Books

Advances in Research Using the C-SPAN Archives, edited by Robert X. Browning. This book is a guide to the latest research using the C-SPAN Archives. In this book, nine authors present original work using the video archives to study presidential debates, public opinion and Congress, analysis of the Violence Against Women Act and the Great Lakes freshwater legislation, as well as President Clinton’s grand jury testimony. The C-SPAN Archives contain over 220,000 hours of first run digital video of the nation’s public affairs record. These and other essays serve as guides for scholars who want to explore the research potential of this robust public policy and communications resource.

Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons,The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a New Model of Emissions Trading. Leigh Raymond. MIT Press, September 2016. In 2008, a group of states in the northeast United States launched an emissions trading program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). With RGGI, these states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—achieved what had been considered politically impossible: they forced polluters to pay the public for their emissions. The states accomplished this by conducting auctions of emissions “allowances”; by 2014, they had raised more than $2.2 billion in revenues.

Public Opinion, Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice, 3rd Ed. Rosalee A. Clawson and Zoe M. Oxley. Washington, D.C. CQ Press, 2017. LCCN 2015051476/ISBN 9781506323312. In this revision of their lauded Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice, Rosalee A. Clawson and Zoe M. Oxley continue to link the enduring normative questions of democratic theory to the best empirical research on public opinion. Exploring the tension between ideals and their practice, each chapter focuses on exemplary studies so that students gain a richer understanding of key findings and the research process as well as see methods applied in context.                  

Surviving Amid Chaos, Israel's Nuclear Strategy Louis René Beres. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, April 2016. Now facing a genuinely unprecedented configuration of existential threats, Israel's leaders must decide whether to continue their deliberate nuclear ambiguity policy (the "bomb in the basement") as they consider such urgent and overlapping survival issues as regional nuclear proliferation, Jihadist terror-group intersections with enemy states, rationality or irrationality of state and sub-state adversaries, assassination or "targeted killing," preemption, and the probable effects of a "Cold War II" between Russia and the United States. Israel must develop a strategic posture that will involve a ...

The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests,Threats and Tools Keith Shimko. Oxford University Press, 2015. Keith Shimko's The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests, Threats, and Tools provides a unique framework for students to think critically about issues in American foreign policy, concentrating on the dilemmas that face policy makers today.

Exploring the C-SPAN Archives: Advancing the Research Agenda Robert X. Browning. Purdue University Press, November 15, 2015. Exploring the C-SPAN Archives is a collection of path-breaking research studies that use video drawn from the C-SPAN Archives. The book, based on the papers presented at a November 2014 conference, includes chapters that explore issues in presidential debates, minority representation, the presentation of the first ladies, stem research, and innovative ways to analyze video.

Policy Making in an Independent Judiciary: The Norwegian Supreme Court. Gunnar Grendstad, Eric Waltenburg, William R Shaffer. ECPR Press, 2015. How do the justices of a nation's highest court arrive at their decisions? In the context of the US Supreme Court, the answer to this question is well established: Justices seek to enshrine their policy preferences in their decisions, but they do so in a manner consistent with 'the law' and in recognition that they are members of an institution with defined expectations and constraints. In other words, a justice's behavior is a function of motives, means, and opportunities. Using Norway as a case study, this book shows that these forces are not peculiar to the decisional behavior of American justices. Employing a modified attitudinal model, Grendstad, Shaffer and Waltenburg establish that the preferences of Norway's justices are related to their decisions. Consequently, this book shows how an understanding of judicial behavior developed and most fully tested in the American judicial system is transportable to the courts of other countries.

The Politics of Work-Family Policies: Comparing Japan, France, Germany and the United States. Patricia Boling. Cambridge University Press, 2015. The work-family policies of Sweden and France are often held up as models for other nations to follow, yet political structures and resources can present obstacles to fundamental change that must be taken into account. Patricia Boling argues that we need to think realistically about how to create political and policy change in this vital area. She evaluates policy approaches in the US, France, Germany and Japan, analyzing their policy histories, power resources, and political institutions to explain their approaches, and to propose realistic trajectories toward change. Arguing that much of the story lies in the way that job markets are structured, Boling shows that when women have reasonable chances of resuming their careers after giving birth, they are more likely to have children than in countries where even brief breaks put an end to a career, or where motherhood restricts them to part-time work.

The Media, the Court, and the Misrepresentation, The New Myth of the Court.  Rorie Spill Solberg, Eric N. Waltenburg. Routledge, 2015. The Court’s decisions are interpreted and disseminated via the media. During this process, the media paints an image of the Court and its business. Like any artist, the media has license regarding what to cover and the amount of attention devoted to any aspect of the Court and its business. Some cases receive tremendous attention, while others languish on the back pages or are ignored. These selection effects create a skewed picture of the Court and its work, and might affect public attitudes toward the Court. Indeed, studies of media coverage of other governmental institutions reveal that when, and how, their policy decisions are covered has implications for the public’s understanding of, compliance with, support for, and cynicism about the policy.

This book uncovers and describes this coverage and compares it to the confirmation hearings, the Court’s actual work, even its members. Rorie Spill Solberg and Eric N. Waltenburg analyze media coverage of nominations and confirmation hearings, the justices’ "extra-curricular" activities and their retirements/deaths, and the Court’s opinions, and compare this coverage to analyses of confirmation transcripts and the Court’s full docket. Solberg and Waltenburg contend that media now cover the Court and its personnel more similarly to its coverage of other political institutions. Journalists still regurgitate a mythology supported by the justices, a "cult of the robe," wherein unbiased and apolitical judges mechanically base their decisions upon the law and the Constitution. Furthermore, they argue the media also focus on the "cult of personality," wherein the media emphasize certain attributes of the justices and their work to match the public’s preferences for subject matter and content. The media’s portrayal, then, may undercut the Court’s legitimacy and its reservoir of good will.

The Many Faces of Populism: Current Perspectives (Research in Political Sociology) Volume 22 by Dwayne Woods and Barbara Wejnert. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. The objective of this edited volume is to provide an answer by examining “the many faces of populism.” The unifying element across the different explorations of the phenomenon of populism is that there is a shared genus that allows for a typology of the different faces of populism and a demarcation of what is not a form of populism.

International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings, 5th Edition, Keith L. Shimko Purdue University. Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2008. Engaging and highly accessible, this reader-friendly text features broad coverage of key principles of international relations, providing a thorough introduction to the discipline while avoiding excessive detail and complexity.

International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies, and Readings, Fifth Edition, explores essential concepts such as power politics, war and democracy, human nature, free trade, inequality, globalization, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism. Each chapter features brief, topical coverage presented within a debate framework, challenging you to think critically, consider diverse perspectives, and apply what you have learned to real-world scenarios. The author also includes current, relevant primary source readings, giving you firsthand exposure to the materials and ideas shaping international relations today.

The Televised Congress by Robert X. Browning, published by Purdue University Press through Skyepak Publishing, August, 2014. This is an electronic online book about the U.S. Congress from an observational perspective written by Robert X Browning, associate professor of political science and communication at Purdue University and director of the C-SPAN Archives. The book has 450 indexed video clips from C-SPAN that are used to illustrate the the processes and concepts discussed in the book.

The C-SPAN Archives: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Discovery, Learning, and Engagement. Robert X. Browning, Editor. (Purdue University Press, November, 2014) The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and preserves all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, and research uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, from all House and Senate sessions in the US Congress, to hearings, presidential speeches, conventions, and campaign events, totaling over 200,000 hours, is contained in the video library and is immediately and freely accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by staff.

Whereas C-SPAN is best known as a resource for political processes and policy information, the Archives also offers rich educational research and teaching opportunities. This book provides guidance and inspiration to scholars who may be interested in using the Archives to illuminate concepts and processes in varied communication and political science sub-fields using a range of methodologies for discovery, learning, and engagement.

Sisters in the Statehouse, Black Women and Legislative Decision Making by Nadia E. Brown, (Now available, to be published March 2014, Oxford University Press.)Argues for an update to the fixed theory model of identity in politics by focusing on narrative histories.The first study that empirically examines how difference is recognized within groups and not just between groups. First to disaggregate perspectives within race and gender categories to explore the use of identity while drawing concrete connections from descriptive to substantive representation.

The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics by Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola, and S. Laurel Weldon. (Feb 2013,  Oxford University Press.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics brings to political science an accessible and comprehensive overview of the key contributions of gender scholars to the study of politics, and it shows how these contributions produce a richer understanding of polities and societies.

Exploratory Data Analysis: A Primer for Undergraduates, Eric WaltenburgWilliam McLauchlan, Sara Wiest, (2012, Kendall Hunt Publishing). "This book is an introduction to data exploration for political science students or, for that matter, anyone seeking to systematically understand social science data. The exploratory data analysis (EDA) approach and the techniques presented here are useful for anyone who is approaching a set of data for the first time. Our goal is to provide a methodical scheme for looking at data and extracting the patterns that are contained in the data. To do that, we will provide a framework, a set of "steps," and a set of methods that can accommodate a wide variety of data, regardless of subject matter." Pg. 1,

The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects, (2011, CQ Press, an imprint of Sage Publication). In the latest volume in this classic series, Editors Bert A. Rockman, Purdue University; Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College; and Colin Campbell University of British Columbia once again bring together top-notch scholars, this time to take a comprehensive look at the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Assessing Obama’s political strategy, as well as his administration’s successes and setbacks, chapter authors critically examine a presidency marked by continued partisanship, major policy battles, and continued global turmoil.             

Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice, Rosalee A. Clawson, Zoe Oxley, Second Edition (2012, CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publication) In this revision to their lauded core text, Clawson and Oxley continue to link the enduring normative questions of democratic theory to existing empirical research on public opinion. Exploring the tension between ideals and their practice, each chapter focuses on exemplary studies so students gain a richer understanding of the research process and see methods applied in context.

Conducting Empirical Research: Public Opinion in Action, Rosalee A. Clawson, Zoe Oxley (2011, CQ Press, an imprint of Sage Publications). Conducting empirical analysis is an ideal way to marry substance with skills, getting students to experience the joy of discovery firsthand. Through straightforward instruction and guided examples, Clawson and Oxley show students how to conduct web-based data analysis using UC Berkeley's survey documentation and analysis (available online for free) to answer questions about party identification or attitude stability, and to measure racial prejudice and political knowledge. Exercises cover a range of data collection techniques, survey research, and statistical analyses, ramping up from multiple-choice and open-ended questions to mini-research projects. An instructor's guide with solutions is available for adopters.  2012, CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE    Publication.

Diary of a Heartland Radical, Harry Targ (2011, Changemaker Publications)  A collection of essays and personal reflections on socialist politics and culture in the political and social culture in the United States from the 1950s to today written by Professor Harry Targ.

S. Laurel Weldon published When Protest Makes Policy, (The University of Michigan Press, 2011). What role do social movements play in a democracy? S. Laurel Weldon demonstrates that social movements provide a hitherto unrecognized form of democratic representation, and thus offer a significant potential for deepening democracy and overcoming social conflict. Through a series of case studies of movements conducted by women, women of color, and workers in the United States, and other member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), S. Laurel Weldon examines processes of representation at the local, state, and national levels. She concludes that, for systematically disadvantaged groups, social movements can be as important--sometimes more important--for the effective articulation of a group perspective as political parties, interest groups, or the physical presence of group members in legislatures.

Keith L. Shimko published The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution (Cambridge University Press, April 2010). Many saw the United States' decisive victory in Desert Storm (1991) as not only the vindication of American defense policy since Vietnam but also as a confirmation of a revolution in military affairs (RMA). Just as information-age technologies were revolutionizing civilian life, the Gulf War appeared to reflect similarly profound changes in warfare. A debate has raged ever since about a contemporary RMA and its implications for American defense policy. Addressing these issues, The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution is a comprehensive study of the Iraq Wars in the context of the RMA debate.

Rosalee Clawson, with Zoe Oxley (Union College), has published, Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice (CQ Press, February 2008). One of the central tenets of a democracy is that we expect the public to have some kind of a role in governmental decision making. After all, democracy means government by the people and for the people. But exactly what role does public opinion play?

Legacy and Legitimacy; Black Americans and the Supreme Court  Rosalee A. Clawson and Eric N. Waltenburg, (2009, Temple University Press) Thoroughly grounded in the latest scholarly literature, theoretical sources, and experimental results, Legacy and Legitimacy substantially advances understanding of Black Americans' attitudes toward the Supreme Court, the Court's ability to influence Blacks' opinions about the legitimacy of public policies, and the role of media in shaping Blacks' judgments.

 

 

 

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