New Books Network

Steven White, “World War II and American Racial Politics: Public Opinion, the Presidency, and Civil Rights Advocacy” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
World War II played an important role in the trajectory of race and American political development, but the War’s effects were much more complex than many assume. In order to unpack these complexities and mine underutilized sources of public opinion data, Steven White had written World War II and American... Read More
Elizabeth F. Cohen and Cyril Ghosh, “Citizenship” (Polity, 2019)
Political Theorists Elizabeth F. Cohen and Cyril Ghosh have written a sharp, concise, and complex analysis of the concept of citizenship, the theoretical origins of the term and idea, and they have provided some contemporary examples of the difficulties surrounding issues of citizenship. As part of the Polity Press series... Read More
Farhat Haq, “Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics” (Routledge, 2019)
Few doctrinal and political issues are more controversial in Pakistan today than that of blasphemy. In her excellent and engaging new book Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics (Routledge, 2019), Farhat Haq presents the history and present of blasphemy laws, debates, and politics in Pakistan, in a manner that... Read More
T. L. Bunyasi and C. W. Smith, “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter” (NYU Press, 2019)
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith have written an accessible and important book about the #BlackLivesMatter social movement and broader considerations of, essentially, how we got to where we are, in the United States, in regard to race and racism. They also go on to suggest and encourage readers... Read More
Matthew Hitt, “Inconsistency and Indecision in the United States Supreme Court” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
The United States Supreme Court operates to resolve disputes among lower courts and the other branches of government, allowing elected officials, citizens, and businesses to act without legal uncertainty. Yet a Court that prioritizes resolving many disputes sometimes will produce contradictory opinions or fail to provide a rationale for its... Read More
C. Strachan and L. Poloni-Staudinger, “Why Don′t Women Rule the World?: Understanding Women′s Civic and Political Choices” (Sage, 2019)
Why Don′t Women Rule the World?: Understanding Women′s Civic and Political Choices (Sage, 2019) is a comprehensive and useful addition to the established literature on women and politics. This book, authored by four political scientists with a diversity of training and expertise, delves into a broad and extensive overview of... Read More
Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, “Revolution and Its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In this new book, Revolution and its Discontents, Political Thought and Reform in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi’s (of Goldsmiths University of London) studies the rise and evolution of reformist political thought in Iran and analyses the complex network of publications, study circles, and think tanks that encompassed... Read More