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Kaeten MistryThe United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare

March 11, 2015

In the annals of cold war history Italy is rarely seen as a crucial locale.  In his stimulating new book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Kaeten Mistry reveals how events in Italy proved surprisingly crucial in defining a conflict that dominated much of […]

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Graham SteeleWhat I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise-and Collapse-of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government

March 10, 2015

Political debate in western democracies such as in Canada, the U.S. and Britain has become empty theatre, full of rhetorical flourishes with little meaning for citizens, according to a new book by a former minister of finance in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. What I Learned About Politics (Nimbus, 2014) by Graham Steele is an […]

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Akwugo EmejuluCommunity Development as Micropolitics: Comparing Theories, Policies, and Politics in America and Britain

March 9, 2015

Akwugo Emejulu has written Community Development as Micropolitics: Comparing Theories, Policies, and Politics in America and Britain (Policy Press, 2015). Emejulu is a lecturer at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, and co-director of the Center for Education for Racial Equality. What is community development exactly? Emejulu's book integrates historical, theoretical, and […]

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Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch, eds.We are Strong: Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations

March 5, 2015

Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch are the co-editors of We Are Strong: Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations (Routledge, 2015). Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center; Plesch is Director of the Centre for […]

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David BullockCoal Wars: Unions, Strikes, and Violence in Depression-Era Central Washington

February 23, 2015

David Bullock is the author of Coal Wars: Unions, Strikes, and Violence in Depression-Era Central Washington (Washington State University Press, 2014). Bullock is professor and is the chair of the Communications and Languages Department at Walla Walla University. Coal Wars is at once a political history, a regional history, and a labor organizing history. Through […]

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Deana A. RohlingerAbortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America

February 16, 2015

Deana A. Rohlinger has just written Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Rohlinger is associate professor of sociology at Florida State University. In the last several weeks, the podcast has featured a variety of political scientists who study interest groups and social movements. This week, Deana Rohlinger brings […]

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Daniel DiSalvoGovernment against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences

February 9, 2015

Daniel DiSalvo is the author of Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford University Press, 2015). DiSalvo is associate professor of political science at the City College of New York, CUNY, and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. It is rare that an academic book attracts attention and stokes real controversy, […]

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Nausheen H. AnwarInfrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan and Beyond

February 4, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies]  In Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Nausheen H. Anwar explores double-edged narratives of development. Through detailed case studies of Sialkot and Faisalabad, as well as analyses of development in Pakistan since independence and the impact of liberalized trade policies on industrial labour, the book explores how ideas […]

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Donald P. Haider-Markel and Jami K. TaylorTransgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption

February 2, 2015

Donald P. Haider-Markel and Jami K. Taylor are the editors of Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing and Policy Adoption (University of Michigan UP, 2014). Haider-Markel is professor of political science and chair at the University of Kansas, Taylor is associate professor of political science and public administration at the University of Toledo. Last […]

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Carol GouldInteractive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice

February 2, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Philosophy] Contemporary advances in technology have in many ways made the world smaller.  It is now possible for vast numbers of geographically disparate people to interact, communicate, coordinate, and plan.  These advances potentially bring considerable benefits to democracy, such as greater participation, more inclusion, easier dissemination of information, and so on.  […]

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