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Extreme Referendum: Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Elections
Gary C. Jacobson analyzes the 2018 midterm elections. He finds that divergent popular reactions to Donald Trump’s presidency extended the trend toward increasingly partisan, nationalized, and president-centered midterm elections. The result was the most sweeping national referendum on any administration at least since the Great Depression.

pp. 9-38

The Enduring Constraints on Iran’s Power after the Nuclear Deal
Thomas Juneau assesses the 2016 nuclear deal with Iran. He argues that critics of this deal incorrectly argued that it enhanced Iran’s position in the Middle East. He concludes that even under the deal Iran’s ability to gain power and to exert regional influence remained constrained.

pp. 39-61

Voter ID Laws: The Disenfranchisement of Minority Voters?
Ben Pryor, Rebekah Herrick and James A. Davis examine the effects of strict voter identification laws on minority voter suppression. They analyze United States Census data and find that strict identification laws do not appear to disproportionally suppress voter turnout among minority groups.

pp. 63-83

Constitutional Foundations of Military Coups
ABDULLAH AYDOGAN argues that military coups are less likely to occur in countries with parliamentary systems. In these countries, he claims, military elites seeking to remove chief executives often select other strategies, such as threatening legislators.

pp. 85-116

Budgets and Strategy: The Enduring Legacy of the Revolt of the Admirals
ANAND TOPRANI discusses the origins and significance of the 1949 “Revolt of the Admirals.” He argues that the unification of the U.S. military services and subsequent defense budget cuts made this rivalry among the military services intense. He concludes that inter-service rivalry was mitigated only by increases in defense spending and by civilian leaders allowing the services to determine how to allocate resources.

pp. 117-146

Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate, Morris P. Fiorina
Reviewed by Matt Grossmann

pp. 147-148

The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters, Matthew Kroenig
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz

pp. 148-151

Why Parties Matter: Political Competition and Democracy in the American South, John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin
Reviewed by Marty Cohen

pp. 151-152

Challenged Hegemony: The United States, China, and Russia in the Persian Gulf, Steven A. Yetiv and Katerina Oskarsson
Reviewed by F. Gregory Gause III

pp. 152-154

The Conflicted Superpower: America's Collaboration with China and India in Global Innovation, Andrew B. Kennedy
Reviewed by John Echeverri-Gent

pp. 154-155

Presidential Leverage: Presidents, Approval, and the American State, Daniel E. Ponder
Reviewed by Meena Bose

pp. 155-157

Donald Trump and the Prospect for American Democracy: An Unprecedented President in an Age of Polarization, Arthur Paulson
Reviewed by Jeff Taylor

pp. 157-158

Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, Melvyn P. Leffler
Reviewed by Simon Miles

pp. 158-160

Hacking the Bomb: Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons, Andrew Futter
Reviewed by John Arquilla

pp. 160-161

When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises, Michael D. Cohen
Reviewed by Terence Roehrig

pp. 161-163

The End of Grand Strategy: U.S. Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century, Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski
Reviewed by Harvey M. Sapolsky

pp. 163-164

Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford, Scott Kaufman
Reviewed by Mark Rozell

pp. 164-165

Bloomberg: A Billionaire's Ambition, Chris McNickle
Reviewed by Sarah Reckhow

pp. 165-167

Candidates and Voters: Ideology, Valence, and Representation in U.S. Elections, Walter J. Stone
Reviewed by Benjamin Ogden

pp. 167-168

American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class, Ron Formisano
Reviewed by Spencer Piston

pp. 169-170

Strategic Frames: Europe, Russia, and Minority Inclusion in Estonia and Latvia, Jennie L. Schulze
Reviewed by Melanie H. Ram

pp. 170-172

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics, Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell and Adam Bonica and Maya Sen
Reviewed by Edward B. Rugemer

pp. 172-173

Electoral Incentives in Congress, Jamie L. Carson and Joel Sievert
Reviewed by Jack D. Collens

pp. 173-175

Legislative Style, William Bernhard and Tracy Sulkin
Reviewed by James M. Curry

pp. 175-176

The Price of Prestige: Conspicuous Consumption in International Relations, Lilach Gilady

pp. 176-178

The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft, Cynthia Roberts, Leslie Elliott Armijo and Saori N. Katada
Reviewed by Andrew F. Cooper

pp. 178-179

The Marines, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Culture: Lessons Learned and Lost in America's Wars, Jeannie L. Johnson
Reviewed by Jason Dempsey

pp. 179-181

Allies That Count: Junior Partners in Coalition Warfare, Olivier Schmitt
Reviewed by Sara Bjerg Moller

pp. 181-183

Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy, Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo
Reviewed by Kurt Weyland

pp. 183-184

Taming Intuition: How Reflection Minimizes Partisan Reasoning and Promotes Democratic Accountability, Kevin Arceneaux and Ryan J. Vander Wielen
Reviewed by Liliana Mason

pp. 185-186

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