Current Releases

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.

The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know, edited by Francine R. Frankel and Harry Harding

The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know

As we move further into a new century, the two most populous nations on earth, China and India, continue a long and tangled relationship. This volume brings together scholars from political science, history, economics, international relations, and security studies to add depth to our understanding of India-China relations.

Russia in Search of Itself by James H. Billington

Russia in Search of Itself

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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.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life, edited by Robert A. Katzmann

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life

One of the most distinguished figures in twentieth-century American politics, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was at the center of virtually every major political issue of his day. The contributors to this career-spanning assessment use their diverse interactions with him to paint a picture of an extraordinary thinker with many areas of intellectual concern.

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, edited by Sara Castro-Klarén and John Charles Chasteen

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Beyond Imagined Communities shows how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms in the nineteenth century by examining social situations and the production of cultural objects such as novels, folklore, and national literary histories.

Popular Political Support in Urban China by Jie Chen

Popular Political Support in Urban China

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Jie Chen

Has the current political system in the People’s Republic of China lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese public? On the basis of three carefully drawn surveys of Beijing residents between 1995 and 1999, the author finds that diffuse support for the current political system—based on attitudes toward institutions and values—remains strong, at least among city-dwellers, though it is gradually declining.

China after Jiang, edited by Gang Lin and Xiaobo Hu

China after Jiang

One of the first evaluations of China’s leadership transition with Jiang Zemin’s 2002 retirement as Communist Party chief, this book probes the country’s related institutional transitions—both those under way and those still needed if China is to remain stable and prosperous in the 21st century.

Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in the Developing World, edited by Patricia L. McCarney and Richard E. Stren

Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in the Developing World

Governance on the Ground shows people at a local level working through municipal institutions to take more responsibility for their own lives and environment. This study reports what social scientists in eight local networks found when they chose their own subjects for a worldwide comparative study of institutional reform at the local level.

Russian-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia, edited by Jan H. Kalicki and Eugene K. Lawson

Russian-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia

This book presents an unprecedented dialogue with leading U.S., Russian, and Eurasian economic experts and policy-makers on the pivotal issues of economic reform, trade, and investment, and the prospects for an economic renaissance in the new states of the former Soviet Union.

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