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Volume 133 - Number 2 - Summer 2018


The South China Sea and U.S.-China Rivalry
Andrew Scobell analyzes why the South China Sea has become a central matter in U.S.–China relations. He contends that geopolitics explains why this body of water has become such a contentious issue.

Humanitarianism, State Sovereignty, and Authoritarian Regime Maintenance in the Syrian War
Reinoud Leenders and KHOLOUD MANSOUR discuss the war in Syria. They argue that since 2011 the Syrian regime has used UN-led humanitarian assistance to bolster its claims on state sovereignty and to support its wider efforts of authoritarian regime maintenance.

The Nays Have It: How Rampant Blame Generating Distorts American Policy and Politics
R. Kent Weaver examines the impact of blame generating in American politics on policymaking as well as electoral competition. He claims that pervasive blame generating narrows the range of alternatives considered by policymakers, promotes policy stalemate, and complicates implementation of controversial policies.

Medicaid Politics in New York: Vested Interests and Policy-Focused Analysis
DANIEL DISALVO looks at the behavior and role of labor unions and hospitals in shaping New York’s Medicaid program. He finds that group pressures explain why New York’s Medicaid program is more expensive and more generous than those of other states.

Not Waiting for Washington: Climate Policy Adoption in California and New York
ROGER KARAPIN explains the adoption of climate change policies by the California and New York state governments during the 2000s. He argues that despite structural barriers the convergence of problem and political events created policy windows that broad advocacy coalitions used to attain major policies.

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The Imprint of Congress, David R. Mayhew
Reviewed by Frances E. Lee FREE

The Politics of Weapons Inspections: Assessing WMD Monitoring and Verification Regimes, Joseph F. Pilat and Nathan E. Busch
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz

Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation, Alexandre Debs and Nuno P. Monteiro
Reviewed by Matthew Fuhrmann FREE

Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power, Douglas L. Kriner and Eric Schickler
Reviewed by Andrew Rudalevige

Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes, Vanessa S. Williamson
Reviewed by Leslie McCall

When Bad Policy Makes Good Politics: Running the Numbers on Health Reform, Robert P. Saldin
Reviewed by Daniel Skinner

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