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  • 13 May 2024
    Mehran Kamrava

    How Islam Rules in Iran

    How Islam Rules in Iran questions prevailing assumptions about the Iranian theocracy by demonstrating that the Islamic Republic has deep and continuously evolving ideological and jurisprudential roots. In today’s Iran, the book argues, state-religion relations exhibit three key features. An obvious feature is the deep basis of the state in innovative interpretations of Shia jurisprudence. […]

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  • 6 May 2024
    Joseph P. Tomain, Sidney A. Shapiro

    The Necessary Mix

    Market favoritism has been aggressively supported for more than 50 years by the Right and adopted by many on the Left. The emphasis has been on the priority of markets over government for solution to policy problems and for enhancing political liberties. Our book, How Government Built America, flips the script by arguing the strength […]

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  • 29 Apr 2024
    Kim L. Fridkin, Patrick J. Kenney

    Choices in a Chaotic Campaign:  Looking Forward to the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

    We write this blog knowing the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  We are not fully aware, though, how changes in the political landscape from 2020 to 2024 will alter how citizens make decisions at the ballot box.  In our book, Choices in a […]

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  • 25 Apr 2024
    Miles M. Evers, Eric Grynaviski

    America’s First Pacific Empire

    Beginning in the 1850s, the United States took its first, incautious steps toward developing an overseas empire in the Pacific. In the end, the empire would help defeat Japan during World War II. The bloodiest and most infamous battles of the Pacific War were fought on possessions gained by American imperialists. The first American shots […]

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  • 25 Apr 2024
    Jack Paine, Alexander Lee

    Colonial Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship

    A century ago, every democratic regime was in Western Europe or in a country settled by Western Europeans. The picture is now more varied. Non-Western countries such as India and Jamaica have been democracies for more than half a century, despite lacking many factors often cited as prerequisites for democracy. But stable democratic experiences are […]

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  • 22 Apr 2024
    Sharon Yadin

    Can Regulatory Shaming Save the Planet?

    Imagine if the government ranked banks according to their investments in the oil and gas industries or rated and labelled food and clothing companies based on their poor carbon footprint. Would you react to this type of “naming and shaming” by avoiding companies that contribute to global warming? Surveys suggest yes. This is the concept […]

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  • 4 Apr 2024
    Michael A. Bailey

    Is Polling Dead?

    Polls are already big news – and they’ll only get bigger as we doom scroll our way through another appalling election cycle.  Is Trump really up in Michigan? Is Biden really hemorrhaging support among young people? For all the attention we pay to polls, it is crazy how little we actually know about how they […]

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  • 22 Mar 2024
    Juan A. Bogliaccini

    Empowering Labor: Leftist approaches to wage policy in unequal democracies

    “Empowering Labor” delves into the utilization of wage policy as a pre-distributive instrument by leftist governments in South America and Southern Europe. This comparative study focuses on three small open economies: Chile, Portugal, and Uruguay. The book sheds light on the underlying political dynamics of strategies pursued by leftist parties in power and the evolving […]

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