John HudakPresidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants

May 26, 2014

John Hudak is the author of Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants (Brookings Institute Press 2014). Hudak is a fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University. Hudak analyzes the often understudied side of presidential power: the power to disburse money [...]

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Brett ScottThe Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money

May 19, 2014

Brett Scott is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press, 2013). Scott is a journalist, urban deep ecologist, and Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. While much of Scott’s book focuses on explaining various aspects of the financial services section, the heart of the book is a [...]

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Dede FeldmanInside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens

May 12, 2014

Dede Feldman is the author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Feldman retired from the New Mexico Senate in 2012 and is a former journalist and now is a political commentator in Albuquerque. Feldman provides a first-hand account of the state legislative process. Her colorful [...]

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Jennifer Stromer-GalleyPresidential Campaigning in the Internet Age

May 5, 2014

The Oxford University Press series on digital politics has produced several new books that we have featured on the podcast. Interviews with Dave Karpf, Dan Kreiss, and Muzammil Hussain are available in previous podcasts. One of the latest from the series is Jennifer Stromer-Galley new book Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (OUP 2014). Stromer-Galley [...]

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Benjamin RadcliffThe Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters’ Choices Determine the Quality of Life

May 1, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Big Ideas] Americans are very politically divided. Democrats say we need a more powerful welfare state while Republicans say we need to maintain the free market. The struggle, we are constantly informed, is one of ideas. And that it is in the worst possible sense, for neither the Democrats nor Republicans seem [...]

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Terry GolwayMachine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

April 28, 2014

Terry Golway is the author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics (Liveright, 2014). Golway is a thirty year journalist for the New York Observer and New York Times. He is now director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy. Golway tells the story of the founding of Tammany [...]

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Betsy Leondar-WrightMissing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups

April 23, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Sociology] Gender and race are visible markers of identity, regularly talked about both in the news and sociology circles. There is another marker, however, that is just as important and predictive, but much less visible – social class.  In Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups (Cornell University Press, 2014), Betsy [...]

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Daniel Altschuler and Javier CorralesThe Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala

April 21, 2014

Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales are the authors of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014). Altschuler is a visiting scholar at the New School for Public Engagement, while Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College. Participatory governance has long drawn the interest of scholars in [...]

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Paul-Brian McInerneyFrom Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market

April 14, 2014

Paul-Brian McInerney is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the author of From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market (Stanford University Press 2014). McInerney’s book tells the fascinating history of the Circuit Riders and NPower, the leading organizations [...]

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Jonathan Allen and Amie ParnesHRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

April 7, 2014

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes are the co-authors of authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Crown Publishers 2014). Allen is White House bureau chief at Bloomberg; Parnes is White House correspondent for The Hill. This is a big, buzzy book that has gotten a lot of media attention. Much of [...]

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