Katherine Bersch has two new publications. The first, with Sandra Botero, “Measuring Governance: Implications of Conceptual Choices,” appears in the European Journal of Development Research (26(1): 124–41). The second is with alumnus Greg Michener: “Identifying Transparency,” was published in Information Polity [18(3): 233–4].
Aaron Herold’s article, “Spinoza’s Liberal Republicanism and the Challenge of Revealed Religion,” has been accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly.
Abstract: Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise is a foundational liberal work whose republican teaching also anticipates today’s communitarian critiques. Those critiques re-open the Treatise’s guiding question of whether politics must be grounded in a religious teaching, and they compel us to reconsider Spinoza’s claim that civic dedication can be rooted in an attachment to intellectual freedom. I assess Spinoza’s liberal republicanism by examining how it emerges from a critique of the Bible. I conclude that Spinoza’s attempt to reconcile individual liberty with civic dedication clarifies liberalism’s moral power and ultimate vulnerabilities—vulnerabilities which help explain why revealed religion has re-emerged to challenge it.
Wendy Hunter and Natasha Borges Sugiyama have published an article in the October issue of Comparative Politics, “Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program.”
Abstract: A clear development goal is to provide the poor with the benefits essential to human dignity without rendering them vulnerable to patronage politics. This is difficult to accomplish, especially in large federal countries where public policy requires cooperation between national and local authorities. Brazil’s Bolsa Família (Family Grant) confronts such a challenge. Have federal authorities managed to administer this complex and large-scale anti-poverty program while avoiding local “politics as usual?” The findings, based on survey data and focus group evidence from Northeast Brazil, a regional bastion of clientelism, suggest that municipal politicians do not use the Bolsa Familia for vote buying. The success of the Bolsa Familia in remaining insulated from clientelistic networks yields lessons that go well beyond Brazil.
David Williams’ essay, “Plato’s Noble Lie: from Kallipolis to Magnesia,” has been published in the most recent History of Political Thought.
Williams’ book, Rousseau’s ‘Social Contract’: An Introduction, will be released by Cambridge University Press on October 22. His co-edited book with James Farr, The General Will: the Evolution of a Concept, has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press, with publication expected in 2014.
Williams co-chaired the program committee for last year’s meeting of the Association for Political Theory and will be presenting a paper, “Spinoza’s Republic of Love,” at the association’s annual meeting.
Natasha Borges Sugiyama has been promoted with tenure to associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sugiyama’s book, Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil, was released in December 2012.
And her article, with Wendy Hunter, “Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program,” is forthcoming in Comparative Politics.
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca has been promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure at Elizabethtown College.
Dursun-Ozkanca spent time this summer in London as a Visiting Fellow at the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe at London School of Economics, conducting research on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. She also visited Sarajevo and Belgrade to conduct interviews on the same topic.
Dursun-Ozkanca, O., ed. Forthcoming in October 2013. The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation. Routledge.
Wolff, S. and Dursun-Ozkanca, O., eds. 2013. External Interventions in Civil Wars: Assessing the Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations. Routledge.
Dursun-Ozkanca, O. Forthcoming. “French Public Opinion on the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union and the Public-Elite Relations”, French Politics.
Xiaowei Zang and Chien-wen Kou eds., Elites and Governance in China (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Chien-wen Kou and Xiaowei Zang eds., Choosing China’s Leaders (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Lawrence Mayer’s latest book just appeared: The Changing Basis of Political Conflict in Advanced Western Democracies: The Politics of Identity in The United States, The Netherlands, and Belgium (with Alan Arwine of the University of Kansas. Palgrave Macmillan.)
Mayer’s article was recently accepted for publication in Southwest Social Science Quarterly: “Tolerance in Nations Under Siege in the EU” (also with Alan Arwine).
Eliza J. Willis and Janet A. Seiz, 2012. “The CAFTA Conflict and Costa Rica’s Democracy: Assessing the 2007 Referendum.” Latin American Politics and Society 54, no. 3 (Fall): 123-156.
Randy Uang’s article, “Campaigning on Public Security in Latin America: Obstacles to Success,” was published in Latin American Politics and Society 55(2): 26-51.
James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “The Role of Foreign Influences in Early Terrorism: Examples and Implications for Understanding Modern Terrorism,” Perspectives on Terrorism Vol. 7, No. 2 (2013), pp. 5-22.
James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Urban Terrorism,” in Jeffrey Ian Ross (ed.) Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America (Los Angeles: Sage, 2013), pp. 416-19.
Brenda J. Lutz and James M. Lutz, “Indonesian Terror against East Timor Separatists and the International Response,” in Gillian Duncan, Orla Lynch, G. Ramsay, and A. Watson (eds.), State Terror and Human Rights: International Responses since the End of the Cold War (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 102-13.
James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, Global Terrorism, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2013)
McLendon, Michael Locke.“Rousseau and the Minimal Self: A Solution to the Problem of Amour-Propre,” European Journal of Political Theory, forthcoming. [Available online since 7.04.2013 at http://ept.sagepub.com/content/early/recent.]
McLendon, Michael Locke. “The Politics of Sour Grapes: Sartre, Elster, and Tocqueville on Frustration, Failure, and Self-Deception,” Review of Politics, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Spring 2013): 247-70.
Buehler, Matthew. Forthcoming. ”The Threat to ‘Un-Moderate’: Moroccan Islamists and the Arab Spring.” Journal of Middle East Law and Governance.
Goodnow, Regina and Robert G. Moser. Forthcoming. “Layers of Ethnicity: The Effects of Ethnic Federalism, Majority-Minority Districts, and Minority Concentration on the Electoral Success of Ethnic Minorities in Russia.” Comparative Political Studies.
McCormick, William. Forthcoming. “Jacques Maritain on Political Theology.” European Journal of Political Theory.
Myers, Adam S. Forthcoming. “Secular Geographical Polarization in the American South: The Case of Texas, 1996-2010.” Electoral Studies.
Brian Brox’s book, Back in the Game: Political Party Campaigning in an Era of Reform, has been published by SUNY Press.
Steven Taylor recently published “Colombian Voters and Ballot Structure: Error, Confusion, and/or ‘None of the Above.’” The Latin Americanist (December 2012): 111-130.
Matthew Johnson has published a review of Aaron Schneider’s book, State-Building and Tax Regimes in Central America, in the current issue of Comparative Political Studies.
Sunila Kale has been awarded the 2013 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences by The American Institute of Indian Studies for her book manuscript, Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development, which is under contract with Stanford University Press.
Ayesha Ray’s book, The Soldier and the State in India: Nuclear Weapons, Counterinsurgency, and the Transformation of Indian Civil-Military Relations, was published by SAGE, New Delhi, in January 2013.
Laura Seay will be Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College beginning this fall.
Seay recently published: “Effective responses: Protestants, Catholics and the provision of healthcare in the post-war Kivus,” Review of African Political Economy 40:135 (March 2013), 83-97.
Abstract: In extremely weak states, why are some civil society organisations better at providing health care than others? The case of health-care provision in the Kivu provinces of the eastern DRC provides a useful context in which to examine this question. Faced with the negative effects of more than 15 years of conflict, civil society organisations are the only institutions capable of providing social services. This article uses a series of case studies of local, faith-based health-care providers to argue that a number of historical, demographic and institutional factors cause some groups to develop stronger social capital networks than others. This in turn affects the degree of effectiveness that an organisation will have in providing social services in the state’s absence. In doing so, they effectively substitute for the state in its role as a provider and regulator of public goods.
Michael McLendon, “The Politics of Sour Grapes: Sartre, Elster, and Tocqueville on Frustration, Failure, and Self-Deception,” Review of Politics, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Spring 2013): 247-70.
Abstract: Jean-Paul Sartre and Jon Elster have taken great interest in the famous “children’s” fable, “The Fox and the Grapes.” Elster believes the fable pinpoints problems in utilitarian doctrine while Sartre contends it demonstrates how consciousness copes with frustrated desire. As impressive as these insights are, neither philosopher can fully explain the cognitive and cultural processes involved in sour grapes. To improve upon their theories, I will argue that amour-propre is an important psychological motive inspiring sour grapes as well as show that sour grapes is built into the value commitments and institutional structures of democratic life through Tocqueville’s analysis of American democracy.
Justin Buckley Dyer and Kevin E. Stuart. 2013. “Rawlsian Public Reason and the Theological Framework of Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’” Politics and Religion 6(1): 145-163.
David Williams’ book, Rousseau’s ‘Social Contract’: An Introduction, will be released by Cambridge University Press in September.
Williams’ co-edited volume with James Farr (Northwestern University), The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept, has just been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press. Anticipated publication in late 2014.
Williams’ essay, “Plato’s Noble Lie: from Kallipolis to Magnesia,” is forthcoming this summer in History of Political Thought.
C. Fred Alford’s new book, “Trauma and Forgiveness: Consequences and Communities,” will be published this year by Cambridge University Press.
Clark Mayer’s book, Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies: Identity Politics in the United States, The Netherlands, and Belgium (co-authored with Alan Arwine of the University of Kansas) is in production at Palgrave Macmillan and is due out in May.
Justin Dyer’s new book is set for release by Cambridge University Press:
Lyle C. Brown (Ph.D. 1964), professor emeritus, Baylor University, is coauthor of the 15th edition of Practicing Texas Politics (Wadsworth, 2013).
Frank Thames, Ph.D. 2000 and associate professor, Texas Tech University, has published a new book, Contagious Representation: Women’s Political Representation in Democracies around the World (with Margaret S. Williams).
Laura Field’s article, “The Philosopher Doth Protest Too Much: Rousseauian Enlightenment and the Rhetoric of Despair,” has been accepted for publication in The Review of Politics.
Abstract: The most striking feature of Rousseau’s self-presentation in the Confessions is his pathos-filled anticipation of future adversity. Never quite arriving at the depths of despair he foresees, however, Rousseau instead offers the reader glimpses of a surprisingly robust happiness. In this article I present a new political reading of the Confessions that is attentive both to the rhetorical surface of the work, and to its charming sub-plot. Guided by Rousseau’s humorous understanding of truth-telling, I argue that the Confessions is shaped by a complex literary ruse that colors much of what Rousseau has to say about frankness, happiness, and his own idiosyncrasy. Far from being undone by his shadow-dappled imaginings, Rousseau’s conscious dissimulations reflect his concerns about the public value of enlightenment and his commitment to authorial responsibility.
Williams, David Lay. 2012. “The Platonic Soul of the Reveries: The Role of Solitude in Rousseau’s Democratic Politics.” History of Political Thought 33(1): 87-123.
Dargent, Eduardo and Paula Muñoz. 2011. “Democracy Against Parties? Party System Deinstitutionalization in Colombia.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 3(2): 43-71.
Dargent, Eduardo. 2011. “Agents or Actors? Assessing the Autonomy of Economic Technocrats in Colombia and Peru.” Comparative Politics 43(3).
Dargent, Eduardo. 2009. “Determinants of Judicial Independence: Lessons from Three ‘Cases’ of Constitutional Courts in Peru (1982–2007).” Journal of Latin American Studies 41(2): 251-278.
Field, Laura. Forthcoming. “Xenophon’s Cyropaedia: Educating our Political Hopes.” The Journal of Politics.
Holmsten, Stephanie S., Mary C. Slosar, and Robert G. Moser. 2010. “Do Ethnic Parties Exclude Women?” Comparative Political Studies 43(10): 1179-1201.
Vandenbroek, L. Matthew. 2011. “Lost Our Lease: Issue Attention and Partisan Defection in the 2008 Presidential Election. American Politics Research. 39(6):1045-1071.
Wright, Matthew D. 2009. “The Aim of Law and the Nature of Political Community: An Assessment of Finnis on Aquinas.” American Journal of Jurisprudence 54.
Laura Seay’s article, “Effective Responses: Protestants, Catholics, and the Provision of Health Care in the Post-war Kivus” is forthcoming in the Review of African Political Economy.
Abstract: In extremely weak states, why are some civil society organizations better at providing health care than others? How should scholars measure what constitutes “effective” social service provision? What are the long-term implications for state reconstruction when non-state actors provide the bulk of public goods available in a region? The role of faith communities and other civil society groups in providing health care in the Kivu provinces of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo provides a useful context in which to examine these questions. Faced with the negative effects of more than fifteen years of local, civil, and international conflicts, civil society organizations in are the only institutions capable of providing social services. In doing so, they effectively substitute for the state in its role as a provider and regulator of public goods.
This article seeks to explain why some civil society organizations are better at providing social services than others. It uses a series of detailed case studies to argue that a number of historical, demographic, and institutional factors cause some groups to develop stronger social capital networks than others, which in turn affects the degree of effectiveness an organization will have in providing social services in the state’s absence and introduces a metric by which the effectiveness of social service provision by non-state actors can be measured. Taking into account the fact that standard measures of effective service provision such as maternal mortality or disease prevalence rates may not be useful measures in a situation of extreme violence and poverty, the article instead tests a measurement system that focuses on fifteen functional indicators. Finally, it considers the potential negative effects of non-state actors substituting for the state for the long-term project of state reconstruction.
Ayesha Ray has signed a book contract with SAGE India. Her book, The Soldier and the State in India: Nuclear Weapons, Counterinsurgency and the Transformation of Indian Civil-Military Relations, is scheduled for release in December 2012.
Paul DeHart published “Covenantal Realism: The Self-Referential Incoherency of Conventional Social Contract Theory” in the July issue of Perspectives on Political Science.
Abstract: In this article I contend that conventional social contract theory is self-referentially incoherent. Conventional contractarianism therefore fails to provide an adequate foundation for the authority of the state and for the obligation of citizens to obey. The insistence on consent for legitimate political authority has usually been rendered in contractarian terms. Thus, the fall of conventional social contract theory seemingly entails that we should reject the principle of consent as well. Yet, the necessity of consent for the authority of the state and, concomitantly, for the obligation of citizens to obey seems to be an entailment of human equality. Thus, insofar as human persons are equal, the legitimacy of the state seems to require a foundation logically precluded to it. We are therefore confronted with a theoretical crisis. Even so, I will argue that we need not reject the principle of consent. The self-referential incoherency of conventional contractarianism results from its conventionalism. We can begin the work of salvaging the principle of consent from the demise of conventional social contract theory by erecting it upon the foundation of moral and ontological realism.
Jungkun Seo’s article (with Sean Theriault), Moderate Caucuses in a Polarized US Congress,” was published in Journal of Legislative Studies 18(2): 203-221.
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca served as a Guest Editor of the Special Issue, “The European Union and Security Sector Reform Practices: Challenges of Implementation”, for European Security, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2012.
Dursun-Ozkanca’s recent publications are:
Dursun-Ozkanca, Oya. “Secularism in Turkey,” Religion and Public Life, Volume 38, June 2012.
Dursun-Ozkanca, Oya and Vandemoortele, Antoine. “The European Union and Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation”, European Security, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2012.
Dursun-Ozkanca, Oya and Katy Crossley-Frolick. “Security Sector Reform and Transitional Justice in Kosovo: Comparing the Kosovo Security Force and Police Reform Processes”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Volume 6, Number 2, June 2012.
Crossley-Frolick, Katy and Dursun-Ozkanca, Oya. “Security Sector Reform in Kosovo: The Complex Division of Labor between the EU and Other Multilateral Institutions in Building Kosovo’s Police Force”, European Security, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2012.
Jonathan Chausovsky’s article “From Bureau to Trade Commission: Agency Reputation in the Statebuilding Enterprise,” has been accepted for publication at the Journal of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era (JGAPE). It is expected out next summer.
Abstract: Existing scholarship has explored the influences of societal interests and electoral imperatives on the creation of the Federal Trade Commission. By contrast, I suggest that the reputation and network influences of an existing Federal agency, the Bureau of Corporations, also impacted its creation. Building on the concept of Bureaucratic Autonomy, I examine the structure of the Bureau, its network, and its preferences. Leaders favored a clear separation from the Department of Justice, and argued a quasi-judicial process for antitrust would be more effective than the courts. They advocated discretion in covering small firms, mandatory annual reports, and the absence of authority to clear business agreements in advance. Well before the 1914 debates, leaders at the Bureau directed substantial funds towards influencing trust legislation. They contacted academics and civic leaders, tracked existing legislative proposals, and analyzed key legal terms. Internal studies examined key questions, such as how to define and regulate unfair trade practices. They argued Congress could never define these in legislation, but a bureaucracy with appropriate authority could adapt to changing business practices. When the Bureau became the nucleus of the FTC, it received much of the discretionary power it sought.
Forthcoming. “Political Geography in American Politics.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
Forthcoming. “Analyzing Redistricting Outcomes,” with Mark J. McKenzie, in Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas, ed. Gary A. Keith. Austin: University of Texas Press.
2012. “The Past, Present, and Future of Southern Politics.” Southern Cultures (Second Special Issue on Politics) 18(3): 95-117.
2012. “Achieving Validation: Barack Obama and Black Turnout in 2008,” with M. V. Hood III and David Hill, in State Politics & Policy Quarterly 12(1): 3-22.
2012. “The Intersection of Redistricting, Race, and Participation,” with Danny Hayes, in the American Journal of Political Science 56(1): 115-130.
2012. “Demanding Deliverance in Dixie: Race, the Civil Rights Movement, and Southern Politics,” in Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics, eds. Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell. New York: Oxford University Press.
Lawrence Mayer (with Alan Arwine of University of Kansas) is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan to produce a book entitled Political Change in Advanced Western Democracies, due to be finished by November 1. Mayer and Arwine also have a convention paper, “Tolerance in Nations Under Siege,” under review at Southwest Social Science Quarterly.