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In Local Hands

The first comprehensive study of village government formation and dissolution in New York State.

Technical Communication for Environmental Action

This collection engages scholars and practicioners in a conversation about the ways that Technical Communication has contributed to pragmatic and democratic actions to address climate change.

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.

A New American Labor Movement

Describes how new kinds of direct-action labor movements are emerging to reshape American labor activism in the twenty-first century.

Capitalism for All

Demonstrates that a true liberal capitalism has the capacity to enable personal well-being while dealing with new challenges such as pandemics, climate change, and automation.

A Postcolonial Relationship

Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.

Ecology on the Ground and in the Clouds

Follows Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland as they travel together in South America and then go their separate ways, in the process illustrating two very different ways of understanding humanity's place in the natural world.

Inside the Green Lobby

A veteran environmental lobbyist reveals the behind-the-scenes struggles to address threats to the future of New York's Adirondack Park.

Imagining the Fed

Traces the six-decade struggle for power within the Federal Reserve System from the perspective of the central bankers who shaped the Fed.

Supporting Shrinkage

Demonstrates how residents can play a leading role in the positive transformation of their communities in the face of economic and population decline.

America in Denial

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

Meander

Draws on the author's own experiences as a watershed planner, teacher, and activist to tell the story of the Great Lakes region's experiment in restoring a complicated natural system of flowing water.

Taxation in Utopia

An interdisciplinary exploration of utopian political philosophy from the neglected perspective of taxation.

The Ideology of Civic Engagement

Examines the organization, regulation, and enactment of civic engagement within AmeriCorps, an American volunteer service program.

Pharmapolitics in Russia

Documents the surprising role pharmaceutical science and technology has played in Russia’s search for national identity over a century of political turbulence.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

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

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.

Higher Education for Democracy

Uses a cross-national comparison of Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Hong Kong to develop strategies universities should employ to strengthen democracy and resist fascism.

Self-Direction

Relates how the self-direction movement was developed, the research that supports it, how the model has spread across the country and the globe, and recommendations and prospects for the future.

Civilization and Barbarism

Challenges the established corrections paradigm and argues for replacing mass incarceration with a viable and more humane alternative.

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment

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

See America

The first history of the US Travel Bureau, which set the precedent for federal involvement in promoting tourism and travel, an activity which continues today.

Breaking Boundaries

Analyzes efforts made by communities and policy makers around the world to push beyond conventional approaches to environmental decision making.

Walkable Cities

Examines how cities of various sizes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are making walkability improvements a part of their overall urban revitalization strategy.

The Art of the Watchdog

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

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Racial Inequality in New York City since 1965

A comprehensive exploration of racial inequality in New York City since 1965.

Adventures in Sustainablec Urbanism

Opens up new ways of thinking about and debating the consequences of sustainable urbanism as it moves from planning to practice.

Fearless

Biography of the early years of A. Bartlett Giamatti, who would become Yale University’s first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Facing toward the Dawn

Examines the history of the Italian anarchist movement in New London, Connecticut.

Property Rights in Contemporary Governance

Examines how our diverse understandings of property impact real-world governing strategies.

Organizing for Transgender Rights

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

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.

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.

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many handsome and significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.

Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development, Second Edition

Examines the many issues raised by TIF, the most widely used tool of local economic and community development.

Janus Democracy

Explores the contradictory nature of public opinion.

Dimensions of Blackness

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

The New Welfare Consensus

Discusses the conservative ideological and political attack on welfare in the United States.

Congress and Diaspora Politics

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

From the Streets to the State

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

Contractual Politics and the Institutionalization of Bureaucratic Influence

Analyzes long-term interest group/party alliances, with a focus on the part played by federal advisory committees.

Cities under Austerity

Edited by Mark Davidson & Kevin Ward
Subjects: Politics And Law

Examines the ways in which austerity policies are transforming US cities.

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.

Energy, the Modern State, and the American World System

Examines political authority in the modern era as a function of specific energy politics.

Poor Joshua

Tells the story of a tragic Supreme Court decision involving child abuse and what might be done to rectify it.

American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions

Uncovers the politics involved when a city recruits and implements a presidential convention.

Ethics and Accountability on the US Supreme Court

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

Towards Continental Environmental Policy?

Examines the challenges of environmental governance in contemporary North America.

The History of Here

How the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany, New York, changed and grew, as reflected in the history of one house and the lives of its residents.

The Politics of Persuasion

Examines how the US media covers high-profile public policy issues in the context of competing claims about media bias.

Understanding Immigration

Undergraduate-level textbook introducing students to the factors which define immigration politics in the United States and Europe.

Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea

By Jiso Yoon
Subjects: Public Policy

Reveals how policymaking traditions prior to democratization continue to resonate within current South Korean public policy advocacy practices.

International Disaster Management Ethics

Responds to the demanding political and ethical challenges faced by the international disaster management community.

From Italy to the North End

Documents the arc of the Italian American immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

Figures of Memory

Explores how the USHMM and other museums and memorials both displace and disturb the memories that they are trying to commemorate.

Rethinking Sexual Citizenship

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

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.

Urban Citizenship and American Democracy

Examines city politics and policy, federalism, and democracy in the United States.

Elder Care Journey

Combining expert knowledge and first-hand experience, a noted elder care researcher confronts the long-distance care of her own mother.

American Politics and the Environment, Second Edition

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

Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan

Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.

Privatizing the Polity

Presents evidence that the expansion of welfare privatization makes it harder for people to move out of poverty in large numbers.

Machiavelli's Secret

Uncovers clues regarding the inner life of Machiavelli's political leaders.

The Philosopher-Lobbyist

The history of John Dewey's leadership of the progressive People's Lobby.

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.

Unifying the Nation

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

Disaster Emergency Management

Examines how public officials in the US, China, Japan, and Indonesia have interacted with communities affected by natural disasters.

Southern Life, Northern City

The inspirational story of an African American community that migrated from the Deep South to Albany, New York, in the 1930s.

Thirsty City

By Skye Borden
Subjects: Public Policy

Explores the evolution of Atlanta's water system and charts the poor urban planning decisions that created the city's current water shortage.

Immigrant Protest

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

Creating Sustainable Communities

Explores efforts aimed at creating sustainable communities throughout the Hudson River region.

Government Budgeting

Practitioner-oriented sampling of the major tools used to deal with current public-sector fiscal issues.

Bridges

A multidisciplinary and accessible introduction to humanity’s favorite structure: the bridge.

Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic

Documents how energy resource acquisition has been the driving motivator for European and American international relations.

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.

Jamestown, New York

A comprehensive guide to the architectural history of Jamestown, New York.

Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development, Second Edition

Updated second edition examining how the real estate industry and federal housing policy have facilitated the development of racial residential segregation.

Envisioning Sociology

Examines the continuing relevance of early British sociologists Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and their associates.

Cities for Sale

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

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition

Revised and updated edition that analyses how the Office of National Drug Control Policy employs statistics to misleadingly claim the War on Drugs is a success.

Energy and Empire

Reveals the role played by political and economic elites in the privileging of civilian commercial nuclear energy over other options, such as solar, in the United States after 1945.

Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers

A comprehensive examination of the relationship between higher education, state government, and economic development.

Precipice or Crossroads?

Comprehensive treatment of the challenges faced by America’s public research universities, and of what those challenges may mean for the nation.

Tax Cheating

An examination of the ethical issues surrounding tax cheating and implications for public policy.

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.

Fighting for Our Health

Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.

Water Pollution Policies and the American States

A fresh perspective on American water pollution policy

Critical Urban Studies

Essays reevaluating and challenging the critiques of the urban studies field

Rethinking Contemporary Warfare

Examines the combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the Al-Aqsa Intifada in order to offer a set of innovative concepts for understanding irregular warfare.

The Creation of a Federal Partnership

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

Comparative Public Budgeting

Holistic, comparative analysis of multiple budget systems and contexts.

Coping with Terrorism

A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism

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.

Concurring Opinion Writing on the U.S. Supreme Court

Analysis of concurrent opinion writing by Supreme Court justices.

Splintered Accountability

Detailed study of how real education reform works.

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.