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Featuring works that are empirically deep, substantively interesting, and methodologically diverse, the list is representative of the subject in the broadest sense, with books in international relations, comparative politics, political behavior, American politics and political development, political theory and philosophy, legal studies, and political methodology.
Book Club Pick: Out of Many Faiths
America is the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In today’s volatile climate of religious conflict and distrust, how do we affirm that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different beliefs?
R. Douglas Arnold on Fixing Social Security
Since its establishment, Social Security has become the financial linchpin of American retirement. Yet demographic trends—longer lifespans and declining birthrates—mean that this popular program now pays more in benefits than it collects in revenue.
Vladimir Putin’s case
Law is neither dead nor irrelevant in wartime. It permeates the bureaucratic, legalistic structure of the modern war machine. All world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, acknowledge the post–World War II legal basis for waging war.
Madison’s balancing act
The further the American Revolution recedes into history, the easier it is to miss just how close the United States of America came to being a divided collection of competing colonies under the punishing heel of an angry Britain.
A look inside The War That Doesn’t Say Its Name
In early 2008, I set up my research base at the VIP hotel in downtown Goma, a trade hub in the eastern Congo nestled between the Nyiragongo Volcano and the shores of Lake Kivu.
Chryl Laird on the social experiment that helped her understand Black voters
Steadfast Democrats author Chryl N. Laird explains what a social experiment taught her about the way group behavior of Black voters is shaped by social networks.