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Barbara Walter’s Script for Civil War in America: A Review Essay
Jack Snyder reviews Barbara Walter's How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them.  Walter argues that modern civil wars take the form of guerrilla warfare and organized terrorism.  They are started mainly by declining ethnic groups in polarized partial democracies. Her contention that the contemporary United States is heading in this direction has a surface plausibility, but requires strong qualifications.

pp. 1-7

Negotiating Unilateralism in the Executive Branch: A Review Essay
DIANE HEITH reviews By Executive Order: Bureaucratic Management and the Limits of Presidential Power by Andrew Rudalevige. She finds that Rudalevige’s exhaustive dive into newly discovered archival documents presents opportunities for revisioning executive order formation, from its traditional top-down formulation. However, she questions the time bound nature of the conclusions drawn for influencing unilateral behavior in a polarized environment. 

pp. 1-6

The Polarized American Electorate: The Rise of Partisan?Ideological Consistency and Its Consequences
Alan I. Abramowitz presents evidence from American National Election Studies surveys showing that party identification, ideological identification and issue positions have become much more closely connected over the past half century. He argues that as a result, the ideological divide between Democratic and Republican identifiers has widened considerably. The rise of partisan-ideological consistency has contributed to growing affective polarization as well as increasing party loyalty and straight ticket voting. 

pp. 1-30

Can Social Movements Save American Democracy? A Review Essay
Robert C. Lieberman examines the contrasting roles of political parties and social movements in both supporting and undermining American democracy. He suggests that parties and movements are more complementary that is typically understood and that both might be necessary to confront the contemporary crisis of democracy in the United States.

pp. 1-12

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