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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.

pp. 9-41

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.

pp. 43-62

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.

pp. 63-86

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. 

pp. 87-118

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.

pp. 119-144

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.

pp. 145-150

The New Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev
Reviewed by Archie Brown

pp. 151-152

The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World, Zalmay Khalilzad
Reviewed by Paul R. Pillar

pp. 152-153

Political Peoplehood: The Role of Values, Interests, and Identities, Rogers M. Smith
Reviewed by Ken I. Kersch

pp. 153-155

Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter, George E. Marcus, Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy

pp. 156-157

Narrative and the Making of U.S. National Security, Ronald R. Krebs
Reviewed by JARROD HAYES

pp. 157-159

From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East, Sean L. Yom
Reviewed by David A. Lake

pp. 159-161

American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy, Christopher Hemmer
Reviewed by PETER HARRIS

pp. 161-162

Finding Common Ground: The Art of Legislating in an Age of Gridlock, Dave Bishop

pp. 162-164

Why Washington Won’t Work, Marc J. Hetherington and Thomas J. Rudolph
Reviewed by Laurel Harbridge

pp. 164-165

Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Climate Change, Jennifer Hadden
Reviewed by JESSICA F. GREEN

pp. 165-167

Minority Parties in U.S. Legislatures: Conditions of Influence, Jennifer Hayes Clark

pp. 167-168

The Workfare State: Public Assistance Politics from the New Deal to the New Democrats, Eva Bertram

pp. 168-170

The Limits of Legitimacy: Dissenting Opinions, Media Coverage, and Public Responses to Supreme Court Decisions, Michael A. Zilis

pp. 170-171

Governors, Grants, and Elections: Fiscal Federalism in the American States, Sean Nicholson-Crotty
Reviewed by Vladimir Kogan

pp. 171-173

Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the “God Gap”, Ryan L. Claassen
Reviewed by BEN GASKINS

pp. 173-175

The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum, John J. Pitney, Jr
Reviewed by DAVID SKUBBY

pp. 175-176

Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, Michael Javen Fortner
Reviewed by Christopher T. Stout

pp. 176-177

Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters, Eitan D. Hersh
Reviewed by DAVID KARPF

pp. 177-179

The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, Michael Schudson
Reviewed by Jason Ross Arnold

pp. 179-181

Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers, Torild Skard
Reviewed by LIAM PRINCE

pp. 181-182

Broken Trust: Dysfunctional Government and Constitutional Reform, Stephen M. Griffin
Reviewed by EMILY ZACKIN

pp. 182-184

When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence, Genevieve Lester
Reviewed by BRIANA R. MORGAN

pp. 184-186

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

pp. 186-187

Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, Stefano Recchia

pp. 187-189

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right, Seth Dowland
Reviewed by BENJAMIN T. TOLL

pp. 189-191

Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction, Samara Klar and Yanna Krupnikov
Reviewed by CHRIS BAYLOR

pp. 191-192

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America, Hollie Russon Gilman
Reviewed by GARY A. MATTSON

pp. 192-194

The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections, Christopher Devine and Kyle C. Kopko
Reviewed by Jordan M. Ragusa

pp. 194-195

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