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Volume 124 - Number 3 - Fall 2009

 

The Decline of the White Working Class and the Rise of a Mass Upper-Middle Class
Alan Abramowitz and Ruy Teixeira document the dramatic decline in the white working class and discuss the complicated ways this decline has transformed American politics. They also discuss the emergence of a mass upper-middle class whose effects on American politics may be similarly complicated.

pp. 391-422
 

Three Trends Over Eight Presidential Elections, 1980–2008: Toward the Emergence of a Democratic Majority Realignment?
Demetrios James Caraley analyzes three key trends over the last eight presidential elections: the ending of party dealignment but without the emergence of a new majority party coalition, the geographic realignments making the South solid Republican and the Northeast and Pacific coast solid Democratic, and the volatility that has taken place among various politically relevant social and demographic groups. He also discusses whether the election of Barack Obama as president with the simultaneous election of solid Democratic majorities in the House and Senate signal a coming of a new majority Democratic realignment.

pp. 423-442

Human Rights and Public Opinion: From Attitudes to Action
Shareen Hertel, Lyle Scruggs, and C. Patrick Heidkamp examine original public opinion data on American attitudes regarding human rights and ethical consumption. They find a higher acceptance of economic rights than have previous studies, and a high willingness to pay for ethically produced goods—though with notable variation among demographic groups.

pp. 443-459
 

Conscious Action and Intelligence Failure
Uri Bar-Joseph and Jack S. Levy look at the different ways in which the conscious distortion of information and the politicization of intelligence can lead to intelligence failure. They apply their categories to the Soviet failure to anticipate the German attack in 1941 and to the Israeli failure to anticipate the Arab attack in 1973.

pp. 461-488
 

Emotion and Blame in Collective Action: Russian Voice in Kyrgyzstan and Latvia
Michele E. Commercio discusses Russian political mobilization in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Latvia. She concludes that contentious voice is more likely to emerge when dissatisfied groups have an unambiguous source of blame for their grievances, while amicable voice is more likely to emerge when such groups lack an obvious target of blame.

pp. 489-512
 

Europe’s Structural Idol: An American Federalist Republic?
Joseph M. Parent compares Europe's hesitant steps toward unity with the successful unification of the United States. He finds that the reigning explanations of political integration are significantly limited, and urges policymakers and scholars interested in the European Union to consider an overlooked realist argument.

pp. 513-535

America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft
Reviewed by Tony Smith

pp. 537-540

Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, Gordon M. Goldstein
Reviewed by Bruce W. Jentleson

pp. 540-541
 

The Constitution and 9/11: Recurring Threats to America's Freedoms, Louis Fisher
Reviewed by Ronald Collins

pp. 541-542
 

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do, Andrew Gelman
Reviewed by Katherine Cramer Walsh

pp. 543-544
 

Catastrophic Consequences: Civil Wars and American Interests, Steven R. David
Reviewed by Jeremi Suri

pp. 544-545
 

Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector, Bruce J. Dickson
Reviewed by Bruce Gilley

pp. 545-547
 

Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics, Jennifer Lind
Reviewed by Maximilian Terhalle

pp. 547-548
 

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law, Steven M. Teles
Reviewed by Ann Southworth

pp. 548-550
 

The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform, John Zaller, David Karol, Marty Cohen and Hanes Noel
Reviewed by Andrew Dowdle

pp. 550-551

Party Polarization in Congress, Sean Theriault
Reviewed by Nolan McCarty

pp. 551-552
 

America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier
Reviewed by Evan Resnick

pp. 552-554
 

American Power and the Prospects for International Order, Simon Bromley ; Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance, Kori N. Schake
Reviewed by Glenn Hastedt

pp. 554-556
 

The Advancement of Liberty: How American Democratic Principles Transformed the Twentieth Century, Matthew C. Price
Reviewed by Jonathan Monten

pp. 556-557
 

American Ideal: Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism, Paul M. Rego
Reviewed by Max J. Skidmore

pp. 558-559
 

An Entrenched Legacy: How the New Deal Constitutional Revolution Continues to Shape the Role of the Supreme Court, Patrick M. Garry
Reviewed by Mark Tushnet

pp. 559-560

Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Joseph N. Cappella
Reviewed by Danny Hayes

pp. 560-562
 

Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process, Michael M. Franz
Reviewed by Allan J. Cigler

pp. 562-563
 

Axis of Convenience: Moscow, Beijing, and the New Geopolitics, Bobo Lo
Reviewed by Jeanne L. Wilson

pp. 564-565
 

Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo, Peter Andreas
Reviewed by PATRICE C. McMAHON

pp. 565-566
 

Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know, Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling
Reviewed by Gary C. Bryner

pp. 566-567
 

How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida, Seth G. Jones and Martin C. Libicki
Reviewed by Elena Mastors

pp. 567-569
 

Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East, Martin Indyk
Reviewed by Thomas W. Lippman

pp. 569-571
 

Just Politics: Human Rights and the Foreign Policy of Great Powers, C. William Walldorf
Reviewed by Julie Mertus

pp. 571-572
 

Political Institutions under Dictatorship, Jennifer Gandhi
Reviewed by Andrea Vindigni

pp. 572-574
 

The Fate of Young Democracies, Ethan B. Kapstein and Nathan Converse
Reviewed by Michael Bernhard

pp. 574-575
 

Radical Democracy in the Andes, Donna Lee Van Cott
Reviewed by Ryan Carlin

pp. 576-577
 

The Cultivation of Resentment: Treaty Rights and the New Right, Jeffrey Dudas
Reviewed by James L. Guth

pp. 577-578
 

Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted, Eric M. Patashnik
Reviewed by Robert P. Stoker

pp. 578-580
 

Representative Democracy: Legislators and Their Constituents, Michael Mezey
Reviewed by Keesha M. Middlemass

pp. 580-581
 

Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers, Jessica Trounstine
Reviewed by Michael Craw

pp. 581-583
 

The Invisible Constitution, Laurence H. Tribe
Reviewed by Elizabeth Beaumont

pp. 583-584
 

The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Guide to Predicting the Next President, 2008 Edition, Allan Lichtman
Reviewed by Costas Panagopoulos

pp. 584-586
 

The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles, Scott Kurashige
Reviewed by Edward J.W. Park

pp. 586-587
 

The Voter’s Dilemma and Democratic Accountability: Latin America and Beyond, Mona M. Lyne
Reviewed by Gustavo A. Flores-Macías

pp. 587-589
 

The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule, Fakhreddin Azimi
Reviewed by Abbas Milani

pp. 589-590
 

The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, Gareth Evans
Reviewed by Alan J. Kuperman

pp. 590-591
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