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Almanac of Virginia Politics 2008
Almanac of Virginia Politics 2008
Travis, Toni-Michelle C.

Published since 1977 and updated every two years, the Almanac of Virginia Politics is the leading source of information on the legislative process and key players in...


Trump's First Year
Nelson, Michael

Donald Trump took office in January 2017 under mostly favorable conditions. He inherited neither a war nor an economic depression, and his party controlled both houses of...


The Modernity of Witchcraft
The Modernity of Witchcraft

Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa

Geschiere, Peter

To many Westerners, the disappearance of African traditions of witchcraft might seem inevitable wuth continued modernization. In The Modernity of Witchcraft, Peter Geschieres...


The Case for Identity Politics
The Case for Identity Politics

Polarization, Demographic Change, and Racial Appeals

Stout, Christopher T.

Following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election of 2016, many prominent scholars and political pundits argued that a successful Democratic Party in the...


Peacebuilding through Dialogue
Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution

Stearns, Peter N.

This volume examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into...


Imagining Miami
Imagining Miami

Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World

Croucher, Sheila L.

Miami has long captured the world's attention in provocative ways. During the 1980s, a series of violent racial disturbances focused national and international attention there...


Battle over the Bench
Battle over the Bench

Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations

Steigerwalt, Amy

Who gets seated on the lower federal courts and why? Why are some nominees confirmed easily while others travel a long, hard road to confirmation? What role do senators and...


The Bill of Rights, The Courts, and the Law
The Bill of Rights, The Courts, and the Law
Bearinger, David

The Bill of Rights, perhaps the single most important document in American history, has provided a strong and remarkably durable framework in which the limits of government,...


Governing the Commonwealth
Governing the Commonwealth
Dudley, Robert

Governing the Commonwealth provides middle-school students with an introduction to Virginia’s government: its structure, processes, powers, and scope. The middle-school...


Broken Government

Bridging the Partisan Divide

Antholis, William J., Sabato, Larry J.

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year...


The View from the Bench and Chambers
The View from the Bench and Chambers

Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Bowie, Jennifer Barnes, Songer, Donald R., Szmer, John

For most of their history, the U.S. courts of appeals have toiled in obscurity, well out of the limelight of political controversy. But as the number of appeals has increased...


American Dreams

Opportunity and Upward Mobility

McKee, Guian, Lopez-Gottardi Chao, Cristina

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year...


Communication

Getting the Message Across

Hemmer, Nicole

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year...


Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education
Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education
Bowen, William G., Kurzweil, Martin A., Tobin, Eugene M., Pichler, Susanne C.

Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American...


Latino Politics
Latino Politics

Identity, Mobilization, and Representation

Espino, Rodolfo, Leal, David L., Meier, Kenneth J.

Due to the dramatic growth of the Latino population in America, in combination with the relative decline of the Anglo (non-Hispanic white) share, Latino Studies is increasingly...


Independence without Freedom
Independence without Freedom

Iran's Foreign Policy

Ramazani, R. K.

Ruhi Ramazani is widely considered the dean of Iranian foreign policy study, having spent the past sixty years studying and writing about the country's international relations...


Diversity Matters
Diversity Matters

Judicial Policy Making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Haire, Susan B., Moyer, Laura P.

Until President Jimmy Carter launched an effort to diversify the lower federal courts, the U.S. courts of appeals had been composed almost entirely of white males. But by 2008...


Portrait of a Patriot
Portrait of a Patriot

The Major Political and Legal Papers of Josiah Quincy Junior

Quincy, Josiah, Jr., Coquillette, Daniel R., York, Neil Longley

The most unique and important of all early American law reports are those of Josiah Quincy Jr. (1744–1775). These are the first reports of continental America’s oldest court,...


Partners or Rivals?
Partners or Rivals?

Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century

Wilkinson, Betina Cutaia

The emerging demographic and political presence of Latinos in the United States has moved the discussion of race relations beyond the terms of black and white. Using a variety...


After Virginia Tech
After Virginia Tech

Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Kapsidelis, Thomas P.

In what has become the era of the mass shooting, we are routinely taken to scenes of terrible violence. Often neglected, however, is the long aftermath, including the efforts...


The Color of Power
The Color of Power

Racial Coalitions and Political Power in Oakland

Douzet, Frédérick

The Color of Power is a fascinating examination of the changing politics of race in Oakland, California. Oakland has been at the forefront of California’s multicultural...


Strategic Selection
Strategic Selection

Presidential Nomination of Supreme Court Justices from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush

Nemacheck, Christine

The process by which presidents decide whom to nominate to fill Supreme Court vacancies is obviously of far-ranging importance, particularly because the vast majority of...


Law, Politics, and Perception
Law, Politics, and Perception

How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning

Braman, Eileen

Are judges' decisions more likely to be based on personal inclinations or legal authority? The answer, Eileen Braman argues, is both. Law, Politics, and Perception brings...


Crucible
Crucible

The President's First Year

Nelson, Michael, Chidester, Jeffrey L., Georgakis Abbott, Stefanie

Is the presidency a position one must learn on the job, or can one learn from others’ experience? No common thread runs through the list of forty-five presidents; no playbook...


The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism
The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism

Lessons from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel

Gross, Emanuel

Radically different from other struggles covered by the international laws of war, the war on terrorism continues to create new legal challenges and grave moral dilemmas for...


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