Nancy FraserTransnationalizing the Public Sphere (Polity, 2014)

July 8, 2015

How is "the public sphere" best conceptualized on a transnational scale? Nancy Fraser (The New School for Social Research) explores this pressing question in her book Transnationalizing the Public Sphere (Polity, 2014). Opening with Fraser's foundational essay, "Transnationalizing the Public Sphere: On the Legitimacy and Efficacy of Public Opinion in a Post-Westphalian World," the book […]

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Julian E. ZelizerThe Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society

July 6, 2015

Julian E. Zelizer is the author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015). Zelizer is the Malcom Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at New America. In the Fierce Urgency of Now, […]

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Kevin VallierLiberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation

July 1, 2015

In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning these matters play in their public activity as citizens? According to familiar answers, citizens must […]

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Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. FoxRunning from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned off to Politics

June 28, 2015

Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox are the authors of Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned off to Politics (Oxford UP, 2015). Lawless is a Professor of Government and the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Fox is a Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. The two […]

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Philip A. WallachTo The Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis

June 22, 2015

Philip A. Wallach is the author of To The Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). Wallach is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. There has been a lot written about the financial crisis of the late 2000s, but little with the attention to […]

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Kyle Mattes and David RedlawskThe Positive Case for Negative Campaigning

June 14, 2015

Kyle Mattes and David Redlawsk are the authors of The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Mattes is assistant professor of political science at Florida International University; Redlawsk is professor of political science at the Eagleton Institute's Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University. Each campaign season, a near public […]

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Scott StrausMaking and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa

June 9, 2015

Who, in the field of genocide studies, hasn't at least once used the phrase "The century of genocide?"  Books carry the title, journalists quote it in interviews and undergrads adopt it. There's nothing wrong with the phrase, as far as it goes.  But, as Scott Straus points out, conceptualizing the century in that way masks […]

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Michael G. MillerSubsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How it Can Work in the Future

June 9, 2015

With a 2016 presidential election likely to cost several billions dollars, is there any way to prevent money from completely overwhelming US politics? Public financing of campaigns has offered one solution and is the focus of Michael G. Miller's new book, Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How it Can Work in the […]

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Brett SheehanIndustrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision

June 2, 2015

Brett Sheehan's new book traces the interwoven histories of capitalism and the Song family under a series of five authoritarian governments in North China. Based on a wide range of sources a range of sources including family papers, missionary archives, corporate records, government documents, newspapers, oral histories, novels, and interviews, Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision […]

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Michael Gould-WartofskyThe Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

June 1, 2015

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. There has been a lot written about the Occupy Wall Street movement, but little with the sophistication and personal touch of Gould-Wartofsky's new book. What emerged in […]

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