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Perspectives on Politics seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. Such discussion necessarily draws on and contributes to the scholarship published in the more specialized journals that dominate our discipline. At the same time, Perspectives seeks to promote a complementary form of broad public discussion and synergistic understanding within the profession that is essential to advancing research and promoting scholarly community.
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Current Issue: Volume 14, Issue 2
From the intro "Political Power and Social Classes": "The first issue of the APSR appeared in 1906—exactly 110 years ago. The early issues of the journal make interesting reading today. . . . Restrictions on child labor. Subjection of workplaces to the rule of law. The right to organize unions. Such aspirations and goals of political struggle in 1906 are now deeply embedded in public policy, and indeed help to define the meaning of citizenship for millions of workers." The June issue of Perspectives on Politics explores these social and political questions in today’s context.
"The first article, Daniel Galvin’s “Deterring Wage Theft: Alt-Labor, State Politics, and the Policy Determinants of Minimum Wage Compliance” centers on one of those objects of contention back in 1907 that remains problematic—the right of workers to be paid in an accurate and timely manner for their wage labor. . . .
"Alex Gourevitch’s “Quitting Work But Not the Job: Liberty and the Right to Strike,” proceeds from a fascinating observation: while the right to strike is an important historical achievement, its distinctive normative underpinnings have received very little attention from political theorists and its practical importance has received relatively little attention from students of comparative political economy, who tend to focus their attention on distributive questions. . . ."
Suzanne Mettler’s article “The Policyscape and the Challenges of Contemporary Politics to Policy Maintenance,” discusses the importance of “policy maintenance” so that laws can “achieve the purposes for which they were created.”
"In 'Judicial Review as a Limit on Government Domination: Reframing, Resolving, and Replacing the (Counter)Majoritarian Difficulty,' Matthew E.K. Hall presents an elaborate defense of an 'acquittal theory' of judicial review centering on the idea that “the imposition of fewer government sanctions tends to promote democratic values. . . .
"If the above pieces deal directly with questions of labor rights in historical and comparative perspective, William W. Franko, Nathan J. Kelly, and Christopher Witko’s 'Class Bias in Voter Turnout, Representation, and Income Inequality' discusses the political linkages between class, political parties, and voters in the wake of the demise of the post-WWII class compromise and the 'great compression' of inequality that it promoted. . . ."
In addition to these articles, the issue also includes two Reflections essays, two Praxis essays, and a number of insightful book reviews.
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