Current Perspectives on American Politics
MARYLENA MANTAS AND ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO, EDITORS

2022 · 268 Pages
ISBN13: 978-1-884853-18-0

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION

THIS BOOK IS ONE OF A SERIES of publications released by the Academy of Political Science on timely subjects of special importance in the fields of public and international affairs. Its purpose is to provide in a single collection the articles of leading American politics scholars published in Political Science Quarterly during the period of 2021 to 2022. The articles address questions on matters salient to the field of American politics, including governance, partisan conflict, democracy, race, voting, as well as inequality and ideology at the state and local levels. Even though the topics have permeated the field of American politics for quite some time, the discussions and analyses provided in these articles offer some important current perspectives. While these perspectives are certainly not exhaustive, many are ones for which the 2022 and 2024 elections have important ramifications and potential consequences.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Current Perspectives on American Politics: Introduction
Marylena Mantas and Robert Y. Shapiro


I. PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE, PARTISAN CONFLICT, AND DEMOCRACY

America’s Crisis of Democracy
William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe

State Building in Crisis Governance: Donald Trump and COVID-19
Nicholas F. Jacobs, Desmond King, and Sidney M. Milkis

How Can Presidents and the Executive Branch Preserve and Protect American Democracy? A Review Essay
Meena Bose

The Polarized American Electorate: The Rise of Partisan-Ideological Consistency and Its Consequences
Alan I. Abramowitz

How to Cure the Ills of Contemporary American Democracy? A Review Essay
Morris Fiorina

Can Social Movements Save American Democracy? A Review Essay
Robert C. Lieberman


II. PERSPECTIVES ON RACE AND VOTING

How to Win a “Long Game”: The Voting Rights Act, the Republican Party, and the Politics of Counter-Enforcement
Adrienne Jones and Andrew Polsky

Contemporary Black Populism and the Development of Multiracial Electoral Coalitions: The 2018 Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum Gubernatorial Campaigns
Sharon D. Wright Austin


III. PERSPECTIVES ON INEQUALITY AND IDEOLOGY IN STATES AND LOCALITIES

Judging Inequality: State Supreme Courts and the Inequality Crisis
James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson

The Conservative Bias in America’s Local Governments
Brian F. Schaffner, Jesse H. Rhodes, and Raymond J. La Raja


IV. PERSPECTIVES ON THE ACADEMIC-POLICY DIVIDE

Narrowing the Academic-Policy Divide: Will New Media Bridge the Gap?
Paul C. Avey, Michael C. Desch, Ana Petrova, and Steven Wilson
 

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