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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James D. BoysClinton’s Grand Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World

May 25, 2015

How should we look back at President Bill Clinton's foreign policy legacy? As muddled? Visionary? Or simply uninspired? To answer these questions, James D. Boys has just written Clinton's Grand Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). Boys is associate professor of International Political Studies at Richmond University, UK, and […]

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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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