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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.

pp. 593-625

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.

pp. 627-653

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.

pp. 655-679

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.

pp. 681-696

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.

pp. 697-720

The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty, Helen J. Knowles
Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Stone

pp. 721-722

The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls, David W. Moore
Reviewed by Robert Y. Shapiro

pp. 722-724

Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy, Steven Metz
Reviewed by Sarah Kreps

pp. 724-725

Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?, Pippa Norris
Reviewed by Matthew Hoddie

pp. 725-727

Base Politics: Democratic Change and the U.S. Military Overseas, Alexander Cooley
Reviewed by Dimitris Keridis

pp. 727-728

Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in Iraq, Alexander Thompson
Reviewed by Terrence Chapman

pp. 728-730

Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works, David Mayhew
Reviewed by Sean Theriault

pp. 730-731

Reassessing the Incumbency Effect, Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Reviewed by Peter F. Galderisi

pp. 731-733

Out of Reach: Place, Poverty and the New American Welfare State, Scott Allard
Reviewed by Charles Barrilleaux

pp. 733-735

The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008, Lucas A. Powe, Jr.
Reviewed by Ken I. Kersch

pp. 735-737

The Presidency in the Era of 24-Hour News, Jeffrey E. Cohen
Reviewed by Justin S. Vaughn

pp. 737-739

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

pp. 739-740

New York State and the Rise of Modern Conservatism: Redrawing Party Lines, Timothy J. Sullivan
Reviewed by Brian J. Glenn

pp. 740-741

Legislative Voting and Accountability, John M. Carey
Reviewed by Scott Morgenstern

pp. 741-743

The State of Disunion: Regional Sources of Modern American Partisanship, Nicole Mellow
Reviewed by Andrew Reeves

pp. 743-744

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

pp. 744-746

Same Sex, Different Politics: Success and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights, Gary Mucciaroni
Reviewed by Clyde Wilcox

pp. 746-747

The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, JON A. SHIELDS
Reviewed by Matthew K. Desantis

pp. 747-749

American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It, Paul Lyons
Reviewed by John Zumbrunnen

pp. 749-750

Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power, Kurt M. Campbell and James B. Steinberg
Reviewed by Charles Tien

pp. 750-751

The Policy Makers: Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the Present, Anna Kasten Nelson
Reviewed by Carmela Lutmar

pp. 751-753

Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran Since the Fall of the Shah, John W. Parker
Reviewed by Elena Andreeva

pp. 753-754

The Politics of Extremism in South Asia, Deepa M. Ollapally
Reviewed by Sumit Ganguly

pp. 754-756

Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East, Nathan C. Funk and Abdul Aziz Said
Reviewed by S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

pp. 756-757

The Refugee in International Society: Between Sovereigns, Emma Haddad
Reviewed by Scott Edwards

pp. 757-758

From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Grigore Pop-Eleches
Reviewed by Martin S. Edwards

pp. 759-760

Negotiation and the Global Information Economy, J.P. Singh
Reviewed by Björn Wellenius

pp. 760-761

Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.–Japan Relations, Kent E. Calder
Reviewed by Kenneth B. Pyle

pp. 761-762

Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court, Rosalee Clawson and Eric Waltenburg
Reviewed by Theodore J. Davis.

pp. 763-764

Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins, Joshua M. Dunn
Reviewed by Christine H. Rossell

pp. 764-765

Meritocracy and Americans' Views on Distributive Justice, Richard T. Longoria
Reviewed by Daniel N. Lipson

pp. 765-766

Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945–1970, Karl Boyd Brooks
Reviewed by Michael E. Kraft

pp. 767-768

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

pp. 768-769

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