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Questions of Character: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Questions of Character: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Robert C. Smith

Conversations about Donald Trump often begin with the question: how did he become president? In Questions of Character, Robert Smith provides some compelling answers based on his assessment of the role that personality and character played leading up to and during Trump's term in office. Smith traces the impact of Trump's character on the conduct of domestic and foreign policy,    More >

The Affordable Care Act: At the Nexus of Politics and Policy

The Affordable Care Act: At the Nexus of Politics and Policy

James M. Brasfield

In the more than a decade since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, questions about the law continue to be vigorously debated. What political dynamics led to its passage? Why has it been subject to so many existential threats? What accounts for its survival and growth? How can its performance best be evaluated? Addressing these questions, James Brasfield eschews partisan rhetoric to    More >

The Trickle-Up Economy: How We Take from the Poor and Middle Class and Give to the Rich

The Trickle-Up Economy: How We Take from the Poor and Middle Class and Give to the Rich

Mark Mattern

One of the most durable myths of US political economy is that we take from the rich and give to the poor—penalizing the rich for their hard work and rewarding the undeserving. Mark Mattern turns that story on its head. Documenting the everyday, institutionalized ways that income and wealth are transferred upward in the United States, Mattern shows how in fact the bottom subsidizes the    More >

The Women of 2018: The Pink Wave in the US House Elections ... and Its Legacy in 2020

The Women of 2018: The Pink Wave in the US House Elections ... and Its Legacy in 2020

Barbara Burrell

Avengers. PerSisters. The pink wave. And even badasses. These terms have been used to refer to the unprecedented number of female candidates who ran for elected office in the United States in 2018. Barbara Burrell explores this phenomenon—in the context of women's candidacies for election to the US House of Representatives—discussing who the women were, why they chose to run,    More >

Madam President? Gender and Politics on the Road to the White House

Madam President? Gender and Politics on the Road to the White House

Lori Cox Han and Caroline Heldman, editors

Scholars and pundits alike have spent more than a little time speculating about why Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump in 2016. Their conclusions may differ, but few would disagree that Clinton's nomination by a major party changed the political landscape in significant ways—nor that the results of the 2016 election provoked a large number of women to run for office at    More >

Religious Identity in US Politics

Religious Identity in US Politics

Matthew R. Miles

While existing scholarship addresses the influence of religious affiliation on political attitudes and behaviors in the United States, a number of puzzling questions remain unanswered. In response, Matthew Miles demonstrates that a more complete conceptualization of religion as a social identity can help to explain many of those puzzles. As he explores the impact, both positive and negative, of    More >

 

NEWS AND NOTES

Let’s celebrate: Mcebisi Ndletyana's Anatomy of the ANC in Power: Insights from Port Elizabeth, 1990–2019 just received an “Essential” review in Choice: “[An] exemplary study.... Ndletyana’s examination of how and why the ANC became so corrupt, so dysfunctional, so focused on benefitting itself and its leading cadres ... is of enormous academic and public-policy value.... Essential.” —Choice
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