Andrea Louise CampbellTrapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle

October 13, 2014

Andrea Louise Campbell is the author of Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Campbell is professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trapped in America’s Safety Net sheds light on the reality of means-tested programs in the United States. Following an accident that left her [...]

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Gregory WeeksUnderstanding Latin American Politics

October 8, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Latin American Studies] What factors compel Central American residents to flee their home countries and head to the United States? What do national elections in Latin America mean, and why should the U.S. be concerned? Which Latin American nations are emerging international powers? These are some of the questions Dr. Gregory Weeks prepares [...]

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Ajay K. MehrotraMaking the Modern American Fiscal State: Law Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929

October 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Prior to the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, the United States did not have a national system of taxation—it had a regional system, a system linked to political parties, and a system that, in many instances, preserved and protected trade.  In his superbly written and thoughtful book Making the Modern American [...]

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Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka TsujinakaNonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment

October 6, 2014

Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka are the authors of Nonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Pekkanen is professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of [...]

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Iqbal SeveaThe Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India

October 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies]  The towering Indian Muslim poet and intellectual Muhammad Iqbal (d. 1938) is among the most contested figures in the intellectual and political history of modern Islam. Heralded by some as the father of Pakistan and by others as a champion of pan-Islam, Iqbal’s legacy is as keenly debated as [...]

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Philip KretsedemasMigrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside

September 29, 2014

Philip Kretsedemas is the author of Migrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside (Routledge, 2014). Kretsedemas is associate professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts-Boston. This is the second time he has been featured on New Books in Political Science podcast. In Migrants and Race in the US, Kretsedemas explains how [...]

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Hahrie HanHow Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations & Leadership in the Twenty-First Century

September 22, 2014

Hahrie Han has written How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations & Leadership in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford UP, 2014). Han is associate professor of political science at Wellesley College. She has previously written Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigns in America. Han’s book explores the world of activism, and the role organizations play in [...]

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Shaazka BeyerleCurtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice

September 15, 2014

Shaazka Beyerle is the author of the new book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014). Beyerle is senior adviser at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a visiting scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Beyerle brings a scholar’s approach and a practitioner’s eye for detail [...]

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Julia AzariDelivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate

September 8, 2014

Julia Azari has written Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate (Cornell University Press, 2014). Azari is assistant professor of political science at Marquette University. What was President Obama’s mandate when he was elected in 2008? Did that mandate extend to 2012? We commonly think that mandates attach to wide electoral [...]

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Staci ZavattaroCities for Sale: Municipalities as Public Relations and Marketing Firms

September 1, 2014

Staci Zavattaro is the author of the new book Cities for Sale: Municipalities as Public Relations and Marketing Firms (SUNY Press, 2013). Zavattaro is assistant professor of public administration at Mississippi State University. Cities have received renewed interest from political scientists recently. Previously, Ravi K. Perry was on the podcast to discuss his book Black [...]

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