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The Senate
The Senate

From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock

Wirls, Daniel

In this lively analysis, Daniel Wirls examines the Senate in relation to our other institutions of government and the constitutional system as a whole,...


Handcuffs and Chain Link
Handcuffs and Chain Link

Criminalizing the Undocumented in America

Gonzalez O'Brien, Benjamin

Handcuffs and Chain Link enters the immigration debate by addressing one of its most controversial aspects: the criminalization both of...


The Market Revolution in America
The Market Revolution in America

Social, Political, and Religious Expressions 1800–1880

Stokes, Melvyn, Conway, Stephen

The last decade has seen a major shift in the way nineteenth-century American history is interpreted, and increasing attention is being paid to the...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy
Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy

Critical Perspectives from around the World

Russell, Peter H., O'Brien, David M.

This collection of essays by leading scholars of constitutional law looks at a critical component of constitutional democracy--judicial independence--...


Fighting Political Gridlock
Fighting Political Gridlock

How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives

Toscano, David J.

In this profoundly polarized era, the nation has been transfixed on the politics of Washington and its seemingly impenetrable gridlock. Many of the...


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...


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