Who's in Charge? Accountability in Political Action Committees
Frank J. Sorauf asks to whom are political action committees (PACs) accountable for the resources they spend on American electoral politics. He finds that with some significant exceptions, the main line of accountability in a PAC is not to its donors, but to its parent organization.
The Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf
Dennis Ross assesses Soviet strategy in the Persian Gulf, looking at Soviet goals, local opportunities and constraints, and Soviet risk-taking propensities. He argues that the Soviets are finding their current strategy generally satisfactory.
Party Reform, Party Atrophy, and Constitutional Change: Some Reflections
David B. Truman argues that state Democratic parties essentially abdicated their power over the nomination of presidential candidates when presented with the McGovern-Fraser "reform" proposals of 1968-72 and explains this abdication in terms of two long-term influences: the nationalization of legislative power in the 1930s and the system of nomination by direct primary. He also speculates on future prospects of the two major national parties.
The Politics of Ethnicity in Southwest Asia: Political Development or Political Decay?
Zalmay Khalilzad challenges the widespread thesis that the politicization of ethnicity will result in fragmentation of many multiethnic Third World states. By examining the cases of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, he concludes that modernization and economic development have shifted power in favor of the center, complicating the prospects for ethnic separatists.
Belief Systems and Decision Making in the Mayaguez Crisis
Chris Lamb attempts to satisfactorily explain American behavior in the Mayaguez crisis of 1975 and to evaluate the relative efficacy of alternative decision making models in accounting for that behavior.
Who Were the Stalwarts? Who Were Their Rivals? Republican Factions in the Gilded Age
Allan Peskin takes a close look at Republican party factionalism in the late nineteenth century through a collective biography of the delegates to the Republican convention of 1880. He concludes that these factions were not held together solely by patronage, but instead exhibited striking demographic and other distinctions which accounted for their different views on issues and political strategy.
Nuclear Strategy and Strategic Planning, Colin S. Gray Reviewed by Robert J. Bresler
Global Perspectives on Arms Control, Adam M. Garfinkle, ed. ;
The European Missiles Crisis: Nuclear Weapons and Security Policy, Hans-Henrik Holm and Nikolaj Petersen, eds. Reviewed by Gerald Segal
The Making of America's Soviet Policy, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., ed. Reviewed by Raymond L. Garthoff
Maritime Strategy or Coalition Defense, Robert W. Komer Reviewed by Dov S. Zakheim
The Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1980, Martin P. Wattenberg Reviewed by Frank J. Sorauf
The Reagan Presidency: An Early Assessment, Fred I. Greenstein, ed. Reviewed by John F. Manley
Legal Homicide: Death as Punishment in America, 1864-1982, William J. Bowers, Glenn L. Pierce and John F. McDevitt Reviewed by James Magee
Human Rights and World Politics, David P. Forsythe Reviewed by Lowell W. Livezey
Forgotten Partnership: U.S.-Canada Relations Today, Charles F. Doran Reviewed by David G. Haglund
The Spellbinders: Charismatic Political Leadership, Ann Ruth Willner Reviewed by Dennis Dalton
Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, Kristin Luker Reviewed by Eva R. Rubin
The Feminist Challenge: The Movement for Women's Liberation in Britain and the United States, David Bouchier Reviewed by Leslie J. Calman
Political Equality in a Democratic Society: Women in the United States, Mary Lou Kendrigan Reviewed by Janet K. Boles
Power, Passions and Purpose: Prospects for North-South Negotiations, Jagdish N. Bhagwati and John Gerard Ruggie, eds. Reviewed by Michael G. Schechter
Social Science Concepts: A Systematic Analysis, Giovanni Sartori, ed. Reviewed by Lewis A. Coser
Obbligato: Notes on a Foreign Service Career, Wiliam H. Sullivan Reviewed by Joseph Losos
Controlling Regulatory Sprawl: Presidential Strategies from Nixon to Reagan, Howard Ball Reviewed by Susan Rose-Ackerman
Dismantling America: The Rush to Deregulate, Susan J. Tolchin and Martin Tolchin Reviewed by Robert Lekachman
Majority Leadership in the U.S. House, Barbara Sinclair Reviewed by Randall B. Ripley
The State and the Poor in the 1980s, Manuel Carballo and Mary Jo Bane, eds. Reviewed by Mitchell I. Ginsberg
The Frustration of Policy: Responses to Crime by American Cities, Herbert Jacob Reviewed by Gregory A. Caldeira
The Politics of Law and Order: Street Crime and Public Policy, Stuart A. Scheingold Reviewed by Samuel Walker
The Contested City, John H. Mollenkopf Reviewed by Stephen David
City Money: Political Processes, Fiscal Strain, and Retrenchment, Terry Nichols Clark and Lorna Crowley Ferguson Reviewed by Peter K. Eisinger
Puerto Rican Politics in Urban America, James Jennings and Monte Rivera, eds. Reviewed by William A. Diaz
Labor Relations in the Public Sector, Richard C. Kearney Reviewed by Franklin J. Havlicek
Processing the News: How People Tame the Information Tide, Doris A. Graber Reviewed by Benjamin M. Compaine
Powers of the Press: Twelve of the World's Most Influential Newspapers, Martin Walker Reviewed by Donald H. Johnston
The Kennedy Crises: The Press, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy, Ralph B. Levering, Montague Kern and Patricia Levering Reviewed by Doris A. Graber
The Twenty-Year Century: Essays on Economics and Public Finance, Felix G. Rohatyn Reviewed by Elliot Schwartz
Governments, Markets, and Growth: Financial Systems and the Politics of Industrial Change, John Zysman Reviewed by John S. Odell
Worker Capitalism: The New Industrial Relations, Keith Bradley and Alan Gelb Reviewed by Fred Block
The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade, Harvey Klehr Reviewed by Roy Rosenzweig
The Politics of Recovery: Roosevelt's New Deal, Albert U. Romasco Reviewed by Peter A. Gourevitch
The End of World Order: Essays on Normative International Relations, Richard Falk Reviewed by Inis L. Claude, Jr.
The United States, Greece and Turkey: The Troubled Triangle, Theodore A. Couloumbis Reviewed by John O. Iatrides
Parties and Democracy in Britain and America, Vernon Bogdanor, ed. Reviewed by Anthony King
Red Flag Over Afghanistan: The Communist Coup, the Soviet Invasion, and the Consequences, Thomas T. Hammond Reviewed by Gordon B. Smith
Panama Odyssey, William J. Jorden Reviewed by Lowell S. Gustafson
"The Government of God"--Iran's Islamic Republic, Cheryl Benard and Zalmay Khalilzad Reviewed by Shireen T. Hunter
After Brezhnev: Sources of Soviet Conduct in the 1980s, Robert F. Byrnes, ed. Reviewed by John Michael Carfora
Dezinfomatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy, Roy Godson and Richard H. Shultz Reviewed by Ellen Mickiewicz
China Turned Rightside Up: Revolutionary Legitimacy in the Peasant World, Ralph Thaxton Reviewed by Steven M. Goldstein
The Age of Interdependence: Economic Policy in a Shrinking World, Michael Stewart Reviewed by Debra L. Miller