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State-Local Governmental Interactions

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

The Politics of Parenthood

Traces the rising emphasis on parenthood in contemporary American politics.

Interstate Cooperation, Second Edition

First in-depth examination of the various forms of interstate cooperation and their central role promoting a successful federal system of government in the United States.

Two Sides of a Barricade

Investigates how activists confront global powers with their street-level dissent.

Governing New York State, Sixth Edition

Comprehensive overview of New York State’s politics, political institutions, and major public policies.

The Obama Presidency

Lively and engaging essays covering President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy, governing style, and character.

The Federal Government and Urban Housing, Third Edition

A comprehensive history of U.S. housing policy that illuminates the political struggles that have accompanied the nation’s effort to assist those citizens who are in desperate need of decent, affordable housing.

Global Governance, Global Government

Edited by Luis Cabrera
Subjects: Politics And Law

Puts commentators on Global government in conversation about their often provocative global institutional visions.

Out of the East

Chronicles how the SED, a once villified political party, transformed itself into a viable national political party.

Water Pollution Policies and the American States

A fresh perspective on American water pollution policy

Horizontal Federalism

Provides detailed information and an analysis of interstate relations, and advances recommendations to improve the economic and political union.

Reading Kant's Geography

Perspectives on Kant's teachings on geography and how they relate his understanding of the world.

Coping with Terrorism

A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism

Comparative Public Budgeting

Holistic, comparative analysis of multiple budget systems and contexts.

Critical Urban Studies

Essays reevaluating and challenging the critiques of the urban studies field

The Creation of a Federal Partnership

New perspective on state-level housing policy, how its role has grown in relation to the federal role.

Regulating the Business of Insurance in a Federal System

Analysis on a dual insurance regulation system and its effectiveness relevant to the current system of regulation.

The Beach Beneath the Streets

Examines New York City as a paradigmatic example of the tensions between privatization and public uses of space in the contemporary U.S.

Affirmative Action in Antidiscrimination Law and Policy

Provides a comprehensive and even-handed overview of the very contentious subject of affirmative action.

Educating Democracy

Revisionist analysis of the role of strong leadership in democracies, drawing primarily upon the work of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Proving Up

Uses the interdisciplinary approach of evolutionary economics to explore the history of land domestication in the United States.

The Promise of Democracy

Presentation of a new, ethical vision of democracy built around self-rule, civic education, and ethical cultivation.

Concurring Opinion Writing on the U.S. Supreme Court

Analysis of concurrent opinion writing by Supreme Court justices.

Globalizing Justice

Essays assessing the impact of globalization on law and court systems across the world.

Splintered Accountability

Detailed study of how real education reform works.

The Other Side of Gridlock

A detailed study of political gridlock in Congress, offering an alternative perspective for evaluating its persistence and charting a course for change.

Defenders of Liberty or Champions of Security?

Examines the critical role assumed by the U. S. judiciary in balancing concerns about national security with the protection of liberty after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


An insightful reassessment of the relationship between the U. S. Congress and the states.

The Challenges of Global Business Authority

An astute assessment of democratic principles and decision-making structures in the global business world.

Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System

Studies the Federal Home Loan Bank System, how it has changed over time and why

Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same

Systematically illustrates the inescapable racism of American conservatism.

Tales from the Sausage Factory

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York's legislature was once the nation's model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present dysfunction.

Getting a Poor Return

Examines competing claims and beliefs about the American legal system in the area of tax policy and tax enforcement.

The Man Who Saved New York

A dramatic and colorful portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable governors, Hugh L. Carey, with emphasis on his leadership during the fiscal crisis of 1975.

Sound-Bite Saboteurs

Argues that the reliance on sound bites in recent political discourse is harmful to the democratic process.

The Lebanese Army

Comprehensive study of the Lebanese Army from Lebanon’s independence to the present.

Universal Preschool

Examines recent trends in state-funded preschool education.

Rights, Remedies, and the Impact of State Sovereign Immunity

Engaging case studies on the impact of state sovereign immunity on both plaintiffs and states.

Democracy as Culture

Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.

The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato

Argues for the contemporary importance of Thucydides and Plato for both democratic political theory and democratic citizens.

The Politics of Identity

Makes the surprising claim that identity politics can facilitate rather than undermine worker solidarity.

Public Opinion and the Rehnquist Court

Examines the complex relationship between American public opinion and the U. S. Supreme Court.

Against the State

Irreverent and incisive critique of liberal theories of the state.

Transitions and Consolidation of Democracy in Africa

Examines the transitions to democracy in Africa.

State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 3

Nationally recognized experts analyze how states deal with major constitutional issues.

North Korea under Kim Jong Il

Examines internal changes in North Korea under the expanding rule of Kim Jong Il.

State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 1

The first systematic analysis of the obstacles to state constitutional reform.

State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 2

Identifies problems reformers face in drafting or amending state constitutions.

Globalization, Security, and the Nation State

Explores the impact of globalization on the conduct of international affairs.

Identity Matters

Blends memoir and scholarship to provide a moving and sometimes unsettling look at how academic discourse affects the cultural values and identities that students bring into the writing classroom.

Walls and Bridges

A fresh and easy-to-understand examination of some of America's most challenging social issues.

Africa Through Ghanaian Lenses

Edited by Samuel E. Quainoo
Subjects: Area Studies

A collection of lectures delivered during the Fulbright Hays Scholar program in Ghana.

Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms

Argues that social equity and legal justice are possible even in the absence of universal political norms.

Foundations and Public Policy

Documents how even progressive foundations serve to reinforce the political status quo.

Groupthink or Deadlock

Argues that too much advice can lead to policy deadlock depending on leadership style.

Judicial Review in State Supreme Courts

Unveils the considerable policy-making powers of state supreme courts.

Choosing Where to Fight

Examines how organized labor has decided where to pursue its interests.

Global Limits

Explores the limits of Kantian approaches to the study of international affairs.

Institutional Constraints and Policy Choice

Demonstrates how governmental structure and institutional rules determine who gets what in American cities.

Sport, Nationalism, and Globalization

Explores the relationship between sport and national identities within the context of globalization in the modern era.

No Miracles Here

Compares urban revitalization efforts in two cities with failing industrial bases, one in the United States and the other in Japan.

Foreign Policy and the Black (Inter)national Interest

Examines African American influence on United States foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.

Technology and Capital in the Age of Lean Production

The first defense of Marxian political economy against the common interest claims of "lean production. "

Filled with Spirit and Power

Explores the many factors shaping the level of political involvement displayed by urban Protestant clergy.

Political Theory and Partisan Politics

Renowned theorists address the interconnections between those who engage in political struggle and those who study it.

Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair

Builds upon the narratives of community development activists to describe how they bring about affordable, quality housing, commercial opportunities and empowerment within poor areas.

On Narrow Ground

Uses case studies of Jerusalem and Belfast to explore how cities function in the midst of nationalistic conflict.

Regulating Wetlands Protection

Wetlands are a valuable natural resource, yet over 200,000 acres are destroyed in the United States per year. This book examines whether states should assume the role of protecting wetlands rather than the federal government.

The Sometime Connection

Explores the role that public opinion plays in the development of social policy in the United States.

God Versus Caesar

Reviews the judicial development of the free exercise of religion clause.

Speech and Political Practice

Argues that rebuilding ethical communities will require a cultural reorientation from visually dominated to oral/aural experience and develops a speech-based conception of moral place that can set limits on the actions of individuals and communities.

Democracy and the Policy Sciences

Examines how a more democratic, participatory policy analysis could be conceptualized in theory and administered in practice.

Impartiality in Context

Assesses critically the work of Rawls, Walzer, and Habermas and presents a theory of justice that responds to two senses of pluralism.

Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking

Presents alternative and often opposing viewpoints on the major national and international environmental controversies that will be with us well into the twenty-first century.

The American Presidency Under Siege

Attributes the failure of the modern presidency to the development of a political system that inherently impedes creative leadership, and offers prescriptive measures to restore the governing capacity of the president.

Global Convulsions

Addresses issues concerning race, ethnicity, and nationlism in both their domestic and international dimension.

Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance

Explores the growing role of global civil society and local environmental activism in the management and protection of the environment worldwide.

The Politics of Expertise in Congress

Examines the relationship between technical experts and elected officials, challenging the prevailing view about how experts become politicized by the policy process.

Creative Individualism

Constructs a cohesive picture of political theorist C. B. Macpherson's democratic vision, arguing that Macpherson's central message regarding the economic prerequisites of democracy is just as relevant today as when he first presented it.

Putting Choice Before Democracy

Shows how rational choice theory's critique and justification of democracy fails in its project to recast democratic theory.

Abortion Rates in the United States

Demonstrates that individual state policies on abortion closely reflect public opinion in that state and affect abortion rates, whereas national policy and policy changes have no real effect on abortion rates.

Israel in Comparative Perspective

Challenges the social-science image of Israel as a historical peculiarity by situating Israel's history in comparative context; by building bridges between Israel and other Middle Eastern states; and by using the Israeli case to reconsider existing social science theories and correct common misperceptions about the comparative method.

The Trace of Political Representation

A philosophical analysis of the discourses, practices, and effects of representation in political institutions, focusing on American democracy.

Tocqueville's Civil Religion

Sanford Kessler offers a provocative and timely analysis of Alexis de Tocqueville's views on the relationship between Christianity and American democracy. These views are central to Tocqueville's discussions ...

Politics and Public Policy in Hawai'i

Hawai'i is of special interest as a state because its history differs so greatly from that of the other United States and because its social and political institutions are unique. It is, for example, ...

A Decade of Deficits

Since 1980, the national agenda and the attention of Congress have been focused on federal budget deficits. This is the first book, however, to examine how lawmakers think about fiscal problems and to ...


Wildfire is a wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary study of the "other side" of Israeli public life. Because the governmental service systems work poorly, and political protest has proved to be largely ineffective, ...

Liberty and Community

This book examines the competing visions of liberty and community in Canada. Focusing attention on constitutional debate in Ontario after the Confederation of 1867, the author shows how the defenders ...

The Death of Industrial Civilization

The Death of Industrial Civilization explains how the contemporary ecological crisis within industrial society is caused by the values inherent in unlimited economic growth and competitive materialism. ...

Supremely Political

Drawing upon revealing and generally unpublished presidential papers associated with Lyndon Johnson's ill-fated nomination of Abe Fortas, and Richard Nixon's failed designations of Clement F. Haynsworth ...

The Influence of the Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations on American Foreign Policy

Examines the generally unrecognized role played by these foundations in support of US foreign policy.

The State in Socialist Society

Edited by Neil Harding
Subjects: Politics And Law

The focus of all the essays in this collection is the problem of state power in Communist regimes. The problematic nature of the relationship between state and society has troubled the marxist tradition ...

Running in the Red

This case study of a politically reformed, middle-sized Midwestern city provides a model of fiscal stress that contrasts sharply with that of America's vast metropolitan centers. Dr. Rubin examines the ...