Twenty-two years ago, political scientist Robert D. Putnam published an article in the journal International Organization. Titled "Diplomacy and domestic politics: the logic of two-level games," it argued that international trade negotiators have a more complicated job than most believe. Not only must they convince the negotiators across the table of the

Vanderbilt law professor Brian Fitzpatrick’s year-old paper The End of Objector Blackmail has received a fair amount of attention from various lawyer-bloggers and lawyer-tweeters in the last week.  The chatter stems from the attention he draws to a practice known as quick-pay provisions – provisions to pay plaintiffs’ counsel immediately when settling a