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Volume 129 - Number 3 - Fall 2014
Political Engagement by Wealthy Americans
FAY LOMAX COOK, BENJAMIN I. PAGE, and RACHEL L. MOSKOWITZ examine the political behavior of wealthy Americans—those with income or wealth in the top 1 percent. They ﬁnd that the top 1 percent are exceptionally active in politics and discuss the implications of such high rates of participation for democratic policy making.
Authoritarianism and Democracy in Muslim Countries: Rentier States and Regional Diffusion
AHMET T. KURU analyses why most of the 49 Muslim-majority countries are authoritarian. He challenges explanations that point to Islam, the absence of secularism, patriarchy, and Arab exceptionalism as causes.
Candidate Emergence Revisited: The Lingering Effects of Recruitment, Ambition, and Successful Prospects among House Candidates
L. Sandy Maisel and WALTER STONE identify the sources of political ambition of potential congressional candidates. They ﬁnd that potential candidates are inﬂuenced by their perceived prospects for success, by their ambition for a congressional career, and by the costs associated with running for congress.
China and Taiwan: Balance of Rivalry with Weapons of Mass Democratization
Andrew Scobell discusses the ongoing rivalry between China and Taiwan. He explains why Beijing continues to view Taipei as a serious rival despite the growing hard power imbalance in China’s favor. He argues that Beijing’s concern appears focused on the potency of Taipei’s soft power—Taiwan’s emergence as a vibrant participatory democracy.
Identity Politics and Foreign Policy: Taiwan’s Relations with China and Japan, 1895–2012
Yinan He explores how identity narratives have shaped Taiwan’s foreign policy toward China and Japan. The author argues that the political discourse of the two “others” deﬁning Taiwan’s national identity has been frequently employed by political elites battling over whom the Taiwanese are and where their future lies. She claims that Taiwan’s neutrality depends upon Beijing maintaining a moderate approach toward Taiwan and upon stable Sino-Japanese relations.
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Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy, Rahul Sagar
Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Stone FREE
Take Up Your Pen: Unilateral Presidential Directives in American Politics, Graham G. Dodds
Reviewed by WILLIAM P. MARSHALL
Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, Peter Baker
Reviewed by Michael Nelson
The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688–2012, Sidney Tarrow
Reviewed by JOHN KRINSKY
American Umpire, Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Reviewed by Meena Bose
The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The Changing Politics of School Reform, Jeffrey R. Henig
Reviewed by Terry M. Moe FREE
The Adversary First Amendment: Free Expression and the Foundation of American Democracy, Martin H. Redish
Reviewed by Mark A. Graber
Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice, Martin Johnson and Kevin Arceneaux
Reviewed by Robert Y. Shapiro FREE
Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln, Fred I. Greenstein
Reviewed by Matthew J. Dickinson
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