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Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan are the authors of Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Perez-Linan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Why do authoritarian regimes survive or fall? Mainwaring and Perez-Linan’s answer that question with a comprehensive examination of decades of data on Latin America (1945-2005). They argue that normative pressures from domestic actors provide the most statistically significant answer. The book investigates the quantitative findings further with case study examinations of transitions from authoritarian regimes in Argentina and El Salvador.

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General Daniel BolgerWhy We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

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[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] During the past several years, numerous books and articles have appeared that grapple with the legacy and lessons of the recent U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This development should surprise few. The emergence of the jihadist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria raises profound questions about what the U.S. [...]

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Steven FieldingA State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory] To understand contemporary politics we must understand how it is represented in fiction. This is the main argument in A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) a new book by Steven Fielding, Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. [...]

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Cathy L. SchneiderPolice Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York

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Jothie RajahAuthoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore

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Claudio Lopez-GuerraDemocracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Philosophy] Modern democracy is build around a collection of moral and political commitments.  Among the most familiar and central of these concern voting.  It is commonly held that legitimate government requires a system of universal suffrage. Yet, democrats tend to hold that certain exclusions are permissible.  For example, it is commonly thought [...]

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Matthew T. CorriganConservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida

December 1, 2014

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Henry NauConservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Reagan, Truman, and Polk

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[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised important questions about the future direction of U.S. foreign policy and how Americans can best exercise power abroad in the coming years. Commentators have not shied away from offering advice. Some defend the record of the George W. Bush administration and [...]

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Jacob N. ShapiroThe Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations

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Janet K. ShimHeart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Science, Technology, and Society] Janet K. Shim’s new book juxtaposes the accounts of epidemiologists and lay people to consider the roles of race, class, and gender (among other things) in health and illness. Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease (New York University Press, 2014) integrates several kinds of sources into a [...]

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