New Books Network

J. Dyck and E. Lascher, “Initiatives without Engagement: A Realistic Appraisal of Direct Democracy’s Secondary Effects” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
Ballot initiatives offer voters the chance to directly determine the outcome of state policy change. Do Americans who vote on initiatives grow in political efficacy and participate more in the future? Or is the initiative process ultimately undemocratic in the sense that those who participate grow less interested in participating... Read More
Peter B. Josephson and R. Ward Holder, “Reinhold Niebuhr in Theory and Practice: Christian Realism and Democracy in America in the Twenty-First Century” (Lexington Books, 2018)
Peter Josephson and Ward Holder collaborated on their second book on theologian and political theorist Reinhold Niebuhr in producing this new book, specifically focusing on the questions of “why Niebuhr?” and “why Niebuhr now?” Josephson and Holder note that their “focus is Niebuhr himself and what the encounter between his... Read More
Aram Gousouzian, “The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America” (UNC Press, 2019)
The endlessly fascinating 1968 presidential race transformed American politics in ways that are still being felt. Aram Goudsouzian explores the characters who shaped that race in The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America (UNC Press, 2019). Goudsouzian argues the campaign marked... Read More
Henry Kissinger and Winston Lord, “Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership” (All Points Books, 2019)
In a series of riveting and in depth interviews, America’s senior statesman, former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension. With insights which are pertinent to the present and indeed the future. As National Security Advisor to President Richard... Read More
E. M. Levintova and A. K. Staudinger, “Gender in the Political Science Classroom” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Gender in the Political Science Classroom (Indiana University Press, 2018) is part of a series at Indiana University Press on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), and there is much within the book that is directly within the SOTL arena, but this book is significantly broader and more extensive... Read More
Lindsey N. Kingston, “Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Lindsey N. Kingston’s new book, Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019) interrogates the idea of citizenship itself, what it means, how it works, how it is applied and understood, and where there are clear gaps in that application. This is a wide-ranging, rigorously researched examination of... Read More
Gregory V. Raymond, “Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation” (NIAS Press, 2018)
Thailand is one of the world’s last remaining military dictatorships, and the last in Asia. While we are familiar with the Thai military’s frequent interventions in Thai politics, we know rather less about its external security role. As rivalry between the superpowers, the United States and China, has grown in recent years,... Read More