New Books Network

David Milne, “Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
There are countless ways to study the history of U.S. foreign policy. David Milne, however, makes the case that it is “often best understood” as “intellectual history.” In his innovative book, Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), follows the lives and ideas of... Read More
Rachel Augustine Potter, “Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Rule-making may rarely make headlines, but the significance of this largely hidden process cannot be underestimated. Rachel Augustine Potter makes the case in Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) that rulemaking is incredibly important, but also political in ways that are misunderstood. Potter... Read More
Ben Merriman, “Conservative Innovators: How States Are Challenging Federal Power” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Expansion of federal power has typically come with the consent of states, often eager to receive the funding tied to new policy priorities. Not so any more, as some states have famously rejected funding for Medicaid expansion. Was the case of Medicaid and Obamacare an aberration or part of a... Read More
A. Nilsen, K. Nielsen, A. Vaidya, “Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations” (Pluto Press, 2019)
More than 70 years after its founding, with Narendra Modi’s authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well? Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations (Pluto Press, 2019), a prescient collection of essays, dialogues and commentary from scholars, activists and journalists, tries to come up with answers.... Read More
Daniel HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes, “Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Dan HoSang and Joe Lowndes’ new book, Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) documents the changing politics of race and class in the age of Trump across a broad range of phenomena, showing how new forms of racialization work to... Read More
Jennifer Dixon, “Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Jennifer Dixon’s Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan (Cornell University Press, 2018), investigates the Japanese and Turkish states’ narratives of their “dark pasts,” the Nanjing Massacre (1937-38) and Armenian Genocide (1915-17), respectively. The official version of history initially advocated by both states was similar in its adherence... Read More
Matt Guardino, “Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in US Public Policy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Neoliberal policies have been a primary feature of American political economy for decades. In Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in US Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Matt Guardino focuses on the power of corporate news media in shaping how the public understands the key... Read More