Volume 127 - Number 4 - Winter 2012-2013
The Paradox of Islam’s Future
RAYMOND W. BAKER argues that although violent extremism flows from radical Islamic movements, the Islamic mainstream has effectively adapted to the globalized world and will shape the future of Islam in ways open to principled accommodation with the West. He claims that mainstream assertiveness, unencumbered by Western interference, provides the most effective way to counter destructive radicalism.
Volume 127 - Number 3 - Fall 2012
From Litigation to Legislation in Tobacco Politics: The Surrender of Philip Morris
Martha Derthick asks why it was possible for Congress to enact regulation of tobacco manufacture in 2009 after many years of indulging the industry. She finds the explanation in the rise of opposition to the industry in the Democratic Party and the embrace of regulation by Philip Morris, the major manufacturer, which was seeking safety and stability after repeated assaults from an array of public and private actors in legislatures, courts, and the media.
Volume 127 - Number 2 - Summer 2012
Skeletons in White House Closets: A Discussion of Modern Presidential Scandals
SCOTT BASINGER and Brandon Rottinghaus list and classify presidential scandals occurring since 1972. They examine the different types of scandals and analyze news coverage of these scandals and their durations. They conclude that a small, unrepresentative set of scandals accounts for most news coverage, generating the misperception of scandals as drawn-out affairs involving large numbers of officials.
Volume 126 - Number 4 - Winter 2011-12
America's Grace: How a Tolerant Nation Bridges Its Religious Divides
David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam ask how America can simultaneously be religiously devout, religiously diverse, and religiously tolerant. They argue that America's relative religious harmony lies in the frequency of “religious bridging.” Almost all Americans have a friend or close family member of another religion, and these personal relationships keep America's religious melting pot from boiling over.
Volume 126 - Number 2 - Summer 2011
The Challenges of Decreasing Oil Consumption
STEVE A. YETIV AND ERIC S. FOWLER quantify the benefits for the United States of achieving hybrid-like efficiency in its vehicle fleet. They show not only how important such a move can be, but also that if Chinese consumers continue to buy inefficient vehicles at a fast pace, they will sap America's efficiency gains rather quickly. They argue that oil dependence is not only an American, but also a global problem that cannot be addressed seriously without multilateral cooperation.
Volume 125 - Number 3 - Fall 2010
Beyond Gridlock: Green Drift in American Environmental Policymaking
Christopher McGrory Klyza and David Sousa argue that environmental policy in the United States has moved in the direction favored by environmentalists over the last two decades, despite efforts by many conservatives to roll back these policies. This green drift is based on the combination of major environmental laws and institutional structures created in the 1960s and 1970s and frozen in place by the legislative gridlock of the last two decades.
Volume 123 - Number 1 - Spring 2008
Are African Voters Really Ethnic or Clientelistic? Survey Evidence from Ghana
STAFFAN I. LINDBERG and MINION K. C. MORRISON look at voting rationales in Ghana’s 1996 and 2000 elections and find that citizens in a new democracy like Ghana are more ‘‘mature’’ democratic voters than the literature would have us to expect. While voting is no doubt patterned along ethnic and tribal lines, it appears that voting behavior is also explained at the individual level by rational policy calculations constrained by classic information problems.
Volume 122 - Number 1 - Spring 2007
Between Passion and Deliberation: The Christian Right and Democratic Ideals
JON A. SHIELDS unearths a surprising relationship between the Christian right and democratic ideals. Although Christian right leaders are strident in the context of mobilization, they also encourage their activists to embrace civility and public reason in the public square. This fact highlights a deeper tension between the democratic ideals of participation and deliberation.
Volume 122 - Number 1 - Spring 2007
Is America a Christian Nation?
Hugh Heclo argues that both secular and religious political activists have found it advantageous to demonize each other by using the idea of America as a Christian nation. Citizens can gain a more mature understanding of the relationship between Christianity and American nationhood by considering different domains of variation in America’s alleged Christian-ness.
Volume 121 - Number 3 - Fall 2006
“I’m Changing the Climate, Ask Me How!”: The Politics of the Anti-SUV Campaign
SARAH PRALLE examines the politics of the anti-SUV campaign in light of its similarities to and differences from other moral reform movements in the United States. She argues that the campaign confronts fundamental tensions in American political culture around issues of consumption and the role of the automobile but that it fails to fully resolve them.