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Volume 138 - Number 3 - Fall 2023

Mobilizing the Shy and Closed-Minded into Politics: The Mediating Role of Political Trust for Conventional Participation in the Americas
Matthew Cawvey looks at why individuals low in extraversion and openness engage in public affairs. Using mediation analysis of AmericasBarometer survey data from North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, he argues that introverted and close-minded individuals tend to be more politically engaged because of higher levels of political trust.

Volume 138 - Number 3 - Fall 2023

Keeping Your Mouth Shut: Spiraling Self-Censorship in the United States
James L. Gibson AND Joseph L. Sutherland discuss self-censorship in the United States. They note that the percentage of Americans not feeling free to express their views has tripled since the time of McCarthyism. They argue that micro-environment sentiments, such as worrying that expressing unpopular views will isolate and alienate people from their friends, family, and neighbors, may be the driver of self-censorship.

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U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

Volume 137 - Number 3 - Fall 2022

Americans Still Held Hostage: A Generational Analysis of American Public Opinion about the Iran Nuclear Deal
Mazaher Koruzhde and Valeriia Popova examine the effect of the Iran hostage crisis on American public opinion on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. They argue that Americans who were “old enough” to share a collective memory of the crisis form a “crisis generation” and are significantly less likely to approve of the deal, regardless of their party and ideological orientations.

Volume 136 - Number 4 - Winter 2021-22

Narrowing the Academic-Policy Divide: Will New Media Bridge the Gap?
Paul C. Avey, Michael C. Desch, Ana Petrova, and STEVEN LLOYD WILSON analyze the degree to which blogs and other online new media disseminate scholarship to foreign policy officials. They find that policymakers visit sites as supplementary news sources, not to engage with academic findings. They also find that policymakers rate blogs and strictly online news sources as about as useful as scholarly journal articles and academic books.

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U.S. POLITICS & PUBLIC POLICY

Volume 138 - Number 3 - Fall 2023

“Laboratories against Democracy” and the Case against Federalism
Daniel J. Hopkins reviews Jacob M. Grumbach’s new book, Laboratories against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics. While he voices some skepticism about the claim that federalism exacerbates contemporary threats to American democracy, he argues that the book is important, demands consideration, and is a model of synthetic scholarship.

Volume 138 - Number 3 - Fall 2023

Rethinking Political Polarization
Andreas Schedler analyzes the concept of political polarization. He introduces a democratic dimension to scholarly debates regarding polarization that have revolved mostly around “ideological” and “social” polarization. He argues that polarization can be understood as an instance of “extraordinary” conflict in which compliance with democratic norms turns uncertain and democracy stops being “the only game in town.”

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International Relations

Volume 138 - Number 1 - Spring 2023

Why We Don’t Fight: A Review Article
Lionel Beehner reviews Christopher Blattman’s Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace. He applauds the author for breaking down the various schools of thought in the international relations discipline explaining war onset but argues the author’s analysis neglects important qualitative factors, as well as recent technological innovations, to explain “why we fight.”

Volume 137 - Number 4 - Winter 2022-23

U.S. Public Knowledge about the Holocaust Then and Now
Susan Welch and Emily Kiver analyze political and sociological ramifications of the Holocaust and its change over time. They challenge the view that knowledge of the Holocaust within the American public is declining, finding that knowledge has remained relatively steady, and that the Holocaust continues to feature prominently within the American public’s consciousness. 

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Law & Institutions

Volume 138 - Number 3 - Fall 2023

Does Color Matter: Review Article of Skin Color, Power, and Politics in America
NATALIE MASUOKA reviews Skin Color, Power, and Politics in America by Mara C. Ostfeld and Nicole D. Yandon. She argues that the book offers useful insight into the degree of variation in experiences of racialization that occur within each racial/ethnic group and that this can be helpful in understanding variation in political attitudes within groups.

Volume 137 - Number 2 - Summer 2022

The President and the Supreme Court: The Effect of the Prospect of Non-Implementation on Government Success in the Court
GORDON D. BALLINGRUD examines judicial decision-making under conditions of political pressure given through ideological hostility from other federal institutions. He finds that in case outcomes and majority opinion writing, the Court’s behavior changes when other institutions are ideologically distant from the Court’s center.

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Politics & Society

Volume 137 - Number 4 - Winter 2022-23

Gender, American Identity, and Sexism
John Graeber and Mark Setzler explore the extent to which men and women differ in their views of American national identity and how these views of “Americanness” influence a person’s sexist beliefs. They find few differences between men and women regarding what it means to truly belong to the nation and that the relationship between national identify and sexism is no stronger for men than it is for women. 

Volume 137 - Number 3 - Fall 2022

Culture, Political Order, and COVID-19 Mortality
WILSON X.B. LI and TINA T. HE examine the determinants of country responses to COVID-19. They build and apply a theoretical model to predict that countries with collectivist cultures, with higher government capacity to effectively formulate and implement sound policies, and/or with higher social trust will perform better in handling the pandemic. Their empirical analyses on cross country data in terms of COVID-19 deaths report results consistent with their model prediction

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