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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...


Judging on a Collegial Court
Judging on a Collegial Court

Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making

Hettinger, Virginia A., Lindquist, Stefanie A., Martinek, Wendy L.

in the professional world as a starting point for collaboration; rather than leaving decisions to just one person, dissent offers the opportunity to rethink or reinvent an idea...


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...


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...


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...


Political Development and the New Realism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Political Development and the New Realism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Apter, David E., Rosberg, Carl G.

Since the 1950s David Apter and Carl Rosenberg have been among the leading American scholars in African Studies. In this volume they, along with other major specialists in the...


Lighting the Way
Lighting the Way

Federal Courts, Civil Rights, and Public Policy

Rice, Douglas

Do our federal courts, including the Supreme Court, lead or merely implement public policy? This is a critical question in the study and practice of law, with a long history of...


Trump
Trump

The First Two Years

Nelson, Michael

On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, Michael Nelson, one of our finest and most objective presidential scholars, published Trump’s First Year, a...


Dividing The Commons
Dividing The Commons

Politics, Policy, and Culture in Botswana

Peters, Pauline E.

Pauline E. Peters shows how Africa's current grazing-land policy, like the water-development policies of the 1930s, is part of a historical process through which resources are...


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...


Creating Constitutional Change
Creating Constitutional Change

Clashes over Power and Liberty in the Supreme Court

Ivers, Gregg, McGuire, Kevin T.

Because the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tell us what the Constitution means, they can create constitutional change. For quite some time, general readers who have been...


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...


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 Moral Foundations of the American Republic
The Moral Foundations of the American Republic
Horwitz, Robert H.

Contributors:

Joseph Cropsey * Benjamin R. Barber * Richard Hofstadter * Martin Diamond * Gordon S. Wood * Robert A. Goldwin * Wilson Carey McWilliams * Robert A. Dahl...


Transforming Politics, Transforming America
Transforming Politics, Transforming America

The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States

Lee, Taeku, Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, Ramírez, Ricardo

Over the past four decades, the foreign-born population in the United States has nearly tripled, from about 10 million in 1965 to more than 30 million today. This wave of new...


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...


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...


Merely Judgment
Merely Judgment

Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court

Sweet, Martin J.

Merely Judgment uses affirmative action in government contracting, legislative vetoes, flag burning, hate speech, and school prayer as windows for understanding how...


Bringing Race Back In
Bringing Race Back In

Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama

Stout, Christopher T.

Bringing Race Back In empirically investigates whether "post-racial" campaign strategies, which are becoming increasingly common, improve black candidates’ ability to...


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...


Limits of Anarchy
Limits of Anarchy

Intervention and State Formation in Chad

Nolutshungu, Sam C.

The emergence and disintegration of states, often under conditions of appalling violence, is a problem of primary importance in the world. Chad's long experience of civil...


Summer of Hate
Summer of Hate

Charlottesville, USA

Spencer, Hawes

In August 2017, violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during two days of demonstrations by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and counterprotesters, including members of...


The Papers of Woodrow Wilson
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson

Taking office with a Democrat-held House and Senate, Woodrow Wilson embarked on one of the most important chapters in the Progressive movement, approving the Federal Reserve Act, establishing the...


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...


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...


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