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Volume 135 - Number 1 - Summer 2020

Foreign Policy Dilemmas and Opportunities for a New Administration: An Opinion Piece
Robert Jervis speculates about the likely foreign policy that a Democratic administration will follow if its candidate wins in November. He argues that President Donald Trump will have left a difficult legacy and his successor will have to simultaneously rebuild trust and instructions while also utilizing the leverage that Trump has generated.


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Summer 2020

Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis

KATHERINE LEVINE EINSTEIN, DAVID M. GLICK, and Maxwell Palmer use a wide array of administrative, elite survey, and qualitative data to show how neighborhood participation in the housing permitting process exacerbates existing political inequalities, limits the housing supply, and contributes to the current affordable housing crisis.


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Summer 2020

Do Campaign Events Matter? New Evidence from Voting Advice Applications
ANJA KILIBARDA, CLIFTON VAN DER LINDEN, and Yannick Dufresne leverage the extraordinarily large samples of public opinion collected by Voting Advice Application to examine the granular effects of campaign events on electoral outcomes. Drawing on the case of the 2011 Canadian federal election, they demonstrate how particular events that took place during the campaign contributed to the so-called ‘Orange Wave’ which catapulted the historically third party NDP into Official Opposition status.


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Summer 2020

Political Science and Big Data: Structured Data, Unstructured Data, and How to Use Them
Jonathan Grossman and Ami Pedahzur examine how political scientists analyze and write about big data. They discuss the limitations of using structured big data for quantitative purposes, demonstrate the potential of unstructured big data for historically oriented political research, identify the main challenges of such research, and propose ways to overcome them.


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Summer 2020

Intelligence in the Cyber Era: Evolution or Revolution?
DAVID V. GIOE, MICHAEL S. GOODMAN, and Tim Stevens consider whether the cyber era ushered in an intelligence revolution and identify areas of continuity and change in intelligence priorities and rationale in the Anglo-American intelligence communities. They argue that the cyber era is a technological revolution, but not an intelligence revolution.


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Spring 2020

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.
 


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Spring 2020

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.
 


 

Volume 135 - Number 1 - Spring 2020

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.
 


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.
 


 

Volume 134 - Number 4 - Winter 2019–20

The Symbolic Politics of Poverty in the United States: A Review Essay

Elizabeth Rigby reviews two recently published books on the politics of poverty in the United States: Lawrence J. McAndrews’s The Presidents and the Poor: America Battles Poverty 1964-2017 and Kristina C. Miler’s Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States. Rigby argues that the books highlight that while policymakers continue calls for action on the issue of poverty, the actual policy response has been limited and the problem of poverty remains largely unsolved.


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