Perspectives on Politics

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.


Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University

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Current Issue: Volume 12 Issue 03

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

Source: Cambridge Journals Online

PPS volume 12 issue 3 Cover and Front matter
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PPS volume 12 issue 3 Cover and Back matter
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Rethinking American Democracy?
Jeffrey C. Isaac
pp 557-562 Abstract

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens
Research Articles
Martin Gilens, Benjamin I. Page
pp 564-581 Abstract

Who Passes Business’s “Model Bills”? Policy Capacity and Corporate Influence in U.S. State Politics
Research Articles
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
pp 582-602 Abstract

“Ideas about Interests”: Explaining the Changing Partisan Politics of Education
Research Articles
Christina Wolbrecht, Michael T. Hartney
pp 603-630 Abstract

Health Reform and the Future of American Politics
Research Articles
Lawrence R. Jacobs
pp 631-642 Abstract

After the “Master Theory”: Downs, Schattschneider, and the Rebirth of Policy-Focused Analysis
Research Articles
Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson
pp 643-662 Abstract

Analytic Filmmaking: A New Approach to Research and Publication in the Social Sciences
Meeting Report
Roy Germano
pp 663-676 Abstract

Analytic Filmmaking and the Persistence of Narrative: A Response to Roy Germano
Meeting Report
Sunita Parikh
pp 677-679 Abstract

I Am Not a Camera: On Visual Politics and Method. A Response to Roy Germano
Meeting Report
Dvora Yanow
pp 680-683 Abstract

Analytic Filmmaking as Social Scientific Research: A Response to Roy Germano
Meeting Report
Jeffrey L. Gould
pp 684-685 Abstract

The Woodgrain of the Chessboard: A Response to Roy Germano
Meeting Report
Henry Farrell
pp 686-687 Abstract

Cinéma vérité and the Ontology of Cinema: A Response to Roy Germano
Meeting Report
Davide Panagia
pp 688-690 Abstract

Analytic Filmmaking: A Response to Critics
Meeting Report
Roy Germano
pp 691-694 Abstract

How the Scholars Strategy Network Helps Academics Gain Public Influence
Research Articles
Theda Skocpol
pp 695-703 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
Sheri Berman
pp 704-705 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
Edward G. Carmines
pp 706-707 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
Cathy J. Cohen
pp 708-709 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
George Lawson
pp 710-711 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
David R. Mayhew
pp 712-713 Abstract

A Discussion of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time By Ira Katznelson
Meeting Report
William E. Scheuerman
pp 714-715 Abstract

A Discussion of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation By Jonathan Rieder
Meeting Report
Erica Chenoweth
pp 716-717 Abstract

A Discussion of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation By Jonathan Rieder
Meeting Report
Juliet Hooker
pp 718-719 Abstract

Book Reviews (see below)

Review Index
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Book Reviews In this Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court and New Federalism: From the Rehnquist Court to the Roberts Court. ByBanks Christopher P. andBlakeman John C..Lanham, MD:Rowman & Littlefield,2012.348p. $49.95.

Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism. ByBarkan Joshua.Minneapolis:University of Minnesota Press,2013.243p. $75.00 cloth, $25.00 paper. Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law. ByRamirez Steven A..New York:New York University Press,2012.286p. $45.00 cloth, $25.00 paper.

Atlanta Unbound: Enabling Sprawl Through Policy and Planning. ByBasmajian Carlton Wade.Philadelphia, PA:Temple University Press.264p. $74.50. Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of the U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia. ByFriedman Andrew.Oakland, CA:University of California Press.416p. $70.00 cloth, $29.95 paper.

Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics. ByBoryczka Jocelyn M..Philadelphia:Temple University Press.200p. $74.50 cloth, $29.95 paper.

Richard T. Ely’s Critique of Capitalism. ByBradizza Luigi.New York:Palgrave Macmillian,2013.256p. $100.00.

Whose Rights? Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion. ByBrooks Clem andManza Jeff.New York:Russell Sage Foundation,2013.188p. $29.95.

The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression. ByBurgin Angus.Cambridge, MA:Harvard University Press,2012.320p. $29.95.

Blacks in and out of the Left. ByDawson Michael C..Cambridge, MA:Harvard University Press,2013.242p. $24.95.

The Myth of Liberal Ascendancy: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. ByWilliam Domhoff G..Boulder, CO:Paradigm,2013.320p. $124 cloth, $28.95 paper.

Ideology in America. ByEllis Christopher andStimson James A..New York:Cambridge University Press,2012.224p. $99.00 cloth, $27.99 paper.

The Pathologies of Power: Fear, Honor, Glory and Hubris in U.S. Foreign Policy. ByFettweis Christopher.Cambridge:Cambridge University Press,2013.307p. $85.00 cloth, $29.99 paper. Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan. ByNau Henry.Princeton:Princeton University Press,2013.321p. $35.00.

The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution. ByFrazer Gregg L..Lawrence:University Press of Kansas,2012.299p. $34.95.

Declaring War: Congress, the President, and What the Constitution Does Not Say. ByHallett Brien.Cambridge:Cambridge University Press,2012.273p. $99.00 cloth, $33.99 paper.

The Irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Problem of Christian Statecraft. ByWard Holder R. andJosephson Peter B..Surrey, UK:Ashgate,2012.222p. $94.95.

Open for Business: Conservatives’ Opposition to Environmental Regulation. ByLayzer Judith A..Cambridge, MA:The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press,2012.496p. $35.00 cloth, $20.00 paper.

The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time. ByLebron Christopher J..New York:Oxford University Press,2013.202p. $74.00.

The Politics of Social Welfare in America. ByMackin Glenn David.New York:Cambridge University Press,2013.226p. $90.00.

Citizenship and the Origins of Women’s History in the United States. ByMurphy Teresa Anne.Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press,2013.240p. $42.50.

Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns. ByNielsen Rasmus Kleis.Princeton:Princeton University Press,2012.256p. $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.

Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research During the Cold War. ByRohde Joy.Ithaca, NY:Cornell University Press,2013.213p. $29.95.

Voter Turnout: A Social Theory of Political Participation. ByRolfe Meredith.Cambridge:Cambridge University Press,2012.220p. $91.00 cloth, $28.99 paper.

The Most Fundamental Right: Contrasting Perspectives on the Voting Rights Act. Edited byMcCool Daniel.Bloomington:Indiana University Press,2012.419p. $35.00. Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence. ByRouse Stella M..New York:Cambridge University Press,2013.186p. $89.10.

The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election. BySides John andVavreck Lynn.Princeton:Princeton University Press,2013.331p. $29.95.

A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy. ByChristian-Smith Juliet andFleick Peter H., withCooley Heather,Allen Lucy,Vanderwarker Amy, andBerry Kate A..New York:Oxford University Press,2012.360p. $27.95. Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply. BySoll David.Ithaca, NY:Cornell University Press,2013.296p. $29.95.

This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America. ByLovell George I..Chicago:University of Chicago Press,2012.269p. $76.50 cloth, $27.50 paper. That Broader Definition of Liberty: The Theory and Practice of the New Deal. ByStipelman Brian.Lanham, MD:Lexington Books,2012.336p. $100.00

The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture. ByVégső Roland.New York:Fordham University Press,2013.245p. $85 cloth, $24 paper.

American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry. ByHlatky Stéfanie von.New York:Oxford University Press,2013.208p. $85.00.

The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic. ByWeil Patrick.Philadelphia:The University of Pennsylvania Press,2013.296p. 34.95.

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