Volume 132 - Number 3 - Fall 2017

Chinese Thinking on the South China Sea and the Future of Regional Security
FENG ZHANG finds that the ongoing debates among diverse Chinese actors and interest groups, suggest that China has not developed a distinct or coherent strategy toward the South China Sea. He argues that the future of Chinese policy remains dependent upon the outcome of this debate and the interactions between China and other countries involved in the region.

pp. 435-466

Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act, Daniel Béland
Reviewed by Michael K. Gusmano

pp. 551-553

Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order, Hal Brands
Reviewed by TOM LONG

pp. 553-555

Presidential Power: Theories and Dilemmas, John P. Burke
Reviewed by Diane J. Heith

pp. 556-558

Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics Is Transforming China’s Weapons Buildup and Modernization, Susan Turner Haynes
Reviewed by David Bachman

pp. 559-561

Volume 132 - Number 2 - Summer 2017

The President’s Daily Brief: Managing the Relationship between Intelligence and the Policymaker
ADRIAN WOLFBERG examines the roles of intelligence officers who present the President’s Daily Brief to the nation’s most senior policymakers. He argues that these officers add to the political landscape by contextualizing meta-information, that is, information about information, that only they can acquire and convey. He concludes that PDB briefers operate as a parallel organization to the intelligence community.

pp. 225-258

America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century, William C. Wohlforth
Reviewed by Robert Jervis

pp. 347-348

The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus, Kevin P. Gallagher
Reviewed by R. EVAN ELLIS

pp. 355-356

Populism’s Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America, Laura Grattan
Reviewed by PAUL STOB

pp. 367-369

The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy, Seth E. Masket
Reviewed by DANIEL DISALVO

pp. 369-370

The Future of Financial Regulation: Who Should Pay for the Failure of American and European Banks?, Johan A. Lybeck
Reviewed by Kevin Young

pp. 375-376

Volume 132 - Number 1 - Spring 2017

When Do the Rich Win?
J. ALEXANDER BRANHAM, STUART N. SOROKA, and Christopher Wlezien examine the influence of economic “haves” and “have-nots” on public policy decisions in the United States. They find that the middle class, the rich, and the poor almost always agree on policies. When they disagree, the rich win only slightly more often. They conclude that the rich may matter more than they seemingly should but they do not dominate policymaking.

pp. 43-62

The New Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev
Reviewed by Archie Brown

pp. 151-152

American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy, Christopher Hemmer
Reviewed by PETER HARRIS

pp. 161-162

The Workfare State: Public Assistance Politics from the New Deal to the New Democrats, Eva Bertram
Reviewed by SARA E. DAHILL-BROWN

pp. 168-170

Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction, Samara Klar
Reviewed by CHRIS BAYLOR

pp. 191-192

Volume 131 - Number 4 - Winter 2016–17

Why Presidents Sometimes Do Not Use Intelligence Information
Patrick S. Roberts and Robert P. Saldin identify reasons why presidents sometimes do not use intelligence information. They argue that presidents may opt for “opacity” so as not to act on intelligence information that could upset the global strategic balance or their foreign policy interests. They discuss this phenomenon using as a case study the alleged Israeli-South African nuclear test in 1979.

pp. 779-802

Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US–China Rivalry, Lyle J. Goldstein
Reviewed by ANDREW J. NATHAN

pp. 849-851

Russia and the New World Disorder, Bobo Lo
Reviewed by Mark N. Katz

pp. 851-853

In It to Win: Electing Madam President, Lori Cox Han
Reviewed by KELLY DITTMAR

pp. 859-860

A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s–1990s, Nancy Woloch
Reviewed by VANESSA MAY

pp. 897-899

Volume 131 - Number 3 - Fall 2016

Decision Making in Using Assassinations in International Relations
Warner R. Schilling and JONATHAN L. SCHILLING analyze how leaders weigh the costs and benefits of using assassination to advance their foreign policy interests. They conclude that the decision-making process is prone to bias, especially when dependent on the identity of the likely successor.

pp. 503-539

Scalia: A Court of One, Bruce Allen Murphy
Reviewed by WILLIAM P. MARSHALL

pp. 632-634

Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation, Lawrence Jacobs
Reviewed by SHOON MURRAY

pp. 635-636

Conflict In Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War Order, Rajan Menon
Reviewed by CHARLES R. WISE

pp. 646-648

Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars, Aaron Rapport
Reviewed by James A. Russell

pp. 653-654
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