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Volume 132 - Number 4 - Winter 2017–18

Down with the Southern Cross: Opinions on the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina
SCOTT H. HUFFMON, H. GIBBS KNOTTS, and SETH C. MCKEE analyze the significant shift in public opinion among South Carolinians toward the Confederate battle flag, after the shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in the summer of 2015. They argue that the shooting served as the catalyst that galvanized public opinion to support the removal of the flag flying on a Confederate memorial.


 

Volume 132 - Number 3 - Fall 2017

The Racial Gap in Wait Times: Why Minority Precincts Are Underserved by Local Election Officials
STEPHEN PETTIGREW demonstrates that voters in mostly minority electoral precincts wait considerably longer than those in predominantly white precincts. He finds that a considerable amount of this racial gap can be attributed to logistical decisions made by local election officials.


 

Volume 132 - Number 3 - Fall 2017

Making America Grate Again: The “Italianization” of American Politics and the Future of Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Donald J. Trump
DAVID G. HAGLUND, MARCO CLEMENTI, and ANDREA LOCATELLI reflect on analogies drawn between President Donald Trump and two Italian counterparts: Benito Mussolini and Silvio Berlusconi. They conclude that while the former is widely off the mark, the latter provides some insight. They argue that a Berlusconi type Trump administration will prove challenging for transatlantic relations.


 

Volume 132 - Number 2 - Summer 2017

The Mediating Effect of Authoritarianism on Immigrant Access to TANF: A State-Level Analysis
JASON E. KEHRBERG discusses the effects of authoritarianism in American states and specifically on immigrant access to TANF. He uses an original measure of authoritarianism and concludes that states with authoritarian populations are more likely to deny immigrants access to welfare benefits.


 

Volume 132 - Number 2 - Summer 2017

Debating War Powers: Battles in the Clinton and Obama Administrations
SARAH BURNS challenges the concept that presidential overreach has eroded the separation of powers in the realm of warfare. She argues that rather than causing the erosion, presidents have responded to Congress’s reluctance to deliberate about military affairs. They have relied increasingly on questionable legal justifications from executive branch lawyers.


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.


 

Volume 132 - Number 1 - Spring 2017

The Triumph of Polarized Partisanship in 2016: Donald Trump’s Improbable Victory
Gary C. Jacobson discusses the reasons Donald Trump’s victory was so improbable, considers why he won anyway, and speculates about what this portends for national politics going forward. He also analyzes the 2016 congressional elections. He finds them, by comparison, uneventful, but with results that confirm the thoroughly partisan, president-centered, and polarized nature of contemporary American electoral politics.


 

Volume 131 - Number 4 - Winter 2016–17

Presidential Signing Statements and Lawmaking Credit
KEVIN EVANS and BRYAN MARSHALL analyze “signing statements” from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush and find that presidents are more likely to give credit to members of Congress for legislative accomplishments when political conditions make bill passage difficult. They show that presidents strategically share credit with key coalition members, party leaders, co-partisans, and senators in order to support their coalition and party-building needs in Congress.


 

Volume 131 - Number 3 - Fall 2016

The Steady Leadership of George H.W. Bush: A Review Essay of Destiny and Power
Meena Bose reviews Jon Meacham’s biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. She ?nds that Bush’s diplomatic expertise and collegial leadership style raise important questions about the role of the presidency in the American political system.


 

Volume 131 - Number 3 - Fall 2016

The Impact of Voter Fraud Claims on Voter Registration Reform Legislation
MARGARET GROARKE examines the impact that claims of voter fraud has had on three cases of voter registration reforms in the United States. She argues that the opposition that these legislative efforts faced is best understood as a partisan strategy to redistribute the electorate.


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