Abstract: The Anti-Federalists lost the battle to defeat the Constitution but won back through interpretation what they lost in constitutional construction. To counter Anti-Federalists’ accurate depictions of the proposed constitution as one that would radically alter the existing regime, The Federalist adopted a rhetorical structure that facilitated an opposing political tradition layered over the constitutive logic of the Constitution. Our analysis of the developmental logic embedded in founding political thought, the rhetoric used to defend that political logic, and the subsequent appropriation of Federalist rhetoric by the losers of this debate illustrates the mutual dependence of American political development and political thought.
Paul DeHart has a new edited volume (with Carson Holloway) published by Northern Illinois University Press: Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith. DeHart also wrote one of the chapters, “Political Philosophy after the Fall of Classical, Epistemic Foundationalism.”
DeHart’s “Leviathan Leashed: The Incoherence of Absolute Sovereign Power,” recently appeared as the lead article in Critical Review (25.1, 2013: 1-37). He was also invited to write an essay on “Leviathan” for The New Catholic Encyclopedia’s Ethics and Philosophy supplement (The New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. 4 volumes. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 888-890.)
Neal Allen was recently awarded a Congressional Research Grant from the Everett Dirksen Center for the Study of Congressional Leadership, as well as a Research Grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.
Allen’s recent publications include:
“Living, Dead and Undead: Nullification Past and Present,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, Fall 2012, with James H. Read.
“Scandal and the Politics of Race: From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Barack Obama and Beyond,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.
“Paralleling History: Scandal and the Lessons of the 2012 Election,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.
Bassi, Anna and Kenneth C. Williams. 2014. “Examining Monotonicity and Saliency Using Level-k Reasoning in a Voting Game.” Games. Vol. 5, pp. 26–52.
James Lutz’s recent publications include:
Brenda J. Lutz and James M. Lutz, “Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Missing Data,” Insight on Africa, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013), pp. 169-183.
James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Terrorism by Jewish Extremists in the United States,” in George Michael (ed.), Extremism in America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), pp. 168-87.
James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Islamic Extremism in the United States,” in George Michael (ed.), Extremism in America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), pp. 147-67.
Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider and James M. Lutz, “Patriot Act,” in Heidi Nasheri (ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
David Williams has been appointed to the editorial board at Political Research Quarterly.
Williams has been granted research leave from DePaul University next year to write a monograph on Spinoza, tentatively entitled, Spinoza’s Republic of Fear, Love, and Reason. Also, he has signed a contract to co-edit, with Matthew W. Maguire (DePaul University), a new edition of Rousseau’s Social Contract and Discourse on the Origins of Inequality for Broadview Press, in the same series for which A. P. Martinich edited Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan.
Aaron Herold’s article, “‘The Chief Characteristical Mark of the True Church’: John Locke’s Theology of Toleration and His Case for Civil Religion,” is forthcoming in The Review of Politics.
Dennis Hickey recently published: “Imbalance in the Taiwan Strait,” PARAMETERS: THE US ARMY WAR COLLEGE QUARTERLY, Volume 43, Number 3, Autumn 2013, pp.43-53.
Manochehr Dorraj was a part of the faculty-staff team that won a $2.9 million Quality Enhancement Award from the TCU administration to comprehensively internationalize the university.
In other news, Dorraj was a visiting research fellow at The Center for Regional and International Studies at Georgetown University Campus in Doha, Qatar, and was an invited speaker at the University of London, St. Andrews University in Scotland, Aberdeen University in Scotland, Dundee University in Scotland, and the Emirate Center for Strategic Studies and Research in the United Arab Emirates.
Dorraj’s recent publications include:
“The Dragon Nests: China’s Energy Engagement of the Middle East” China Report, Volume 49, Number 43, (June, 2013): 43-67.
“Populism on the Wall of Poverty” (In Persian), Andishieh Poya (Dynamic Thoughts): A journal of Politics and Culture. Tehran, Iran.(Spring, 2013):.51-54.
“Iran’s Northern Exposure: Foreign Policy Challenges in Eurasia” Georgetown University’s Occasional Papers, Number 13. (Fall, 2013): 1-27.
“Iran’s Expanding Relations With China and their Strategic Dimensions” Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Occasional Papers, Number 112.(Fall, 2013): 1-52. (With Simultaneous publication of Arabic Translation).
“Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Shifting Strategic Landscape” Middle East Policy, Vol. XX. No. 4. (Winter, 2013):133-147.
“Iran-China Relations and the Changing Political Map” In Thomas Juneau and Sam Razavi editors, Iran’s Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World (London & New York: Routledge, 2013): 179-195.
Greg Michener’s article, “How Cabinet Size and Legislative Control Shape Shape the Strength of Transparency Laws,” is being published in Governance.
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).