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Volume 129 - Number 4 - Winter 2014-15
Report X Marks the Spot: The British Government’s Deceptive Dossier on Iraq and WMD
Eric Herring and PIERS ROBINSON evaluate the British government’s claims for war against Iraq through a critical evaluation of the Iraq Dossier, which was published in September 2002. They argue that government ofﬁcials, through intentional distortion and exaggeration of intelligence, pursued a campaign of deceptive organized political persuasion.
Presidential Reelection Fundraising from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama
BRENDAN J. DOHERTY analyzes President Obama’s unprecedented reelection fundraising. He discusses the implications of these developments for governance, for the president’s role as party leader, for Obama’s second term in the White House, and for future presidents.
U.S. House Incumbent Fundraising and Spending in a Post-Citizens United and Post-McCutcheon World
Eric S. Heberlig and BRUCE A. LARSON examine how the changing campaign ﬁnance landscape affects the resources available to those who consider running for political ofﬁce. As incumbents running for the U.S. House of Representatives distribute more funds among themselves, less gets shared with potential new recruits.
Sanctions, Regime Type, and Democratization: Lessons from U.S.–Central American Relations in the 1980s
C. WILLIAM WALLDORF, JR. discusses sanctions and their effectiveness to promote democracy and human rights. He draws from a set of historical cases in Latin America and argues that his ﬁndings have direct policy implications for present day sanctions against countries like Burma and Syria.
Clientelism with Chinese Characteristics: Local Patronage Networks in Post-Reform China
WOOYEAL PAIK and RICHARD BAUM argue that a growing number of Chinese feel frustrated by and alienated from local government agencies. They argue that clientelist alliances constitute a growing threat to the stability of the Chinese Communist party.
Perspectives on Higher Education and the American Dream: A Review Essay
C. ANTHONY BROH reviews Suzanne Mettler’s Degrees of Inequality and discusses the participation of private, for-proﬁt institutions in higher education. He ﬁnds that several admissions and ﬁnancial aid practices in all sectors of higher education stratify family choices while perpetuating economic inequality.
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Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens
Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Stone FREE
More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures, Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu
Reviewed by Karen Beckwith
Financing Medicaid: Federalism and the Growth of America’s Health Care Safety Net, Shanna Rose
Reviewed by Frank J. Thompson FREE
Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, Christina M. Greer
Reviewed by Wilbur C. Rich FREE
The Pathologies of Power: Fear, Honor, Glory, and Hubris in U.S. Foreign Policy, Christopher J. Fettweis
No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad, Daniel S. Markey
Reviewed by Sumit Ganguly
Whose Rights? Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion, Clem Brooks and Jeff Manza
Reviewed by SHANA KUSHNER GADARIAN
Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century, Joseph F. Kett
Reviewed by S. ADAM SEAGRAVE
Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition, Lewis Perry
Reviewed by CHARLES DISALVO
Fictive Kinship, Catherine Lee
Reviewed by PETER J. SPIRO
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The China Card: Playing Politics with Sino-American Relations Peter Trubowitz and Jungkun Seo examine how and when China emerged as a “hot button” issue in American politics. They show that the politicization of Sino-American relations has had as much to do with geopolitical considerations as well as electoral strategizing in the United States.
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Candidate Selection Process
With the 2014 Congressional elections approaching, the Academy of Political Science and Political Science Quarterly present an online symposium focused on the candidate selection process. The scope of the articles included in the symposium is threefold: review the reasons why candidate recruiting is so critical to the success of political parties; evaluate how candidates assess personal and political choices and the way in which ambition endures over time; and, examine how the changing campaign finance landscape affects the resources available to those who consider running for political office.
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