Lawrence JacobsWho Governs?: Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation

May 18, 2015

Lawrence Jacobs is the author (with James Druckman) of Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Just how responsive is […]

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Asaad al-SalehVoices of the Arab Spring: Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions

May 16, 2015

Asaad al-Saleh is assistant professor of Arabic, comparative literature, and cultural studies in the Department of Languages and Literature and the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. His research focuses on issues related to autobiography and displacement in Arabic literature and political culture in the Arab world. His Book Voices of the Arab […]

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Lee DrutmanThe Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate

May 12, 2015

Lee Drutman is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Oxford UP 2015). Drutman is a senior fellow at New America. How do corporations seek influence in Washington? And should we be worried? Drutman's book moves beyond simple notions of how money and politics […]

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Robin Grier and Jerry F. HoughThe Long Process of Development: Building Markets and States in Pre-industrial England, Spain and their Colonies

May 11, 2015

According to a popular saying, "Nothing succeeds like success." As concerns what economists and political scientists call "development"–that is, progress towards liberty and prosperity–the saying seems to be true. As a general rule, the countries that were relatively free and relatively prosperous 100 years ago are the ones that are relatively free and relatively prosperous today. 200 years ago? […]

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Lu ZhangInside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance

May 10, 2015

China's automobile industry has grown considerably over the past two decades. Massive foreign investment and an increased scale and concentration of work spurred the creation of a new generation of autoworkers with increased bargaining power. At the same time, China entered the global competition in mass-producing automobiles at a stage when the level of that […]

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Peter HansonToo Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power and Appropriations in the U.S. Senate

May 5, 2015

Just a few weeks ago, we heard Matthew Green discuss the minority in the House. Green explained that the minority party may not be as powerless as we typically think. In Too Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power and Appropriations in the U.S. Senate (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Peter Hanson offers another side of a similar […]

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Amy KittelstromThe Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition

May 5, 2015

Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University. In her book The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition (Penguin Press, 2015), Kittelstrom gives us profiles of seven individual and their circle. They embodied the ideas of what she calls an "American Reformation." Beginning with John Adams, who believed every man […]

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Jason StanleyHow Propaganda Works

May 1, 2015

Propaganda names a familiar collection of phenomena, and examples of propaganda are easy to identify, especially when one examines the output of totalitarian states. In those cases, language and imagery are employed for the purpose of shaping mass opinion, forming group allegiances, constructing worldviews, and securing compliance. It is undeniable that propaganda is employed by […]

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Ananya VajpeyiRighteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India

April 30, 2015

Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India (Harvard University Press, 2012) by Ananya Vajpeyi is a rethinking of the self in self-rule, as understood in the ideas generated and reworked by five leading figures of the Indian independence movement. Analysing crises of the self, which it is argued stem from a crisis of tradition […]

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Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. ParentAmerican Conspiracy Theories

April 27, 2015

"Conspiracy theories are neither the vile excrescence of puny minds nor the telltale symptom of a sick society. They are the ineradicable stuff of politics." That's a quotation from American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford UP, 2014), by Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent, two professors of political science at the University of Miami. Their study of conspiracy […]

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