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Volume 129 - Number 1 - Spring 2014

Pakistani Opposition to American Drone Strikes
C. CHRISTINE FAIR, KARL KALTENTHALER, and WILLIAM MILLER seek to explain why some Pakistanis oppose the American drone program while others support it. They find that the principal grounds of opposition to the drone strikes in Pakistan are not religious in nature. Instead, most Pakistanis oppose the strikes because their only knowledge of them comes from highly negative coverage in the elite media.

pp. 1-33
 

Did History End? Assessing the Fukuyama Thesis
John Mueller reflects on Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay that advanced the notion that history had come to an end in the sense that “liberalism, democracy and market capitalism” had triumphed as an ideology and that effective future challenges were unlikely to prevail. He concludes that Fukuyama seems to have had it fundamentally right and that his celebration of the “autonomous power of ideas” is justified. 

pp. 35-54
 

Contesting the U.S. Constitution through State Amendments: The 2011 and 2012 Elections
SEAN BEIENBURG examines attempts at amending state constitutions in the 2011 and 2012 elections and finds that they were efforts to influence the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. He argues that some elected state officials see themselves as legitimate challengers of Supreme Court decisions. In addition, he finds that national interest groups use state constitutions as platforms for federal constitutional politics, and that such efforts were predominantly, though not exclusively, conservative in the last two election cycles.

pp. 55-85
 

Democracy beyond the State: Insights from the European Union
Achim Hurrelmann looks at lessons that could be drawn from the European Union about the democratization of other non-state entities. He argues that the EU’s non-state character is no insurmountable obstacle to democratization. The “democratic deficit” of the European Union is rooted in the institutional design of its multilevel system and is further influenced by limited and uninformed citizen participation in EU politics.

pp. 87-105
 

Managing Group Interests in China
YONGSHUN CAI discusses why both powerful and weak interest groups in China have been able to pursue their interests successfully. He finds that both groups have access to sources of power and that their success depends partly on the state’s policy priorities. By assisting weak groups to pursue their interests, the state enhances its legitimacy and resilience.

pp. 107-131
 

The Nexus of Economics, Security, and International Relations in East Asia, Avery Goldstein and Edward D. Mansfield, eds.
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell

pp. 133-134

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Reviewed by H. W. BRANDS

pp. 134-136
 

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, Fred Kaplan
Reviewed by COLIN F. JACKSON

pp. 136-138
 

An Argument for Same-Sex Marriage: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and Public Expressions of Civic Equality, Emily R. Gill
Reviewed by SUSAN McDONOUGH

pp. 138-139

Early Start: Preschool Politics in the United States, Andrew Karch
Reviewed by WILLIAM T. GORMLEY, JR.

pp. 139-141
 

Principled Negotiation and Mediation in the International Arena: Talking with Evil, Paul J. Zwier
Reviewed by Robert Jervis

pp. 141-142
 

Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War, Michael Sulick
Reviewed by MARK STOUT

pp. 142-144
 

The President’s Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789–2002, Jeffrey E. Cohen
Reviewed by Andrew E. Busch

pp. 144-145
 

The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City, Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick
Reviewed by Donna Kirchheimer

pp. 145-147
 

Neoconservative Politics and the Supreme Court: Law, Power, and Democracy, Stephen M. Feldman
Reviewed by Robert B. Horwitz

pp. 147-148
 

Staten Island: Conservative Bastion in a Liberal City, Daniel C. Kramer and Richard M. Flanagan
Reviewed by BRUCE BERG

pp. 148-150
 

FDR and the Jews, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
Reviewed by Eric M. Uslaner

pp. 150-151
 

The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution, Gregg L. Frazer
Reviewed by BILL REDDINGER

pp. 152-153
 

Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival, Thomas O. McGarity
Reviewed by PETER LINDSAY

pp. 153-154
 

Political Giving: Making Sense of Individual Campaign Contributions, Bertram N. Johnson
Reviewed by MICHAEL SCHWAM-BAIRD

pp. 154-156
 

Facebook Democracy: The Architect of Disclosure and the Threat to Public Life, José Marichal
Reviewed by MARIO GUERRERO

pp. 156-157
 

Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War, Cindy I-Fen Cheng
Reviewed by CHARLOTTE BROOKS

pp. 157-159
 

Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time, Manny Diaz
Reviewed by DAVID L. PRYTHERCH

pp. 159-160
 

Hot Books in the Cold War: The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain, Alfred A. Reisch
Reviewed by A. Ross Johnson

pp. 160-161
 

Global Security Upheaval: Armed NSGs Usurping State Stability Functions, Robert Mandel
Reviewed by KATHLEEN GALLAGHER CUNNINGHAM

pp. 162-163
 

Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership, Kenneth T. Walsh
Reviewed by MARK NEVIN

pp. 163-164
 

The Life of Herbert Hoover: Keeper of the Torch, 1933–1964, Gary Dean Best
Reviewed by MATTHEW CECIL

pp. 164-165
 

Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism, Thomas W. Devine
Reviewed by KEVIN MATTSON

pp. 166-167

The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region, Amitav Acharya
Reviewed by MARK T. BERGER

pp. 167-168
 

Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right, Ray Raphael
Reviewed by Ken I. Kersch

pp. 169-170
 

Governing Security: The Hidden Origins of American Security Agencies, Mariano-Florentino Cueller
Reviewed by SHARON K WEINER

pp. 171-172
 

Reining in the State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras, Katherine A Scott
Reviewed by JIM TWOMBLY

pp. 172-173
 

Wal-Mart Wars: Moral Populism in the Twenty-First Century, Rebekah Peeples Massengill
Reviewed by PETER CLEARY YEAGER

pp. 173-175
 

Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon, Reinoud Leenders
Reviewed by JULIA CHOUCAIR-VIZOSO

pp. 175-177
 

The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals, Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin
Reviewed by AMANDA HOLLIS‐BRUSKY

pp. 177-178
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