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A Political Science Public Sphere

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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.

Perspectives seeks to nurture a political science public sphere, publicizing important scholarly topics, ideas, and innovations, linking scholarly authors and readers, and promoting broad reflexive discussion among political scientists about the work that we do and why this work matters.

Editors:

Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University

Editorial Board and Editorial Staff

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Current Issue: Volume 12 Issue 02

From the Editor: The gendering of politics, and the politics of gender, are fundamental themes of human life. Back in March 2010 we featured these themes in our journal’s first-ever special theme issue. At over 400 pages, the issue was the longest single issue in the history of Perspectives and, I would be willing to bet, the history of APSA journal publishing more generally. It also launched our journal’s then-new cover design, which featured a photo of an impoverished Nigerian woman holding a machete with which to chop pieces of dying mangrove wood for sale. In preparing for the Introduction you are now reading, I went back and re-read that old issue of our journal. It is amazing how well it holds up, and how much it anticipates the themes discussed in this issue, also centered on the theme of Gender and Politics. We have chosen to revisit the gender theme for a variety of reasons worth noting. One is that gender issues were raised in a very public way at last year’s APSA meeting in Chicago (see Beth McMurtrie’s report on the meeting, “Political Science is Rife With Gender Bias, Scholars Find,” published in the August 30 Chronicle Review). Much of the discussion centered on the findings presented in Daniel Maliniak, Ryan Powers, and Barbara F. Walter’s piece in the October 2013 International Organization, “The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations.” But for many these findings were the launching point for discussing a much larger set of issues related to the gendering of political science. One interesting forum of discussion is the special symposium on “the gender gap” organized by The Monkey Cage (9/30/2013), which led with a piece by 2012-13 APSA President Jane Mansbridge, whose address is featured in this issue. These issues have indeed been the focus of a number of APSA committees, most notably the Ad Hoc Committee on Workable Solutions to Advancing Women in the Profession chaired by Kristen Renwick Monroe. They are of pressing concern to many APSA members, and so they were a topic of conversation at our journal’s September 2013 board meeting. Our board decided to make the gender citation question a major topic at our Spring 2014 meeting in Chicago. And we also decided to plan an issue of the journal centering on the theme of gender. READ MORE

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Source: Cambridge Journals Online

Contesting Authoritarianism
Editorial
Jeffrey C. Isaac
pp 305-309 Abstract

Autocratic Breakdown and Regime Transitions: A New Data Set
Research Articles
Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz
pp 313-331 Abstract

The Ballot and the Street: An Electoral Theory of Social Protest in Autocracies
Research Articles
Guillermo Trejo
pp 332-352 Abstract

Economic Origins of Democratic Breakdown? The Redistributive Model and the Postcolonial State
Research Articles
Dan Slater, Benjamin Smith, Gautam Nair
pp 353-374 Abstract

The Law’s Majestic Equality? The Distributive Impact of Judicializing Social and Economic Rights
Research Articles
Daniel M. Brinks, Varun Gauri
pp 375-393 Abstract

Explaining the Unexpected: Political Science and the Surprises of 1989 and 2011
Meeting Report
Marc Morjé Howard, Meir R. Walters
pp 394-408 Abstract

Response to Howard and Walters
Meeting Report
Eva Bellin
pp 409-412 Abstract

Response to Howard and Walters
Meeting Report
Ellen Lust
pp 413-414 Abstract

Response to Howard and Walters
Meeting Report
Marc Lynch
pp 415-416 Abstract

Response to Eva Bellin, Ellen Lust, and Marc Lynch
Meeting Report
Marc Morjé Howard, Meir R. Walters
pp 417-419 Abstract

The Most Important Topic Political Scientists Are Not Studying: Adapting to Climate Change
Research Articles
Debra Javeline
pp 420-434 Abstract

Democratic Politics in Times of Austerity: The Limits of Forced Reform in Greece
Review Articles
Harris Mylonas
pp 435-443 Abstract

Islamism and Authoritarianism: Works Published on the Cusp of the Arab Uprisings
Review Articles
Michaelle Browers
pp 444-448 Abstract

Choosing and Caring: Markets and Their Limits
Review Articles
Jeff Spinner-Halev
pp 449-454 Abstract

The Great Disconnect: Occupy and Political Science
Review Articles
Sanford F. Schram
pp 455-460 Abstract

A Discussion of Wael Hallaq's Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament
Meeting Report
IZA HUSSIN
pp 461-463 Abstract

A Discussion of Wael Hallaq's Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament
Meeting Report
NATHAN J. BROWN
pp 464-465 Abstract

A Discussion of Wael Hallaq's Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament
Meeting Report
NEGUIN YAVARI
pp 466-467 Abstract

Book Reviews (see below)

Review Index
Miscellaneous
pp 554-555 Abstract

PPS volume 12 issue 2 Cover and Front matter
Miscellaneous
pp f1-f10 Abstract

PPS volume 12 issue 2 Cover and Back matter
Miscellaneous
pp b1-b3 Abstract

Book Reviews In this Issue

Critical Dialogue. The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics. By Bennett W. Lance and Segerberg Alexandra. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 251p. $85.00 cloth, $29.99 paper.

Response to Sidney Tarrow’s review of The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics

The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688–2012. By Tarrow Sidney. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 263p. $80.00 cloth, $27.99 paper.

Response to W. Lance Bennett’s review of The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688–2012.

Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice. By Arceneaux Kevin and Johnson Martin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 244p. $75.00 cloth, $25.00 paper.

Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen. By Barker David C. and Carman Christopher Jan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 224p. $39.95.

The End of Conceit: Western Rationality after Postcolonialism. By Chabal Patrick. London: Zed Books, 2012. 288p. $116.95 cloth, $26.95 paper.

The Timeline of Presidential Elections: How Campaigns Do (and Do Not) Matter. By Erikson Robert S. and Wlezien Christopher. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 201 p. $75.00 cloth, $25.00 paper.

Compromise: A Political and Philosophical History. By Fumurescu Alin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 305p. $90.00.

Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. By Gleeson Shannon. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2013. 272p. $69.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.

How Partisan Media Polarize America. By Levendusky Matthew. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 213p. $75.00 cloth, $22.50 paper.

Elusive Victory: The American Presidency at War. By Polsky Andrew J.. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 456p. $29.95.

Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving. By Scott Adler E. and Wilkinson John D.. New York. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 246p. $85.00 cloth, $29.99 paper.

Improving Public Opinion Surveys: Interdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies. Edited by Aldrich John H. and McGraw Kathleen M.. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. 408 p. $35.00 paper.

The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare and Social Security Reform in the United States. By Béland Daniel and Waddan Alex. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012. 240p. $29.95 paper.

Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation. Edited by Coglianese Cary. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 304p. $49.95.

The Challenge of Congressional Representation. By Fenno Richard F.. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. 254p. $45.00.

The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America. By Gillespie Andra. New York: New York University Press, 2012. 313p. $65.00 cloth.

Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by HoSang Daniel Martinez, LaBennett Oneka, and Pulido Laura. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. 392p. $75.00 cloth, $34.95 paper.

Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking. Edited by Jenkins Jeffrey A. and Patashnik Eric M.. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 359p., $95.00 cloth, $31.00 paper.

The Morality of Spin: Virtue and Vice in Political Rhetoric and the Christian Right. By Klemp Nathaniel J.. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012. 199p. $66.50.

Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy. By McCarthy Nolan, Poole Keith T., and Rosenthal Howard. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 356p. $29.95.

Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America’s Positive Rights. By Zackin Emily. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 234p. $65.00 cloth, $29.95 paper.

The Great Gap: Inequality and the Politics of Redistribution in Latin America. Edited by Blofield Merike. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011. 416p. $39.95. Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America. By Huber Evelyn and Stephens John D.. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 368p. $90.00 cloth, $30.00 paper. Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America. By Kaplan Stephen B.. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 354p. $90.00 cloth, $25.99 paper.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe. Edited by Dimitrov Martin K.. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 386p. $99.00 cloth, $34.99 paper.

The Resurgence of the Radical Right in France: From Boulangisme to the Front National. By Goodliffe Gabriel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 376p. $99.00.

Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran. Edited by Heydemann Steven and Leenders Reinoud. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. 312p. $45.00 cloth. Civil Society in Syria and Iran: Activism in Authoritarian Contexts. Edited by Aarts Paul and Cavatorta Francesco. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013. 259p. $58.00 cloth, $22.50 paper.

Military Politics and Democracy in the Andes. By Jaskoski Maiah. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 322p. $55.00.

Globalization and the Distribution of Wealth: The Latin American Experience, 1982–2008. By Kacowicz Arie M.. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 262p. $95.00 cloth.

Putting Social Movements in Their Place: Explaining Opposition to Energy Projects in the United States, 2000–2005. By McAdam Doug and Boudet Hilary. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 278p. $99.00 cloth, $28.99 paper.

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities. By Mylonas Harris. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 271p. $85.00 cloth, $29.99 paper.

The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization. By Tsolakis Andreas. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2010. 393p. $79.95.

Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach. By Aronoff Myron J. and Kubik Jan. New York: Berghahn, 2012. 368p. $95.00 cloth, $34.95 paper.

The Scandal of Reason. A Critical Theory of Political Judgment. By Azmanova Albena. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 296p. $50.00.

A World of Becoming. By Connolly William E.. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011. 224p. $79.95 cloth, $22.95 paper. The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism. By Connolly William E.. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. 256p. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.

Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization. By Derman Joshua. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 295p. $99.00.

The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice. Edited by Fischer Frank and Gottweis Herbert. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. 400p. $94.95 cloth, $26.95 paper.

Toward the Common Good: A Catholic Critique of the Discipline of Political Science. Edited by Gorman Robert F.. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2011. 194p. $65.00.

Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age. By Mitchell Joshua. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. 208p. $20.00.

Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear: From Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism. By Mulholland Marc. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 416p. $65.00.

Worldly Ethics: Democratic Politics and Care for the World. By Myers Ella. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. 232p. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.

Catholicism and Democracy: An Essay in the History of Political Thought. By Perreau-Saussine Emile. Translated by Richard Rex and with a foreword by Alasdair MacIntyre. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 200p. $45.00.

The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism. By Stanley Sharon A.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 225p. $94.00.

The Modern World-System IV: Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789–1914. By Wallerstein Immanuel. Berkeley: Berkeley University of California Press, 2011. 396p. $68.95 cloth, $31.95 paper.

Law’s Relations: A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law. By Nedelsky Jennifer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 560p. $65.00 cloth, $39.95 paper.

Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions. Edited by Bellamy Alex J. and Williams. Paul D. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 512p. $125.00. Governing Disorder: UN Peace Operations, International Security, and Democratization in the Post-Cold War Era. By Zanotti Laura. University Park: Penn State Press, 2011. 200p. $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.

The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective. By Braumoeller Bear F.. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 297p. $90.00 cloth, $29.99 paper.

The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics. By Calder Kent E.. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 416p. $35.00.

Securitizing Islam: Identity and the Search for Security. By Croft Stuart. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 288p. $99.00 cloth, $35.99 paper.

Cosmopolitan Commons: Sharing Resources and Risks across Borders. Edited by Disco Nil and Kranakis Eda. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013. 344p. $56.00 cloth, $28.00 paper.

China, the United States, and Global Order. By Foot Rosemary and Walter Andrew. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 354p. $97.00 cloth, $34.99 paper. China Across the Divide: The Domestic and Global in Politics and Society. Edited by Foot Rosemary. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 231p. $99.00 cloth, $29.95 paper.

East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute. By Kang David C.. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 240p. $40.00 cloth, $22.00 paper. Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations. By Wang Zheng. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 312p. $32.50 cloth, $25.00 paper.

When Small States Make Big Leaps: Institutional Innovation and High-Tech Competition in Western Europe. By Ornston Darius. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012. 240p. $39.95.

Trust in International Cooperation: International Security Institutions, Domestic Politics, and American Multilateralism. By Rathbun Brian C.. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. $99.00 cloth, $33.99 paper.

Reforming the European Union: Realizing the Impossible. By Finke Daniel, König Thomas, Proksch Sven-Oliver, and Tsebelis George. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 248p. $80.00 cloth, $35.00 paper. The Crisis of the European Union: A Response. By Habermas Jürgen. New York: Polity, 2012. 120p. $64.95 cloth, $12.95 paper.

Mercenaries in Asymmetric Conflicts. By Fitzsimmons Scott. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 340p. $103.00.

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