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The Devil Is in the Details
The Devil Is in the Details (January 2014)
Understanding the Causes of Policy Specificity and Ambiguity
Rachel VanSickle-Ward - Author

Seeks to explain the causes of ambiguously worded state legislation.

The level of detail in a given law can have dramatic consequences for how that law is interpreted and applied. In The Devil Is in the Details, Rachel VanSickle-Ward focuses on the dynamics of social policy construction in the United States in order to better understand why the wording of legislation can range from the specific to the am...(Read More)
William Almon Wheeler
William Almon Wheeler (December 2013)
Political Star of the North Country
Herbert C. Hallas - Author

An American success story about the life of William Almon Wheeler, a poor boy from northern New York who became the nineteenth Vice President of the United States.

William Almon Wheeler’s life is an American success story about how a poor boy living near the Canadian border in Malone, New York, achieved fame and fortune. Often referred to as “the New York Lincoln,” Wheeler was a lawyer, banker, rai...(Read More)
Seeking the Beloved Community
Seeking the Beloved Community (May 2013)
A Feminist Race Reader
Joy James - Author
Beverly Guy-Sheftall - Foreword by

Selected essays on radical social change.

Written over the course of twenty years, the essays brought together here highlight and analyze tensions confronted by writers, scholars, activists, politicians, and political prisoners fighting racism and sexism. Focusing on the experiences of black women calling attention to and resisting social injustice, the astonishing scale of mass and politically driven imprisonmen...(Read More)
Back in the Game
Back in the Game (April 2013)
Political Party Campaigning in an Era of Reform
Brian J. Brox - Author

Chronicles changes in American political party behavior between 1996 and 2008.

The years from 1996 to 2008 mark an important watershed in American politics. During this period changes in the political, demographic, regulatory, and technological landscape created an opportunity for political parties to increase their relevance in the electoral system. In Back in the Game, Brian J. Brox argues that while po...(Read More)
Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition
Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition (April 2013)
Historical Origins, Institutional Racism, and Modern Consequences
Katherine Irene Pettus - Author

Reveals how state felony disenfranchisement laws are undermining American democracy.

State felony disenfranchisement laws that date back to Reconstruction fracture the American electorate into “those who are citizens in the fullest sense of the term,” in Aristotle’s words, and those who, deprived of political voice, still have the status of slaves. The existence of this “invisible constitue...(Read More)
The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer
The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer (September 2012)
A Story of American Politics
Matthew L. Lifflander - Author

2012 Isabelle Hermalyn Award of New York Urban History presented by the Bronx County Historical Society

Brings to life the dramatic and colorful career of William Sulzer (1863–1941), former governor of New York State.

In The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer, Matthew L. Lifflander brings to life the dramatic story of a forgotten incident in New York State politic...(Read More)
Term Limits and Their Consequences
Term Limits and Their Consequences (September 2012)
The Aftermath of Legislative Reform
Stanley M. Caress - Author
Todd T. Kunioka - Author

Comprehensive examination of legislative term limits and how they have changed the American political system.

Legislative term limits remain a controversial feature of the American political landscape. Term Limits and Their Consequences provides a clear, comprehensive, and nonpartisan look at all aspects of this contentious subject. Stanley M. Caress and Todd T. Kunioka trace the emergence of the grassroot...(Read More)
The Obama Effect
The Obama Effect (September 2010)
Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign
Heather E. Harris - Editor
Kimberly R. Moffitt - Editor
Catherine R. Squires - Editor

Timely, multidisciplinary analysis of Obama’s presidential campaign, its context, and its impact.

November 4, 2008 ushered in a historic moment: Illinois Senator Barack Obama was elected the forty-fourth President of the United States of America. In The Obama Effect, editors Heather E. Harris, Kimberly R. Moffitt, and Catherine R. Squires bring together works that place Barack Obama’s candidacy and victory in the co...(Read More)
Tales from the Sausage Factory
Tales from the Sausage Factory (September 2010)
Making Laws in New York State
Daniel L. Feldman - Author
Gerald Benjamin - Author

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York’s legislature was once the nation’s model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present level of dysfunction.

“Laws are like sausages,” Otto von Bismarck is said to have remarked. “It is better not to see them being made.” Even among sausage factories, New York State’...(Read More)
Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia
Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia (January 2010)
Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty, and Multinational Democracy
Asafa Jalata - Author

Applies the concept of oppressor and oppressed nationalisms to explore the historical forces and social processes that have shaped modern Ethiopia.

This book demonstrates how oppressor Ethiopian nationalism rationalizes and justifies the hierarchical organization of various peoples or ethnonations and how oppressed Oromo nationalism provides an ideology or a vision and a program for seeking self-determination an...(Read More)
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