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Volume 130 - Number 4 - Winter 2015-16
Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics
Jennifer L. Hochschild and KATHERINE LEVINE EINSTEIN explore the impact of citizens’ misinformation on American democratic politics. Examining cases ranging from the invasion of Iraq to refusal to vaccinate children, they find that citizens’ political use of misinformation is harmful and even dangerous. The misinformed are particularly difficult to persuade and a subset of politicians have powerful incentives to keep them that way. Political misinformation, thus, provides a challenge to political and policy choices.
Did Chirac Say ‘Non’? Revisiting UN Diplomacy on Iraq, 2002-03
Stefano Recchia revisits the George W. Bush administration’s attempt in the spring of 2003 to secure UN approval for the Iraq war. Drawing on new evidence from declassiﬁed documents and interviews with senior ofﬁcials, he argues that the administration would have stood a good chance of securing UN approval—notwithstanding French opposition. But the administration had to be willing to postpone the start of military operations by up to six weeks and endorse a set of demanding benchmarks for Iraqi compliance, as proposed by Britain and several nonpermanent members of the Security Council.
Language Dominance, Bilingualism, and Latino Political Participation in the United States
Rodolfo O. de la Garza and Alan Yang analyze voting and political participation patterns of the Latino electorate in the United States. They ﬁnd that Latino bilinguals and the Spanish dominant live in environments that provide them access to more and different information than English dominant Latinos. They argue that this results in their having equal or higher rates of participation and voting.
Power and Risk in Foreign Policy: Understanding China’s Crisis Behavior
Kai He discusses China’s foreign policy and responses to crises under former General Secretary Hu Jintao. He argues that when Chinese leaders perceive that their political survival is threatened they are more likely to exhibit risky behavior in terms of foreign policy. He discusses how these ﬁndings could inform our understanding of China’s current and future foreign policy orientation.
Does Strategic Planning Matter? The Outcomes of U.S. National Security Reviews
Jordan Tama examines the outcomes of U.S. strategic reviews in the area of national security. He ﬁnds that reviews rarely generate major strategic change without an external shock and direct presidential involvement. But quadrennial reviews by government agencies can still serve as valuable tools for leading and managing complex bureaucracies.
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Presidential Policies on Terrorism: From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, Donna G. Starr-Deelen
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz FREE
The Next Great War? The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.–China Conflict, Steven E. Miller and Richard N. Rosecrance
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell FREE
Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War, C. CHRISTINE FAIR
Reviewed by Feroz Hassan Khan
Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, Reese Erlich
Reviewed by HICHAM BOU NASSIF FREE
Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise, Stephen M. Caliendo
Reviewed by Katherine Levine Einstein
The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age, Russell Muirhead
Reviewed by Marija Anna Bekafigo
Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming, David M. Konisky and Stephen Ansolabehere
Reviewed by SARAH PRALLE
On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Norton Smith
Reviewed by Gerald Benjamin
Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers, Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman
Reviewed by Jordan M. Ragusa
The Impression of Influence: Legislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability, Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood and Solomon Messing
Reviewed by Scot Schraufnagel
Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics, John C. Green, David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flake
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