"Disobedient" Generals and the Politics of Redemocratization: The Clinton Administration and Haiti
Morris Morley and Chris McGillion review American policy toward Haiti from the September 1991 military coup that toppled democratically-elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide to the September 1994 U.S. intervention that ousted the ruling generals. They argue that Bush and Clinton policy makers' commitment to redemocratization in Haiti was subordinated to efforts to promote a regime change that would ensure the continuity of key state institutions supportive of long-term American interests in that country.
Television News and American Intervention in Somalia: The Myth of a Media-Driven Foreign Policy
Jonathan Mermin challenges the idea that individual journalistic initiative put Somalia in the news in 1992 and was the driving force behind American action. He shows that Somalia had emerged as an issue in Washington before it appeared on the evening news and concludes that American politicians, not television journalists, put Somalia on the foreign policy agenda.
Teenage Childbearing and Personal Responsibility: An Alternative View
Arline T. Geronimus examines widely-shared assumptions about teen childbearing that informed the welfare reform debate. She argues that the scientific basis for these assumptions is equivocal and questions the belief that teen childbearing always represents irrationality and the abdication of personal responsibility.
Unfolding Promises: Trust Funds and the Politics of Precommitment
Eric M. Patashnik explores the limits and possibilities of precommitment in democratic politics by examining federal trust funds, a device for earmarking future tax revenues for government activities such as Social Security, Medicare, and highway building. He argues that precommitment is an historical process that shapes the environment in which policy making takes place.
Continuity or Change? Civil-Military Relations in Democratic Argentina, Chile, and Peru
Wendy Hunter analyzes military influence in postauthoritarian Argentina, Chile, and Peru. She contends that electoral politics unleashes a competitive dynamic that induces politicians to attend to civilian interests and rein in the military.
Toeing the Hardline? The Reagan Administration and the Ending of the Cold War
Beth A. Fischer describes the Reagan administration's policy toward the Soviet Union between 1981 and 1985. She argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Reagan began seeking a rapprochement with Moscow before Mikhail Gorbachev came to power.
Divided by Color: Racial Politics and Democratic Ideals, Donald R. Kinder and Lynn M. Sanders Reviewed by Jennifer Hochschild
From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994, Dan T. Carter Reviewed by Richard M. Valelly
Affirmative Action and the Stalled Quest for Black Progress, W. Avon Drake and Robert D. Holsworth Reviewed by Wilbur C. Rich
Counting the Latino Vote: Latinos as a New Electorate, Louis DeSipio Reviewed by Juan Carlos Huerta
The Divided Democrats: Ideological Unity, Party Reform, and Presidential Elections, William G. Mayer Reviewed by Francis E. Rourke
Onward Christian Soldiers: The Religious Right in American Politics, Clyde Wilcox Reviewed by Allen D. Hertzke
Diversity and Citizenship: Rediscovering American Nationhood, Gary Jeffrey Jacobson and Susan Dunn Reviewed by Philip Gleason
The Nation of Islam: An American Millenarian Movement, Martha Lee Reviewed by Adam B. Seligman
American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword, Seymour Martin Lipset Reviewed by James A. Morone
Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan Reviewed by Scott Mainwaring
The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, 1945-1995, Michael Yahuda Reviewed by Akira Iriye
The Postwar Japanese System: Cultural Economy and Economic Transformation, William K. Tabb Reviewed by David Arase
Troubled Industries: Confronting Economic Change in Japan, Robert M. Uriu Reviewed by Ulrike Schaede
Japan's Foreign Aid to Thailand and to the Philippines, David M. Potter Reviewed by Miranda A. Schreurs
Thailand: Economy and Politics, Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker Reviewed by Jim LoGerfo
The Taiwan-China Connection: Democracy and Development across the Taiwan Straits, Tse-Kang Leng Reviewed by Thomas B. Gold
Islam and Democracy, John L. Esposito and John O. Voll ;
Muslim Politics, Dale F. Eickelman and James Piscatori Reviewed by Stephen Pelletiere
Development Strategies in Africa: Current Economic, Socio-Political, and Institutional Trends and Issues, Aguibou Y. Yansane, ed. Reviewed by Goran Hyden
Israel in Comparative Perspective, Michael N. Barnett, ed. Reviewed by Jerome Slater
On the Brink: The Dramatic Behind-the-Scenes Saga of the Reagan Era and the Men and Women Who Won the Cold War, Jay Winik Reviewed by Robert A. Divine
The Domestic Presidency: Policy Making in the White House, Shirley Anne Warshaw Reviewed by Matthew J. Dickinson
A Lost Cause: Bill Clinton's Campaign for National Health Insurance, Nicholas Laham Reviewed by Anne Lenhard Reisinger
The Power of Separation: American Constitutionalism and the Myth of the Legislative Veto, Jessica Korn Reviewed by Louis Fisher
In Contempt of Congress: Postwar Press Coverage on Capitol Hill, Mark Rozell Reviewed by John J. Smee
John Marshall: Definer of a Nation, Jean Edward Smith Reviewed by Herbert Sloan
Party Conflict and Community Development: Postwar Development in Ann Arbor, Samuel J. Eldersveld Reviewed by Cynthia Y. Jackson
Debt Wish: Entrepreneurial Cities, U.S. Federalism, and Economic Development, Alberta M. Sbragia Reviewed by Todd Swanstrom
Kindred Strangers: The Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Business in America, David Vogel Reviewed by William B. Friedricks
Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business 1936-1961, Jonathan J. Bean Reviewed by David Vogel
Fetal Rights, Women's Rights: Gender Equality in the Workplace, Suzanne Uttaro Samuels Reviewed by Joyce Gelb
Women Politicians and the Media, Maria Braden Reviewed by Doris A. Graber
Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union, Michael Newman Reviewed by Michael J. Baun
International Monetary Cooperation since Bretton Woods, Harold James ;
The Debate on Money in Europe, Alberto Giovannini Reviewed by Kathleen R. McNamara
The New Untouchables: Immigration and the New World Worker, Nigel Harris Reviewed by Peter Rachleff