Terror, Terrain, and Turnout: Explaining the 2002 Midterm Elections
Gary C. Jacobson argues that the results of the 2002 congressional election were
consistent with past midterm elections as referenda on the administration and the
economy, although the terrorist attacks of September 11 profoundly affected the referendum's
substance. The modest Republican victory was a consequence of the post-
September 11 rally in support for President George W. Bush, redistricting (in the
House), and higher turnout among Republican loyalists. There was no evidence of
any national shift in public sentiment toward the Republican party.
Terrorism as Breaking News: Attack on America
Brigitte L. Nacos analyzes the news coverage of the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. She concludes that the American press helped Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to realize their publicity objectives, while simultaneously losing some of its bite as the watchdog of government.
Do Nascent WMD Arsenals Deter? The Sino-Soviet Crisis of 1969
Lyle J. Goldstein employs an underutilized case study from the cold war to investigate the dynamics associated with confronting regional powers armed with nascent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) arsenals. This research challenges the thesis of the so-called proliferation optimists, who maintain that small WMD arsenals effectively empower the weak against the strong.
Engagement, Containment, and the International Politics of Eurasia
DAVID W. RIVERA analyzes whether post-Soviet Russia has pursued a hostile, imperialist course toward the other former republics of the Soviet Union and whether the West should adopt a policy of containing Russian expansionism. He concludes by assessing whether previous trends have continued into the Putin years and draws out the implications of its findings for the “Who Lost Russia?” debate and whether Russia should be invited to join NATO.
Black and Latino Voters in Denver: Responses to Each Other’s Political Leadership
Karen M. Kaufmann explores the influence of minority office-holding on the political behavior, attitudes, and participation rates of Latinos and blacks living in Denver, Colorado. Using data from four mayoral elections, she finds that both Latinos and blacks experience enhanced political engagement as a result of in-group attainment, but finds little evidence of a more generalized minority empowerment effect.
American Secret Intelligence: A Review Essay
John Prados comments on two recent books in the intelligence field that focus on spies and on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organization for scientific and technical work. From the spy as con artist to the cloak and dagger uses of laboratories and drafting tables, the works recast images of intelligence or break new ground in little understood areas. Both retain relevance today, although the main problems of intelligence are shifting away from areas where the CIA is strongest.
By Order of the President: The Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action, Phillip J. Cooper Reviewed by William G. Howell
The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress, and War Powers, Ryan C. Hendrickson Reviewed by David Gray Adler
Multiparty Politics in America: Prospects and Performance, 2nd ed, Paul S. Herrnson and John C. Green, eds. Reviewed by Philip Paolino
A User's Guide to Campaign Finance Reform, Gerald C. Lubenow, ed. Reviewed by Diana Dwyre
What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality, Benjamin I. Page and James R. Simmons ;
Why Government Succeeds and Why It Fails, Lawrence S. Rothenberg and Amihai Glazer Reviewed by Hugh Heclo
Welfare Policymaking in the States: The Devil in Devolution, Pamela Winston Reviewed by Robert C. Lieberman
On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity, Douglas S. Reed Reviewed by Matthew H. Bosworth
Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era, Taeku Lee Reviewed by Charles S. Bullock III
Visions of International Relations: Assessing an Academic Field, Donald J. Puchala, ed. Reviewed by James N. Rosenau
The New Russian Diplomacy, Igor S. Ivanov Reviewed by William D. Jackson
Making War, Thinking History: Munich, Vietnam, and Presidential Uses of Force From Korea to Kosovo, Jeffrey Record Reviewed by Allan C. Stam
Preparing the U.S. Army for Homeland Security: Concepts, Issues, and Options, Eric V. Larson and John E. Peters Reviewed by Antulio J. Echevarria II
Hijacking and Hostages: Government Responses to Terrorism, J. Paul de B. Taillon Reviewed by Sara A. Daly
Chasing Spies: How the FBI Failed in Counterintelligence but Promoted the Politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War Years, Athan Theoharis Reviewed by Russell Olwell
The Revolution in Military Affairs: Implications for Canada and NATO, Elinor C. Sloan Reviewed by Andrew Richter
The United States and Venezuela: Rethinking a Relationship, Janet Kelly and Carlos A. Romero Reviewed by Deborah Norden
Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts, Daniel Byman Reviewed by Chaim Kaufmann
Civil Wars and Foreign Powers: Outside Intervention in Intrastate Conflict, Patrick M. Regan Reviewed by Barry M. Blechman
NATO's Air War for Kosovo: A Strategic and Operational Assessment, Benjamin S. Lambeth Reviewed by David M. Edelstein
To Moscow, Not Mecca: The Soviet Campaign Against Islam in Central Asia, 1917-1941, Shoshana Keller Reviewed by Kathleen Collins
The European Monetary Union in a Public Choice Perspective, Jennifer C. Martin-Das Reviewed by David M. Andrews
The French Challenge: Adapting to Globalization, Philip H. Gordon and Sophie Meunier Reviewed by Ellen L. Frost
The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Movement, Dingxin Zhao ;
The Perils of Protest: State Repression and Student Activism in China and Taiwan, Teresa Wright Reviewed by Stanley Rosen
Gender and the Political Economy of Development, Shirin M. Rai Reviewed by Kathleen Staudt
Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism, Sarah Babb Reviewed by Diane E. Davis
Bounded Missions: Military Regimes and Democratization in the Southern Cone and Brazil, Craig L. Arceneaux Reviewed by Jeanne K. Giraldo
Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States, Duane Swank Reviewed by Robert J. Franzese, Jr.
Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change, Jane E. Fountain Reviewed by Donald F. Kettl
The Capacity to Govern, Yehezkel Dror Reviewed by Chris Argyris
The President's Cabinet: Gender, Power, and Representation, Mary Anne Borrelli Reviewed by Donna E. Shalala