This volume is the first to take a broad-ranging look at the engagement of Asian Americans with American politics. Its contributors come from a variety of disciplines—history, political science, sociology, and urban studies—and from the practical political realm.
Class and its linkage to politics became a controversial and exciting topic again in the 1990s. Terry Clark and Seymour Martin Lipset published “Are Social Classes Dying?” in 1991, which sparked a lively debate and much new research. This book draws on four main conferences organized by the editors.
Why would countries impose economic sanctions in pursuit of their foreign policy objectives, and how effective are such economic weapons? This book examines the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies against the People’s Republic of China in the 1950s, and their effects on Chinese domestic policy and the Sino-Soviet alliance.
Until recently, Middle East studies have focused almost exclusively on Islam and on the regime, especially on its non-democratic aspects. This volume examines how Middle Eastern peoples in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries lived and flourished while trying to shape their political and religious surroundings outside the formal structures of established religion and the state.
U.S.-Pakistan relations have been extraordinarily volatile, largely a function of the twists and turns of the Cold War. Dennis Kux has written the first comprehensive account of this roller coaster relationship from the 1940s to the end of the century.
Russia’s sub-national democratization will largely shape Russians’ views of their new government, willingness to participate in it, and trust in its ability to deliver. Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl’ examines democracy in a central region of Russia, a largely industrialized heartland off the beaten path from Moscow and Leningrad.
In Congress and the People, Donald R. Wolfensberger asks whether some form of direct democracy will supplant representative, deliberate government in the United States.
Hungary’s revolutionary crowd of 1848 was defeated in 1849, but crowd politics remained central to Hungary over the next half-century. Nationalism and the Crowd in Liberal Hungary, 1848–1914 describes how the crowd’s shifting cast of characters participated in the making of Hungary inside the increasingly troubled Austro-Hungarian empire.
The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 was the most far reaching reform of the federal government personnel system since the merit system was created in 1883. The Future of Merit reviews the aims and rates the accomplishments of the 1978 law and assesses the status of the civil service.
Robert Litwak traces the origins and development of rogue state policy and then assesses its efficacy through detailed case studies of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. In place of a generic and constricting strategy, he argues for the development of “differentiated” strategies of containment, tailored to the particular circumstances within individual states.