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Making the Public Service Millennial

Examines how the new wave of Generation Y public service employees are affecting the dynamics of continuity and change in public management ethics.

FDR's Budgeteer and Manager-in-Chief

First study of Harold D. Smith, FDR’s budget director from 1939 to 1945.

Much Sound and Fury, or the New Jim Crow?

Edited by Michael A. Smith
Subjects: Politics And Law

Intensive look at restrictive new voting laws ostensibly designed to target voter fraud but criticized as being racially-based voter suppression.

Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State

Looking at Japan, traces crisis narratives across three decades and ten policy fields, with the aim of disentangling discursively manufactured crises from actual policy failures.

Democracy at the Ballpark

Examines how the national pastime of baseball has the capacity to shape politics and American democracy.

The Nation or the Ummah

Explains why Turkey embraced the Arab Spring despite the risk both domestically and internationally.

Amnesia

Describes the profound social impact of the overthrow of the Thai absolute monarchy in 1932, and explains the importance of democracy in a country long known for authoritarian politics.

Return to Point Zero

Analyzes Turkey’s Kurdish conflict since post-Ottoman nation-building through recent peace attempts, from a novel perspective highlighting the dilemmas of the Turk majority and reshaping our understanding of ethnic conflicts, and offers solutions for a sustainable peace.

Adventures in Chinese Realism

Relates Chinese Realism to contemporary political and ethical challenges, such as in international relations and the morality of the public sector.

Technologies of Human Rights Representation

Analyzes the effects of new technologies on human rights, with a particular focuse on how representations of technology affect our ability to understand and control it.

America in Denial

Examines how race-neutral programs and policies harm, rather than improve, the lives of blacks in the United States.

Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War

Offers a cosmopolitan account of war that blends sharp inquiry into interspecies politics with original poetry on animals, loss, and war.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity

A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.

Public Affairs and Democratic Ideals

Argues for refocusing attention on publicness and the critical exploration of underlying assumptions that are foundational to the study and practice of public affairs.

Moral Responsibility in Twenty-First-Century Warfare

Confronts the ethical challenges of warfare carried out by artificial intelligence.

Holidays of the Revolution

Shows how Israeli Communists developed a distinctive national identity outside the boundaries of Zionism.

The Specter of Babel

Presents a new way of thinking about fundamental political concepts such as freedom, justice, and the common good.

Leadership and Legacy

Applies a variety of scholarly approaches to analyze the long-term impact of President Obama as a leader and policymaker.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

Assesses the place of non-military national service in Israeli politics and society.

The Politics of Right Sex

Examines the limitations of rights-based mobilization and litigation for advancing the interests of trans individuals in the contemporary United States.

Bringing the Nation Back In

Argues that concern with the nation and national community will be a key factor in redefining twenty-first-century politics.

China in Ethiopia

Examines China’s involvement in Ethiopia as the latter embarks on modernization and economic development.

Reconstructing the Civic

Explores the civic activism of the Palestinian minority in Israel for a better understanding of the relationship between civic activism and democratization in ethnic states.

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment

Argues that impeachment may no longer be an effective check on overreach by American presidents.

Suffrage and Its Limits

Reflects on the legacy and limits of suffrage in New York State as a way to understand present-day issues with women's social and political rights, as well proposes ideas for future progress.

Bending the Arc

Inspiring collection narrating how peace activists found their calling and why the world still needs peace activism.

Culture and Tactics

Juxtaposes Antonio Gramsci’s work and critical race theory to offer a new understanding of tactics as a transformative practice.

The Art of the Watchdog

Expert advice on how any citizen can fight government fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption.

African Americans and the First Amendment

The first detailed examination of African Americans and First Amendment rights, from the colonial era to the present.

Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators

Compares the political activities of African Americans who settled in Ghana in the 1950s and 1960s with those who settled in the 1980s to the present.

Stranger in a Strange State

Examines why some politicians take the drastic step of becoming a carpetbagger and how that shapes their campaigns and chances for victory.

Help (Not) Wanted

Shows how Japan’s immigration policy is shaped by the nature of Japan’s economy and elite debates about the country’s national identity.

The Distortion of Nature's Image

Illustrates how the notion of an ecological society remains a decisively political question.

John Marshall's Constitutionalism

A study of John Marshall's political thought with special emphasis on his views of constitutional legitimacy, sovereignty, citizenship, and national identity.

Organizing for Transgender Rights

Illuminates transgender activists' successful strategies to organize for social and political change in the US.

Political Power in America

Introduction to American politics and government, intended for students of political science. Provides a critical examination of both political institutions and political behavior.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

Get Things Moving!

Recounts the forgotten but important work of Wayne Coy, the Office for Emergency Management's Liaison Officer, during the early years of World War II.

The Battle over a Civil State

Traces the genealogy of the Western philosophic concept of the civil state, how that concept was assimilated into Egyptian political thought, and how it affected the 2013 coup against President Mursi.

Congress and Diaspora Politics

Studies the impact of lobbying efforts by domestic ethnic groups and foreign governments on US policymaking.

The US Supreme Court and the Centralization of Federal Authority

Traces the US Supreme Court’s effect on federal government growth from the founding era forward.

NATO's Durability in a Post-Cold War World

Examines how NATO has adapted and endured after the end of the Cold War, transforming itself to deal with a host of new security challenges.

Only the People Can Save the People

Examines the egalitarian, creative, and inclusive practice of radical democracy in contemporary Venezuela.

Citizens' Power in Latin America

Examines why some democratic innovations succeed while others fail, using Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile as case studies.

From the Streets to the State

Blends academic and activist perspectives to explore recent emancipatory struggles to win and transform state power.

Religious Zionism and the Settlement Project

An in-depth account of the ideology driving Israel's religious Zionist settler movements since the 1970s.

Because We Are Human

Offers a complete empirical account of US government programs, policies, and interventions outside the United States on behalf of the human rights of LGBTQ people.

A Turbulent South Africa

Highlights the continuing social unrest and public protest occurring in South Africa’s poorest districts.

The Caribbeanization of Black Politics

Examines the continuing ethnic diversification of black America and its impact on black political empowerment.

Ethics and Accountability on the US Supreme Court

Examines the causes and consequences of recusal behavior on the US Supreme Court.

Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010

Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual.

Reluctant Reformer

Tells the untold story of the life and career of Nathan Sanford, a New York State lawyer-politician who capitalized on opportunities created by the new politics of the early Republic to achieve social mobility.

Behind the Facade

Explores why authoritarian regimes bother to hold elections.

Austerity and the Labor Movement

An overview and analysis of austerity policies and labor movement resistance in several countries.

Leo Strauss on Science

The first study of Strauss’s confrontation with modern science and its methods.

Failed State

Shines a light on the dark corners of New York’s legislature and points the way to much-needed reform.

The Phantom of a Polarized America

Indicates how the rightward shift in the ideology of House Republicans has been mistaken for a broader "polarization" of both parties as well as voters.

Rethinking Sexual Citizenship

Offers a more democratic way to think about families, politics, and public life.

New York's Broken Constitution

Examines the significant gaps between what New York State’s constitution says and how the state is actually governed and offers ideas for reform.

Local Party Organizations in the Twenty-First Century

Demonstrates how local political parties have retained a role of critical importance in American politics.

American Politics and the Environment, Second Edition

Examines the role of politics in the environmental policy making process.

Massively Parallel Globalization

Explores how individuals and groups adapt to the challenges of globalization.

Government in the Twilight Zone

Illuminates how local board systems operate and the motivations and experiences of their members.

Disenchanted Realists, Second Edition

New edition of the provocative history of the tenuous relationship between the scientific study of politics and the real world of American democracy.

World Politics at the Edge of Chaos

Comprehensive overview of the inroads made by Complexity Thinking approaches and ideas in the study and practice of world politics.

The New Governance of Welfare States in the United States and Europe

Detailed examination of the territorial and governance dimensions of contemporary welfare reforms in the United States and Europe.

Corporate Power, Oligopolies, and the Crisis of the State

Addresses the power of oligopolistic corporations in contemporary society.

Japanese Diplomacy

Groundbreaking study demonstrating how Japan's leaders play an important role in diplomacy.

Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought

A fresh reading of Oakeshott’s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought.

Unifying the Nation

In-depth examination of a rarely studied article of the United States Constitution.

The Senator from New England

Chronicles JFK’s growing confidence and ambition while a member of the US Senate.

Why Hawks Become Doves

By Guy Ziv
Subjects: Area Studies

Investigates how leaders’ personalities shape important foreign policy shifts.

The Initiative

Examines the origins, spread, and effectiveness of the initiative.

The Losing War

Critical analysis of Plan Colombia, a multibillion dollar US counternarcotics initiative.

Immigrant Protest

Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.

Checking the Courts

Examines and measures the extent to which statutory language affects judicial behavior.

Universal Rights and the Constitution

Innovative examination of the tensions between universal and more uniquely American definitions of cherished rights.

Outsmarting Apartheid

Edited by Daniel Whitman
Introduction by Daniel Whitman
Assisted by Kari Jaksa
Subjects: Politics And Law

Inspiring oral history of the impact of cultural and educational exchange between South Africa and the United States during apartheid.

What Has This Got to Do with the Liberation of Black People?

A compelling intellectual and political study of a leading post–civil rights era African American political theorist and strategist.

Strategic Decision-Making in Presidential Nominations

Seeks to understand and explain the behavior of party elites during the 2008 Democratic Party presidential race.

Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics

Develops an alternative framework for describing and explaining African American politics and the American political system and applies it to a number of case studies.

The Devil Is in the Details

Seeks to explain the causes of ambiguously worded state legislation.

The Recall, Second Edition

In-depth study of the recall, the most important popular device allowing voters to remove unresponsive elected officials from office.

Community, Culture, and Economic Development, Second Edition

Newly updated comparative study of economic development policy, and its relationship with local power structures and cultural and social relations, in two Maryland towns.

Complexity Science and World Affairs

Applies complexity science to the study of international politics.

Doing Democracy

Demonstrates how activists and others use art and popular culture to strive for a more democratic future.

Back in the Game

Chronicles changes in American political party behavior between 1996 and 2008.

The Presidential Leadership Dilemma

Examines how the president balances the competing demands of leading his political party and leading the nation.

Why Europe Is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and Why America Never Will Be)

Offers an analysis of the political economy of care in order to explain how lesbian and gay citizens in Europe benefit from equality more than those in the United States.

Systems of Violence, Second Edition

Expanded new edition of an important study of the protracted violence in Colombia.

Cities for Sale

Examines how US cities have adopted the tactics of public relations and marketing firms to “brand” themselves.

Reproducing Sectarianism

Examines the politics of civil society in modern Lebanon.

Tribal Worlds

Explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.

Interstate Water Compacts

Examines intergovernmental efforts within the United States to manage the nation's water supply.

Party Transformations in European Democracies

Examines existing models of political party transformation and tests them using data from fifteen European countries.

Term Limits and Their Consequences

Comprehensive examination of legislative term limits and how they have changed the American political system.

Becoming a Footnote

Humorous and witty recollections of the author's journey from insecure graduate student to noted activist/scholar.

State-Local Governmental Interactions

Examines the little-explored topic of relations between state governments and their respective local governments.