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Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015
The German Rescue of the Eurozone: How Germany Is Getting the Europe It Always Wanted
David Art examines Germany’s role in managing the Eurozone crisis. He ﬁnds that Chancellor Angela Merkel has used the crisis to reassert long-standing German preferences on ﬁscal and monetary policy. He argues that the German rescue of the Eurozone has thus come on German terms and constitutes a major institutional redesign of the European Union.
Understanding International Partnership: The Complicated Rapprochement between the United States and Brazil
Javier Corrales studies the rapprochement between the United States and Brazil in an effort to develop a theory about international partnerships. He contends that power transitions can offer new incentives for cooperation so long as the existing power faces greater security threats in other regions of the world and the rising power meets certain tests of reliability.
Generals and Autocrats: How Coup-Proofing Predetermined the Military Elite’s Behavior in the Arab Spring
HICHAM BOU NASSIF analyzes the behavior of the military elite in Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia during the Arab Spring. He argues that the different reactions of the military elite to the call of autocrats for support remains one of the fundamental puzzles of the Arab Spring. He identiﬁes the factors that determined whether the military elite had a vested interest in the status quo and the capacity to defend it.
Vested Interests and Political Institutions
TERRY M. MOE maintains that vested interests need to be brought to the center of the theory of political institutions. He sets out some basic theoretical building blocks that bear on their behavior, power, and institutional consequences. He then applies these general arguments to the case of American education reform.
Ignorant Mobs or Rational Actors? Understanding Support for Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”
PASCAL LUPIEN addresses the presumption of irrationality of the poor and the resurgence of populism in Latin America. He considers the perspectives of supporters of the late Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.” He ﬁnds that their support is based on concrete, tangible beneﬁts and that they view political developments with a more critical eye than they are generally given credit for.
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The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East, Juan Cole
Reviewed by Marc Lynch
The Rise and Fall of Intelligence: An International Security History, Michael Warner
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz
The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress, Sean M. Theriault
Reviewed by GERALD C. WRIGHT FREE
The Death of Deliberation: Partisanship and Polarization in the United States Senate, James I. Wallner
Reviewed by GREGORY KOGER
Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order, Eric Helleiner
Reviewed by Benjamin J. Cohen
Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics, Ricardo Ramírez
Reviewed by Rodolfo O. de la Garza
Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism, Louise I. Shelley
Reviewed by Peter Andreas
Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate, Ken Hughes
Reviewed by MARK D. NEVIN
The Dollar and National Security: The Monetary Components of Hard Power, Paul Viotti
Reviewed by Daniel W. Drezner
Political Power and Economic Inequality: A Comparative Policy Approach, Charles F. Andrain
Reviewed by EKREM KARAKOC
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