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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...


High Courts in Global Perspective
High Courts in Global Perspective

Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings

Garoupa, Nuno, Gill, Rebecca D., Tiede, Lydia B.

High courts around the world hold a revered place in the legal hierarchy. These courts are the presumed impartial final arbiters as individuals, institutions, and nations...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Diversity in Democracy
Diversity in Democracy

Minority Representation in the United States

Segura, Gary M., Bowler, Shaun

As the racial and ethnic minority populations of the United States grow past 30 percent, candidates cannot afford to ignore the minority vote. The studies collected in...


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--from an international...


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...


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,...


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...


Race

The American Cauldron

Blackmon, Douglas A.

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...


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...


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...


Counting on the Latino Vote
Counting on the Latino Vote

Latinos as a New Electorate

DeSipio, Louis

Latinos, along with other new immigrants, are not being incorporated into U.S. politics as rapidly as their predecessors, raising concerns about political fragmentation along...


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...


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...


Lessons in Integration
Lessons in Integration

Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in American Schools

Frankenberg, Erica, Orfield, Gary

Segregation is deepening in American schools as courts terminate desegregation plans, residential segregation spreads, the proportion of whites in the population falls, and...


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...


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...


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 extralegal immigration to the...


Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls
Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls

A Populist Vision of Intellectual Property Rights

Matsuura, Jeffrey H.

Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson had the most substantial direct experience with the issues surrounding intellectual property rights and their impact on creativity...


The State against the Peasantry
The State against the Peasantry

Rural Struggles in Colonial and Postcolonial Mozambique

Bowen, Merle L.

In 1975, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) led the country to independence after a ten-year guerilla war against Portuguese colonial rule. Peasants were...


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...


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...


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