The Triumph of Polarized Partisanship in 2016: Donald Trump’s Improbable Victory
Gary C. Jacobson discusses the reasons Donald Trump’s victory was so improbable, considers why he won anyway, and speculates about what this portends for national politics going forward. He also analyzes the 2016 congressional elections. He finds them, by comparison, uneventful, but with results that confirm the thoroughly partisan, president-centered, and polarized nature of contemporary American electoral politics.
When Do the Rich Win?
J. ALEXANDER BRANHAM, STUART N. SOROKA, and Christopher Wlezien examine the influence of economic “haves” and “have-nots” on public policy decisions in the United States. They find that the middle class, the rich, and the poor almost always agree on policies. When they disagree, the rich win only slightly more often. They conclude that the rich may matter more than they seemingly should but they do not dominate policymaking.
Unequal Partners: U.S. Collaboration with China and India in Research and Development
Andrew B. Kennedy argues that the globalization of research and development has generated an interdependence among the United States, China, and India, but such that generally favors Washington. Nonetheless, several constraints make it difficult for the U.S. government to exploit this potential.
Israeli Perceptions of the Iranian Nuclear Threat
Gil Merom analyzes the multiple levels of what he characterizes as an Israeli “alarmist” perception of the Iranian nuclear threat. He argues that Iran’s nuclear military program would be less of a threat than argued by the Netanyahu government and that it would not merit an Israeli strategic change, be it formally exposing Israel’s nuclear capabilities or striking Iran preventively.
Military Aid and Human Rights: Assessing the Impact of U.S. Security Assistance Programs
MARIYA OMELICHEVA, BRITTNEE CARTER, and LUKE B. CAMPBELL assess the relationship between U.S. security assistance programs and the degree to which foreign militaries respect civilian human rights in times of political instability. They conclude that these programs do not have a uniform impact on human rights practices in the states that receive U.S. military aid. Rather, the relationship is contingent upon various factors, primarily whether security assistance programs include an educational and training component.
The Roberts Court and Democracy: A Review Essay on Judicial Review and Liberal Critique
ERIC SEGALL reviews Stephen Gottlieb’s recently published book Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics. He agrees with Gottlieb’s argument that the Roberts Court has too often neglected the needs of racial minorities, the poor, and the disenfranchised. Segall suggests that Gottlieb could have made a more persuasive case by setting forth in more detail the conservative positions supporting the Roberts Court decisions.
The New Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev Reviewed by Archie Brown
The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World, Zalmay Khalilzad Reviewed by Paul R. Pillar
Political Peoplehood: The Role of Values, Interests, and Identities, Rogers M. Smith Reviewed by Ken I. Kersch
Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter, George E. Marcus, Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy Reviewed by SHANA KUSHNER GADARIAN
Narrative and the Making of U.S. National Security, Ronald R. Krebs Reviewed by JARROD HAYES
From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East, Sean L. Yom Reviewed by David A. Lake
American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy, Christopher Hemmer Reviewed by PETER HARRIS
Finding Common Ground: The Art of Legislating in an Age of Gridlock, Dave Bishop Reviewed by CARLY SCHMITT
Why Washington Won’t Work, Marc J. Hetherington and Thomas J. Rudolph Reviewed by Laurel Harbridge
Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Climate Change, Jennifer Hadden Reviewed by JESSICA F. GREEN
Minority Parties in U.S. Legislatures: Conditions of Influence, Jennifer Hayes Clark Reviewed by JESSE RICHMAN
The Workfare State: Public Assistance Politics from the New Deal to the New Democrats, Eva Bertram Reviewed by SARA E. DAHILL-BROWN
The Limits of Legitimacy: Dissenting Opinions, Media Coverage, and Public Responses to Supreme Court Decisions, Michael A. Zilis Reviewed by MORGAN L.W. HAZELTON
Governors, Grants, and Elections: Fiscal Federalism in the American States, Sean Nicholson-Crotty Reviewed by Vladimir Kogan
Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the “God Gap”, Ryan L. Claassen Reviewed by BEN GASKINS
The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum, John J. Pitney, Jr Reviewed by DAVID SKUBBY
Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, Michael Javen Fortner Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER T. STOUT
Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters, Eitan D. Hersh Reviewed by DAVID KARPF
The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, Michael Schudson Reviewed by Jason Ross Arnold
Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers, Torild Skard Reviewed by LIAM PRINCE
Broken Trust: Dysfunctional Government and Constitutional Reform, Stephen M. Griffin Reviewed by EMILY ZACKIN
When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence, Genevieve Lester Reviewed by BRIANA R. MORGAN
The Polythink Syndrome: U.S. Foreign Policy Decisions on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and ISIS, Alex Mintz and Carly Wayne Reviewed by David Patrick Houghton
Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, Stefano Recchia Reviewed by TERRENCE L. CHAPMAN
Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right, Seth Dowland Reviewed by BENJAMIN T. TOLL
Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction, Samara Klar and Yanna Krupnikov Reviewed by CHRIS BAYLOR
Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America, Hollie Russon Gilman Reviewed by GARY A. MATTSON
The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections, Christopher Devine and Kyle C. Kopko Reviewed by Jordan M. Ragusa