The False Promise of the Nobel Peace Prize
Ronald R. Krebs discusses the history, politics, and effects of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. While conferral of the Prize seeks to change the world, Krebs argues the award only occasionally draws attention to ignored problems. He claims that the award has sometimes produced unexpected and unwanted outcomes, which have become more common in recent years as the Peace Prize has increasingly been awarded to promote domestic liberalization.
Changes in Public Opinion and the American Welfare State
Greg M. Shaw analyzes the relationship between American public opinion and several redistributive programs from the beginning of the 1990s to the present. He concludes that the recent political success of these programs has more to do with the workforce attachment of the recipients and the nature of the assistance—cash versus in-kind—than it does with means testing.
Organizational Interest, Nuclear Weapons Scientists, and Nonproliferation
SHARON K. WEINER looks at two cooperative threat reduction programs between the United States and Russia that were aimed at the proliferation of nuclear weapons expertise. She concludes that the organizational interests of the U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories—key actors in these programs—are responsible for early success but, in the long term, have led to concerns that have limited program effectiveness.
The Bipartisan Roots of the Financial Services Crisis
HELENA YEAMAN examines the partisan claims about the origins of the financial services crisis of 2008–2009. She challenges the view that observers should solely blame either the Democrats or the Republicans for the political climate that allowed the crisis to develop. She finds that the political roots of the crisis can be found in the strange admixture of the Democratic promotion of homeownership for all, combined with Republican adherence to laissezfaire in the financial services sector.
The EU and Minority Rights in Turkey
SULE TOKTAS AND BULENT ARAS describe the development of minority rights in Turkey in light of the European Union accession process. They conclude that Turkey initiated several reforms that were necessary for EU membership but failed to alter its established “minority regime,” which recognizes as minorities the non-Muslim Armenian, Jewish and Greek communities and excludes other groups from the minority category.
The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty, Helen J. Knowles Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Stone
The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls, David W. Moore Reviewed by Robert Y. Shapiro
Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy, Steven Metz Reviewed by Sarah Kreps
Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?, Pippa Norris Reviewed by Matthew Hoddie
Base Politics: Democratic Change and the U.S. Military Overseas, Alexander Cooley Reviewed by Dimitris Keridis
Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in
Iraq, Alexander Thompson Reviewed by Terrence Chapman
Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works, David Mayhew Reviewed by Sean Theriault
Reassessing the Incumbency Effect, Jeffrey M. Stonecash Reviewed by Peter F. Galderisi
Out of Reach: Place, Poverty and the New American Welfare State, Scott Allard Reviewed by Charles Barrilleaux
The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008, Lucas A. Powe, Jr. Reviewed by Ken I. Kersch
The Presidency in the Era of 24-Hour News, Jeffrey E. Cohen Reviewed by Justin S. Vaughn
In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served—From JFK to George W. Bush, Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler Reviewed by Brent A. Strathman
New York State and the Rise of Modern Conservatism: Redrawing
Party Lines, Timothy J. Sullivan Reviewed by Brian J. Glenn
Legislative Voting and Accountability, John M. Carey Reviewed by Scott Morgenstern
The State of Disunion: Regional Sources of Modern American Partisanship, Nicole Mellow Reviewed by Andrew Reeves
Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility in America, Corwin E. Smidt, Kevin R. den Dulk, James M. Penning, Stephen V. Monsma and Douglas L. Koopman Reviewed by J. Matthew Wilson
Same Sex, Different Politics: Success and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights, Gary Mucciaroni Reviewed by Clyde Wilcox
The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, JON A. SHIELDS Reviewed by Matthew K. Desantis
American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It, Paul Lyons Reviewed by John Zumbrunnen
Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power, Kurt M. Campbell and James B. Steinberg Reviewed by Charles Tien
The Policy Makers: Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the
Present, Anna Kasten Nelson Reviewed by Carmela Lutmar
Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran Since the Fall of the Shah, John W. Parker Reviewed by Elena Andreeva
The Politics of Extremism in South Asia, Deepa M. Ollapally Reviewed by Sumit Ganguly
Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East, Nathan C. Funk and Abdul Aziz Said Reviewed by S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana
The Refugee in International Society: Between Sovereigns, Emma Haddad Reviewed by Scott Edwards
From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America
and Eastern Europe, Grigore Pop-Eleches Reviewed by Martin S. Edwards
Negotiation and the Global Information Economy, J.P. Singh Reviewed by Björn Wellenius
Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.–Japan Relations, Kent E. Calder Reviewed by Kenneth B. Pyle
Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court, Rosalee Clawson and Eric Waltenburg Reviewed by Theodore J. Davis.
Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins, Joshua M. Dunn Reviewed by Christine H. Rossell
Meritocracy and Americans' Views on Distributive Justice, Richard T. Longoria Reviewed by Daniel N. Lipson
Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945–1970, Karl Boyd Brooks Reviewed by Michael E. Kraft
Law & Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World, Curtis J. Milhaupt and Katharina Pistor Reviewed by Ruth V. Aguilera