has a special section on the growth of smart systems and how they impinge on reality as we know it.
Network amongst yourselves and chat away about the implications.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.