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Homeland Insecurity Terrorism, Mass Shootings and the Public

Homeland Insecurity: Terrorism, Mass Shootings and the Public

1st Edition

By Ann Gordon, Kai Hamilton Gentry
March 10, 2021

In this book, Ann Gordon and Kai Hamilton Gentry expertly illuminate how the public has a role to play in ensuring its own security.Recent terror attacks and mass shootings in the United States have added urgency to the need for research on terrorism, the public’s understanding of the precursors of...

A Tale of Two Parties Living Amongst Democrats and Republicans Since 1952

A Tale of Two Parties: Living Amongst Democrats and Republicans Since 1952

1st Edition

By Kenneth Janda
March 02, 2021

Since 1952, the social bases of the Democratic and Republican parties have undergone radical reshuffling. At the start of this period southern Blacks favored Lincoln’s Republican Party over suspect Democrats, and women favored Democrats more than Republicans. In 2020 these facts have been...

Pop-Up Civics in 21st Century America Understanding the Political Potential of Placemaking

Pop-Up Civics in 21st Century America: Understanding the Political Potential of Placemaking

1st Edition

By Ryan Salzman
December 31, 2020

How people associate and engage in politics in the 21st century is notably different from similar behaviors in the 20th century. Ryan Salzman examines the political potential of placemaking, an increasingly popular set of behaviors that were unfamiliar to the American public until the last two ...

Interest Group Design The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause

Interest Group Design: The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause

1st Edition

By Marcie L. Reynolds
June 12, 2019

In Interest Group Design, Marcie L. Reynolds examines the evolution of Common Cause, the first national government reform lobby. Founded in 1970 by John W. Gardner, the organization gained influence with Congress and established an organizational culture that lasted several decades. External and ...

Removal of the Property Qualification for Voting in the United States Strategy and Suffrage

Removal of the Property Qualification for Voting in the United States: Strategy and Suffrage

1st Edition

By Justin Moeller, Ronald F. King
August 14, 2018

In Colonial America, democracy was centered in provincial assemblies and based on the collection of neighbors whose freehold ownership made them permanent stakeholders in the community. The removal of the property qualification for voting in the United States occurred over three-quarters of a ...

Public Debt and the Common Good Philosophical and Institutional Implications of Fiscal Imbalance

Public Debt and the Common Good: Philosophical and Institutional Implications of Fiscal Imbalance

1st Edition

By James Odom
July 19, 2018

The American national debt stands at $20.49 trillion as of January 2018, or roughly $63,000 for every person in the United States. The national debt has grown six-fold in the past 25 years, and borrowing only has accelerated in recent administrations. What are the factors driving such unrestrained ...

Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution

Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution

1st Edition

By Lisa K. Parshall
June 14, 2018

The 2020 presidential selection process is already underway. As the political parties finalize their nominating rules and the states jostle for an advantageous contest date, potential challengers are being identified and sized up by party insiders. Once again, media and popular attention will be ...

Congressional Communication in the Digital Age

Congressional Communication in the Digital Age

1st Edition

By Jocelyn Evans, Jessica M. Hayden
July 11, 2017

Communication defines political representation. At the core of the representational relationship lies the interaction between principal and agent; the quality of this relationship is predicated upon the accessibility of effective channels of communication between the constituent and representative....

White Voters in 21st Century America

White Voters in 21st Century America

1st Edition

By George Hawley
April 13, 2017

The United States is experiencing remarkable demographic changes that are having an important impact on the American electorate. As the minority share of the voting-eligible population continues to grow, the political clout of non-Hispanic whites will further decline. The 2012 election demonstrated...

The Social Process of Lobbying Cooperation or Collusion?

The Social Process of Lobbying: Cooperation or Collusion?

1st Edition

By John C. Scott
November 18, 2016

Despite a wealth of theorizing and research about each concept, lobbying and norms still raise a number of interesting issues. Why do lobbyists and politicians engage in cooperative behavior? How does cooperative behavior in lobbying affect policy making? If democratic participation is good, why do...

Candidate Character Traits in Presidential Elections

Candidate Character Traits in Presidential Elections

1st Edition

By David B. Holian, Charles L. Prysby
November 16, 2016

Voter perceptions of the personal traits of presidential candidates are widely regarded to be important influences on the vote. Media pundits frequently explain the outcome of presidential elections in terms of the personal appeal of the candidates. Despite the emphasis on presidential character ...

Perspectives on Presidential Leadership An International View of the White House

Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Patrick Cullinane, Clare Frances Elliott
May 26, 2016

In 2011 Barack Obama invited ten distinguished biographers to the White House to ask them one question: which past American president should I emulate? This was not the first time Obama asked scholars this, but the answer he received would differ as presidential legacies waxed and waned. In 2008 ...

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