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Narrowing the Academic-Policy Divide: Will New Media Bridge the Gap?
Paul C. Avey, Michael C. Desch, Ana Petrova, and STEVEN LLOYD WILSON analyze the degree to which blogs and other online new media disseminate scholarship to foreign policy officials. They find that policymakers visit sites as supplementary news sources, not to engage with academic findings. They also find that policymakers rate blogs and strictly online news sources as about as useful as scholarly journal articles and academic books.

pp. 607-639

The Geopolitical Consequences of COVID-19: Assessing Hawkish Mass Opinion in China
Joshua Byun, D.G. Kim, and Sichen Li examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Chinese public’s foreign policy attitudes. Drawing on original surveys fielded in China during the first six months of the global pandemic, they find that ordinary Chinese citizens are optimistic about China’s future global position, and that this optimism corresponds with the widespread perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating China’s rise relative to the United States.

pp. 641-665

After Trump: Enemies, Partisans, and Recovery
Christopher J. Fettweis discusses what political polarization in the United States has in common with the relationship between the Cold War superpowers. He argues that in both cases the “enemy image” warps perception of the other side and prevents meaningful reconciliation. Applying insight from international relations to U.S. domestic politics, he discusses the pernicious effects of the enemy image and how to overcome it.

pp. 667-687

The Psychological Roots of Public Opinion toward a Militant Group: The Case of Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyaba
Karl Kaltenthaler and C. Christine Fair explore the sources of public sympathy in Pakistan for Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. They argue that the most common and widely distributed factor influencing individual sympathy with a militant group is the expectation that the militant group will bestow a sense of personal significance on that individual.

pp. 689-714

Ages of Organization: The Emergence of National Interest Groups in American History
THOMAS T. HOLYOKE traces and analyzes the rise of interest groups in American history. He finds that growing economic activity the late 19th and early 20th centuries lead to the emergence of a robust group community, often in the form of trade associations mobilized to defend industries and professions against government regulation. He argues that this growth in the reach of government power also led to the emergence of citizen advocacy groups calling for even greater use of state power to promote social and economic reforms.

pp. 715-740

How to Cure the Ills of Contemporary American Democracy? A Review Essay
Morris Fiorina reviews Lee Drutman’s book, Breaking the Two Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy. While he agrees with much of Drutman’s diagnosis of what has gone wrong with American politics, Fiorina is skeptical that the reforms proposed in Drutman’s Save American Democracy Act could be adopted, and would have as positive an impact as Drutman believes in the unlikely event that they are adopted.

pp. 741-750

Give Peace a Chance: A Review Essay
Richard H. Immerman’S review essay of John Mueller’s The Stupidity of War assesses the arguments as insightful, compelling, and in the current international environment, essential reading. Yet he concludes that a final judgment on Mueller’s claims about America’s farcical U.S. behavior throughout the Cold War and after requires answers to questions Mueller leaves unaddressed.

pp. 751-760

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life, Jonathan Alter
Reviewed by Thomas J. Balcerski

pp. 761-762

Hometown Inequality: Race, Class, and Representation in American Local Politics, Brian F. Schaffner, Jesse H. Rhodes and Raymond J. La Raja
Reviewed by Katherine Levine Einstein

pp. 762-764

Constraining Dictatorship: From Personalized Rule to Institutionalized Regimes, Anne Meng
Reviewed by Kurt Weyland

pp. 764-766

Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
Reviewed by Sean M. Diament

pp. 766-767

The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World, Séverine Autesserre
Reviewed by Lionel Beehner

pp. 767-770

The Unitary Executive Theory: A Danger to Constitutional Government, Jeffrey P. Crouch, Mark J. Rozell and Mitchel A. Sollenberger
Reviewed by Michael E. Thunberg

pp. 770-771

Trust in a Polarized Age, Kevin Vallier
Reviewed by Aaron Rosenthal

pp. 771-773

Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants, James A. McCann and Michael Jones-Correa
Reviewed by Vanessa Cruz Nichols

pp. 773-776

Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Reviewed by Kimberly Twist

pp. 776-777

The Psychology of Poverty Alleviation: Challenges in Developing Countries, William Ascher
Reviewed by Elaine K. Denny

pp. 777-779

Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy, Robert Vitalis

pp. 779-780

Immigration and the American Ethos, Morris Levy and Matthew Wright
Reviewed by Viviana Rivera-Burgos

pp. 780-782

The Picky Eagle: How Democracy and Xenophobia Limited U.S. Territorial Expansion, Richard W. Maass
Reviewed by Jay Sexton

pp. 782-784

American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics, Steven W. Webster
Reviewed by Marzia Oceno

pp. 784-785

Sustainable Cities in American Democracy: From Postwar Urbanism to a Civic Green New Deal, Carmen Sirianni
Reviewed by Kristin Olofsson

pp. 785-787

Hope and Scorn: Eggheads, Experts, and Elites in American Politics, Michael J. Brown
Reviewed by Angus Burgin

pp. 787-788

The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination, Meghan Condon and Amber Wichowsky
Reviewed by Markie McBrayer

pp. 789-790

Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public Really Thinks and Why It Matters, David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo
Reviewed by Matt Lesenyie

pp. 790-792

Manifesto for a Dream: Inequality, Constraint, and Radical Reform, Michelle Jackson
Reviewed by Robert L. Reece

pp. 792-793

How Insurgency Begins: Rebel Group Formation in Uganda and Beyond, Janet I. Lewis
Reviewed by William Reno

pp. 793-795

Politics for Profit: Business, Elections, and Policy Making in Russia, David Szakonyi
Reviewed by Sarah Wilson Sokhey

pp. 795-796

The Case for Identity Politics: Polarization, Demographic Change, and Racial Appeals, Christopher T. Stout
Reviewed by Jamil Scott

pp. 797-798

Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court, Matthew Clair
Reviewed by Andrew McCall

pp. 798-800

The Qualifications Gap: Why Women Must Be Better than Men to Win Political Office, Nichole M. Bauer
Reviewed by Janet M. Martin

pp. 800-801

Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today, Daniel Philpott
Reviewed by Kikue Hamayotsu

pp. 801-803

Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia, Nazita Lajevardi
Reviewed by Erik Love

pp. 803-805

From Empire to Nation State: Ethnic Politics in China, Yan Sun
Reviewed by Katherine Palmer Kaup

pp. 805-807

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