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Volume 135 - Number 1 - Spring 2020


Do Global Publics View Human Rights Organizations as Handmaidens of the United States?
David Crow and James Ron look at how global publics view the relationship between human rights organizations and the U.S. government. They argue that ordinary people across various world regions do not perceive human rights groups as “handmaidens” of U.S. foreign policy.

Chinese Domestics Politics and the Internationalization of the Renminbi
Hyoung-Kyu Chey AND Yu Wai Vic Li discuss the domestic politics surrounding the internationalization of the Chinese renminbi. They argue that the Chinese central bank played a leading role in the process because domestic financial reforms necessitated by the internationalization of the renminbi strengthened its own core institutional interests and enhanced its monetary policy effectiveness.

Obama, Congress, and Audience Costs: Shifting the Blame on the Red Line
SARAH BURNS and Andrew Stravers analyze President Barack Obama’s decisions regarding Libya in 2011 and Syria in 2013 and 2014. Using statistical and case study evidence they argue that Obama’s request for congressional support in 2013 was an excuse to avoid action and audience costs rather than a genuine effort to gain congressional support for military action.

The Southern Question: American Voluntary Association Development, 1876–1920
ADAM CHAMBERLAIN, ALIXANDRA B. YANUS, and Nicholas Pyeatt evaluate the efforts of voluntary associations to organize and expand in the South during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. They find that while organizing happened, there were serious impediments to the creation, expansion, and maintenance of associations. They argue that this had important consequences for the political representation of its citizens and the development of civil society in the region.

What “The Cult of the Irrelevant” Neglects (And Gets Right): A Review Essay
PAUL MUSGRAVE reviews Michael Desch’s recently published The Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security which argues that political science’s emphasis on methodology has made it irrelevant to policymakers. Musgrave disagrees and argues that political scientists’ sophistication has made them more useful to policymakers but that the obstacles to research influencing policy lie on the demand side.

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Book Reviews

Presidents and Parties in the Public Mind, Gary C. Jacobson

The Whips: Building Party Coalitions in Congress, C. Lawrence Evans
Reviewed by Jason M. Roberts

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better, Rob Reich
Reviewed by Gordon Arlen

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing, Robert A. Caro
Reviewed by Meena Bose FREE

China’s Global Identity: Considering the Responsibilities of a Great Power, Hoo Tiang Boon
Reviewed by Andrew Scobell

How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics, John M. Friend and Bradley A. Thayer
Reviewed by Ketian Zhang FREE

Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era, T. V. Paul

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Reflections on the Centennial of Women's Suffrage
Money and Politics
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