Current Releases

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness by Kent H. Hughes

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness

Author(s)
Kent Hughes

Public and private sector collaboration helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today. Building the Next American Century describes that movement, including its origins in the stagflation of the early 1970s, declines in manufacturing, and challenges from Germany and Japan.

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy by Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Author(s)
Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair Elections draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change.

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970 by Richard H. King

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970

Author(s)
Richard King

Toward the end of World War II, scholars and writers stressed the unity of humankind, but by the early 1970s, dominant voices proclaimed ongoing diversity—sometimes irreconcilable antagonism—among human cultures. To study this transition from universalism to cultural particularism, Richard King focuses on the major thinkers, movements, and traditions of thought, attempting to construct an intellectual history.

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America, edited by Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives studies the politics of efforts to reform education and health services in Latin America in the 1990s. Both sectors were common targets of reform, but both sectors also have large numbers of unionized public employees, whose presence affects patronage as well as political power.

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth-Century Japan by Laura Hein

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth-Century Japan

Author(s)
Laura Hein

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words traces the development of political culture in twentieth-century Japan through a social and intellectual biography of six Japanese economists who influenced national political life in significant ways.

Federal Taxation in America: A Short History, 2nd edition, by W. Elliot Brownlee

Federal Taxation in America: A Short History, 2nd edition

Author(s)
W. Elliot Brownlee

W. Elliot Brownlee describes the five principal stages of federal taxation in relation to the crises that led to their adoption—the formation of the republic, the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II—with a new chapter focusing on the tax policies of the George W. Bush administration.

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism, edited by Kathleen Kuehnast and Carol Nechemias

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism

Through anthropology, political science, and other disciplines, the contributors examine women’s role in post-Soviet nation-building, rural household economies, and democratization and civic activism.

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America, edited by Philip Oxhorn, Joseph S. Tulchin, and Andrew D. Selee

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective surveys a range of issues in decentralization: which actors in each country have been most responsible for decentralization, how much decentralization has transformed the state; and whether stronger local governments produce greater accountability to citizens.

Russia in Search of Itself by James H. Billington

Russia in Search of Itself

Author(s)
James H. Billington

In the turbulent decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conditions have worsened considerably for many Russians, and a wide-ranging debate has raged over the nature and destiny of their country. In Russia in Search of Itself, James H. Billington examines the efforts of a proud but troubled nation to find a post-Soviet identity.

Reforming the Tsar's Army: Military Innovation in Imperial Russia from Peter the Great to the Revolution, edited by David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye and Bruce W. Menning

Reforming the Tsar's Army: Military Innovation in Imperial Russia from Peter the Great to the Revolution

From Peter the Great to Nicholas II, Russian rulers always understood the need to maintain an army and navy capable of preserving the empire’s great power status. This volume examines how Imperial Russia’s armed forces sought to adapt to the challenges of modern warfare.

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