Volume 114 - Number 4 - Winter 1999-00
Getting into the Black: Race, Wealth, and Public Policy
Dalton Conley examines the causes and consequences of the black-white asset gap in the United States. He argues that it is wealth, more than any other measure of socio-economic well being, that captures the nature of racial inequality in the post-civil rights era. Conley discusses policy implications that may be used to address such "equity inequity."
Volume 114 - Number 2 - Summer 1999
The United States and South Korean Democratization
James Fowler draws on interviews with State Department officials and recently declassified documents to analyze the role of the United States in South Korea's democratization, concluding that U.S. public pressure on the Korean government played a critical role in determining the timing of the transition.
Volume 113 - Number 4 - Winter 1998-99
The Escalation of U.S. Immigration Control in the Post-NAFTA Era
Peter Andreas examines the rapid escalation of U.S. immigration control efforts along our southwest border in recent years. He argues that enhanced border policing has less to do with actual deterrence and more to do with projecting an image of order and coping with the deepening contradictions of economic integration.
Volume 113 - Number 3 - Fall 1998
Creating a Disaster: NATO's Open Door Policy
Robert J. Art argues that an open door membership policy will destroy NATO and that there is a better alternative to create a security structure for Europe.
Volume 111 - Number 2 - Summer 1996
Dismantling the Federal Safety Net: Fictions Versus Realities
Demetrios Caraley shows that arguments for dismantling the federal social safety net and devolving parts of it to the states have been based on six major claims about reality, but that five of those claims are fictional and the sixth only partially true. Nevertheless, he concludes that the forces for dismantling the safety net and for cutting the federal government's revenues to make it constantly broke have formidable staying power and may eventually succeed in weakening the federal government as an effective instrument of governance.
Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 1994
Nationalism and Foreign Policy in Ukraine
Charles F. Furtado, JR. analyzes the unsteady brew of nationalism and foreign policy in Ukraine. Tracing domestic and international factors, Furtado suggests policy strategies to prevent the radicalization of Ukrainian nationalism and its foreign policy.
Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 1994
A Democratic Dilemma: System Effectiveness versus Citizen Participation
Robert A. Dahl argues that the Maastricht Treaty presented Europeans with a fundamental democratic dilemma: choosing between their political effectiveness as citizens within their countries and the effectiveness of the European Union as a transnational system.
Volume 108 - Number 1 - Spring 1993
The Year of the Woman? Candidates, Voters, and the 1992 Elections
Michael X. Delli Carpini and ESTER FUCHS give a brief overview of why women had been excluded from voting and office holding. They then examine the recent successes by women in the political process, culminating in the election of forty-seven women in the U.S. House of Representatives and five new women senators.
Volume 107 - Number 1 - Spring 1992
Washington Abandons the Cities
Demetrios Caraley examines the Reagan and Bush administrations' cutting back of federal grants to large cities and people who live there. He concludes pessimistically that without strong economic growth, the American democracy has little capacity to deal with serious problems felt by minorities such as those who govern and who live in large cities.
Volume 106 - Number 2 - Summer 1991
President Carter's Advisers and the Fall of the Shah
Alexander Moens challenges the conventional argument that Jimmy Carter's decision-making process during the fall of the shah of Iran broke down because of intense conflict between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. He argues that there was a flaw in the decision-making process that led to a lack of options, a premature consensus, and the absence of critical evaluation of the failed policy.