My friend (and new colleague) Henry Farrell has created a new blog platform to identify and disseminate political science research which should be of interest to a wider public.
Welcome to the political science papers blog, which seeks to serve as a rough-and-ready guide to political science papers which are likely to have some appeal to a general audience (as measured by the editor's idiosyncratic notions of 'appeal'). As currently constituted, the blog will post entries consisting of the abstracts of the papers, bibliographic details, and, where available, links to the papers in question. Where the editor has something additional to say about the paper, and time to say it, he'll include this too.
I think it's a good idea. I told Henry that I thought that in the longer term, this sort of thing would t be better administered by the American Political Science Association. It would have the institutional self-interest in seeing research widely disseminated, the resources to pay someone to maintain it, the disciplinary clout to make it worth the while of young academics to submit their recent papers and perhaps the clout to get the papers more widely noticed. Also, it could perhaps provide an outlet for unpublished research in progress, perhaps via the annual APSA meeting papers archive. I'd like to see something similar for Middle East studies; perhaps something for MESA to look into? At any rate, for now Henry is providing this service as a public good, and hopefully enough people will find it interesting to make it catch on.