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Volume 134 - Number 1 - Spring 2019
Extreme Referendum: Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Elections
Gary C. Jacobson analyzes the 2018 midterm elections. He finds that divergent popular reactions to Donald Trump’s presidency extended the trend toward increasingly partisan, nationalized, and president-centered midterm elections. The result was the most sweeping national referendum on any administration at least since the Great Depression.
The Enduring Constraints on Iran’s Power after the Nuclear Deal
Thomas Juneau assesses the 2016 nuclear deal with Iran. He argues that critics of this deal incorrectly argued that it enhanced Iran’s position in the Middle East. He concludes that even under the deal Iran’s ability to gain power and to exert regional influence remained constrained.
Voter ID Laws: The Disenfranchisement of Minority Voters?
BEN PRYOR, REBEKAH HERRICK and JAMES A. DAVIS examine the effects of strict voter identification laws on minority voter suppression. They analyze United States Census data and find that strict identification laws do not appear to disproportionally suppress voter turnout among minority groups.
Constitutional Foundations of Military Coups
ABDULLAH AYDOGAN argues that military coups are less likely to occur in countries with parliamentary systems. In these countries, he claims, military elites seeking to remove chief executives often select other strategies, such as threatening legislators.
Budgets and Strategy: The Enduring Legacy of the Revolt of the Admirals
ANAND TOPRANI discusses the origins and significance of the 1949 “Revolt of the Admirals.” He argues that the unification of the U.S. military services and subsequent defense budget cuts made this rivalry among the military services intense. He concludes that inter-service rivalry was mitigated only by increases in defense spending and by civilian leaders allowing the services to determine how to allocate resources.
Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate, Morris P. Fiorina
Reviewed by Matt Grossmann FREE
The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters, Matthew Kroenig
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz
Why Parties Matter: Political Competition and Democracy in the American South, John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin
Reviewed by Marty Cohen
Challenged Hegemony: The United States, China, and Russia in the Persian Gulf, Steven A. Yetiv and Katerina Oskarsson
Reviewed by F. Gregory Gause III FREE
The Conflicted Superpower: America's Collaboration with China and India in Global Innovation, Andrew B. Kennedy
Reviewed by John Echeverri-Gent
Presidential Leverage: Presidents, Approval, and the American State, Daniel E. Ponder
Reviewed by Meena Bose
Donald Trump and the Prospect for American Democracy: An Unprecedented President in an Age of Polarization, Arthur Paulson
Reviewed by Jeff Taylor
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