Research Library

2016
McClendon, Gwyneth H. 2016. “Race and Responsiveness: An Experiment with South African Politicians.” Journal of Experimental Political Science.Abstract

Do politicians engage in ethnic and racial favoritism when conducting constituency service? This article presents results from a replication field experiment with local South African politicians that tested for racial bias in responsiveness to requests about public goods provision. The experiment represents an adaptation of similar experiments conducted in the United States, extending the design to a different institutional environment, albeit one with a similar racially-charged history. Although one might suppose that politicians in South Africa would seek to avoid racial bias given the recent transition to full democracy, I find that South African politicians—both black and white—are more responsive to same-race constituents than to other-race constituents. Same-race bias is evident in both the dominant and the main opposition political parties. Moreover, politicians are not particularly responsive to anyone. Implications for the further study of democratic responsiveness are discussed.

Domínguez, J.I., and Rafael Fernández de Castro, ed. 2016. “The Changes in the International System since 2000.” Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st. Century, edited by J.I. Domínguez and Rafael Fernández de Castro, 1-29. New York: Routledge, 1-29.
Domínguez, Jorge I., and Rafael Fernández de Castro, ed. 2016. “U.S.-Mexican Relations: Coping with Domestic and International Crises.” Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st. Century, edited by Jorge I. Domínguez and Rafael Fernández de Castro, 30-61. New York: Routledge, 30-61.
Domínguez, J.I., and Rafael Fernández de Castro. 2016. “The Changes in the International System since 2000.” Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st. Century, 1-29. New York: Routledge, 1-29.
Norris, Pippa, and Andrea Abel van Es., ed. 2016. Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective. New York: OUP.
Domínguez, Jorge I., and Rafael Fernández de Castro. 2016. Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st. Century. Routledge.
Norris, Pippa. 2016. “Electoral integrity and electoral systems.” Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems, edited by Erik S. Herron, Robert J. Pekkanen, and Matthew S. Shugart. New York: Oxford University Press.
Norris, Pippa. 2016. “Electoral integrity and voting behavior.” Routledge Handbook on Voting Behavior and Public Opinion, edited by Mark Franklin. New York: Routledge.
Norris, Pippa, and Yun-han Chu. 2016. “Electoral integrity in East Asia.” Routledge Handbook on Democratization in East Asia, edited by Tun-jen Cheng. New York: Routledge.
Norris, Pippa. 2016. “Electoral transitions: Stumbling out of the gate.” Rebooting Transitology - Democratization in the 21st Century. Routledge.
Norris, Pippa, and Ronald Inglehart. 2016. “Human Security and Social Trust.” Bringing Culture Back In: Culture and Liberal State Orders. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.
Norris, Pippa, and Andrea Abel van Es., ed. 2016. “‘Introduction’ and ‘Conclusions’.” Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective, edited by Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es.. New York: OUP.
Norris, Pippa, and Ronald Inglehart. 2016. “Muslim Integration into Western Cultures: BetweenOrigins and Destinations.” Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology, edited by Tahir Abbas. Routledge.
Domínguez, Jorge I., and Rafael Fernández de Castro, ed. 2016. “U.S.-Mexican Relations: Coping with Domestic and International Crises.” Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st. Century, edited by Jorge I. Domínguez and Rafael Fernández de Castro, 30-61. New York: Routledge, 30-61.
Frankel, J. 2016. “International Coordination”.File coodntnsffrb2015.docx
Pande, N., and A. Holland. 2016. “Microfinance: Points of Promise.” Contemporary and Emerging Issues. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.PDF icon Download PDF
Frankel, J. 2016. “The Plaza Accord, 30 Years Later.” Currency Policy Then and Now: 30th Anniversary of the Plaza Accord. Washington: Peterson Institute for International Economics.File Download PDF
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper
Pierson, Paul, and Jacob S. Hacker. 2016. American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper. New York: Simon & Schuster. Publisher's VersionAbstract

From the groundbreaking author team behind the bestselling Winner-Take-All Politics, a timely and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned.

In Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson explained how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. Now in American Amnesia, they trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity.

Like every other prospering democracy, the United States developed a mixed economy that channeled the spirit of capitalism into strong growth and healthy social development. In this bargain, government and business were as much partners as rivals. Public investments in education, science, transportation, and technology laid the foundation for broadly based prosperity. Programs of economic security and progressive taxation provided a floor of protection and business focused on the pursuit of profit—and government addressed needs business could not.

The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalist have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain how—and why they must be stopped.

Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice
Clark, William C., Pamela Matson, and Krister Andersson. 2016. Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Sustainability is a global imperative and a scientific challenge like no other. This concise guide provides students and practitioners with a strategic framework for linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable development, and serves as an invaluable companion to more narrowly focused courses dealing with sustainability in particular sectors such as energy, food, water, and housing, or in particular regions of the world.

Written by leading experts, Pursuing Sustainability shows how more inclusive and interdisciplinary approaches and systems perspectives can help you achieve your sustainability objectives. It stresses the need for understanding how capital assets are linked to sustainability goals through the complex adaptive dynamics of social-environmental systems, how committed people can use governance processes to alter those dynamics, and how successful interventions can be shaped through collaborations among researchers and practitioners on the ground.

The ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate students and an invaluable resource for anyone working in this fast-growing field, Pursuing Sustainability also features case studies, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.

Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity In Bangkok
Herzfeld, Michael. 2016. Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity In Bangkok. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Publisher's VersionAbstract

What happens when three hundred alleged squatters go head-to-head with an enormous city government looking to develop the place where they live? As anthropologist Michael Herzfeld shows in this book, the answer can be surprising. He tells the story of Pom Mahakan, a tiny enclave in the heart of old Bangkok whose residents have resisted authorities’ demands to vacate their homes for a quarter of a century. It’s a story of community versus government, of old versus new, and of political will versus the law.          

Herzfeld argues that even though the residents of Pom Mahakan have lost every legal battle the city government has dragged them into, they have won every public relations contest, highlighting their struggle as one against bureaucrats who do not respect the age-old values of Thai/Siamese social and cultural order. Such values include compassion for the poor and an understanding of urban space as deeply embedded in social and ritual relations. In a gripping account of their standoff, Herzfeld—who simultaneously argues for the importance of activism in scholarship—traces the agile political tactics and styles of the community’s leadership, using their struggle to illuminate the larger difficulties, tensions, and unresolved debates that continue to roil Thai society to this day.

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