Welfare Reform: Block Grants, Expenditure Caps, and the Paradox of the Food Stamp Program
Ronald F. King examines the connection between welfare policy and budget policy, analyzing block grants as a complex form of fiscal constraint. He shows why the food stamp program ultimately was not transformed into a block grant as part of the 1996 welfare reform, and he argues that the tension between entitlement protection and spending control has not yet been resolved.
Policy toward Cuba in the Clinton Administration
Walt Vanderbush and Patrick J. Haney examine the dynamics of making U.S.policy toward Cuba during the first Clinton administration. They argue that, rather than being dominated by the executive and a powerful ethnic interest group, in this period Cuba policy became enmeshed in electoral politics and a struggle for foreign policy power between the Congress and the president.
Israel's National Security and the Myth of Exceptionalism
Gil Merom challenges the Israeli belief in national security exceptionalism. He compares strategic and moral dimensions of Israeli security with those of other states and concludes that the notion of Israel's national security exceptionalism is unfounded.
Missing Boundaries of Comparison: The Political Community
Peter Juviler and Sherrill Stroschein reintroduce the recently neglected concept of the political community as a model in the comparative analysis of state formation, adaptation, and failure. They argue that regime stability and democratic consolidation depend upon the inclusiveness of community boundaries of shared allegiance and identity, rights, and commitments in the face of class, ethnic, and transnational differences.
Citizenship Issues in China's Internal Migration: Comparisons with Germany and Japan
Dorothy J. Solinger compares the migration regimes in China, Germany, and Japan, all of which have shared a xenophobic basis toward "foreign workers" (in China's case, including its own peasants) along with a drive to develop economically at almost any cost. She identifies common factors that have limited the application of rights for these people, and, through comparison, uncovers conditions that may make for improvements over the longer haul.
Neocolonialism and Neoliberalism in South Africa and Zambia
Margaret Hanson and James J. Hentz examine the negotiations over the ownership of neoliberal economic policy ideas diffused by international financial institutions in Zambia and South Africa. Domestic policy dialogues prove to be an important mechanism through which political coalitions identify with new policies and are a more effective mechanism for domestic policy change than is external financial coercion.
Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everday Life, Sheldon Garon Reviewed by Akira Iriye
The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson Reviewed by Robert Jervis
Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War, Campbell Craig Reviewed by Robert A. Divine
The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR, Patrick J. Maney Reviewed by Matthew J. Dickinson
Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking, Keith Krehbiel Reviewed by L. Sandy Maisel
A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of Germany, Tiananmen Square, The Gulf War, Brent Scowcroft and George Bush Reviewed by Thomas A. Schwartz
The Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation: Lessons from South Asia, Devin T. Hagerty Reviewed by Jordan Seng
Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics, Robin Kolodny Reviewed by John R. Petrocik
The Sound of Money: How Political Interests Get What They Want, Darrell M. West and Burdett A. Loomis Reviewed by Theodore J. Eismeier
Checked and Balanced: How Ticket-Splitters are Shaping the New Balance of Power in American Politics, Walter De Vries and V. Lance Tarrance, Jr. Reviewed by John J. Pitney, Jr.
Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community, Steven Gregory Reviewed by Wilbur C. Rich
The Continuing Storm: Iraq, Poisonous Weapons, and Deterrence, Avigdor Haselkorn Reviewed by Gideon Rose
What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy, H. W. Brands, Jr. Reviewed by James McAllister
Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century, Noah M. J. Pickus, ed. ;
Unwelcome Strangers: American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration, David M. Reimers Reviewed by Peter Andreas
The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention, Paul S. Shoup and Steven L. Burg Reviewed by Richard M. Wilcox
The Judicial Development of Presidential War Powers, Martin S. Sheffer Reviewed by Louis Fisher
Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, William M. Leo-Grande Reviewed by Richard Stahler-Sholk
American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State, Stephen Hopgood Reviewed by J. Samuel Barkin
The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen, Paul Gordon Lauren Reviewed by Kathryn Sikkink
Resisting the Bomb: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970, Lawrence S. Wittner Reviewed by Maurice Isserman
Public Health Policies and Social Inequality, Charles F. Andrain ;
Parting at the Crossroads: The Emergence of Health Insurance in the United States and Canada, Antonia Maioni Reviewed by Ann Lenhard Reisinger
The Republican Legacy in International Thought, Nicholas Greenwood Onuf Reviewed by A. James Reichley
American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People, Jean M. Yarbrough Reviewed by Jack P. Greene
Political Policing: The United States and Latin America, Martha K. Huggins Reviewed by Mark Ungar
The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy, James L. Guth, John C. Green, Corwin E. Smidt, Lyman A. Kellstedt and Margaret M. Poloma Reviewed by Clyde Wilcox
War and the Illiberal Conscience, Christopher Coker Reviewed by David L. Blaney
The Lebanese Conflict: Looking Inward, Latif Abul-Husn Reviewed by Fawaz A. Gerges
Challenge to the Nation-State, Christian Joppke ;
A Question of Numbers: High Migration, Low Fertility, and the Politics of National Identity, Michael S. Teitelbaum and Jay Winter Reviewed by Mark J. Miller
Poverty and Inequality in Latin America: Issues and New Challenges, Guillermo O'Donnell and Victor E. Tokman, eds. Reviewed by Howard J. Wiarda
The Transformation of Political Community, Andrew Linklater Reviewed by Mark F. N. Franke