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  • Watchdogs on the Hillby Linda L. Fowler

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    An essential responsibility of the U.S. Congress is holding the president accountable for the conduct of foreign policy. In this in-depth look at formal oversight hearings by the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, Linda Fowler evaluates how the legislature?s most visible and important watchdogs performed from the mid-twentieth... more...

  • Untrodden Groundby Harold H. Bruff

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 40.00

    When Thomas Jefferson struck a deal for the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, he knew he was adding a new national power to those specified in the Constitution, but he also believed his actions were in the nation?s best interest. His successors would follow his example, setting their own constitutional precedents. Tracing the evolution and expansion of... more...

  • After Hope and Changeby James W. Ceaser; Andrew E. Busch; John J. Pitney

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 26.99

    Updated to include the 2014 midterms and previewing the coming 2016 election cycle, After Hope and Change provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the national election by James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney Jr. more...

  • Personal Roots of Representationby Barry C. Burden

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 32.95

    Despite heightened partisanship in the U.S. Congress and constituencies split along ideological lines, congressional representatives frequently buck their parties and seldom do precisely what voters ask. In Personal Roots of Representation , Barry Burden challenges standard explanations of legislative preferences to emphasize the important role that... more...

  • Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?by Jesse Sussell; James A. Thomson

    RAND Corporation 2015; US$ 9.95

    This report addresses two questions: first, whether the spatial distribution of the American electorate has become more geographically clustered over the last 40 years with respect to party voting and socioeconomic attributes; and second, whether this clustering process has contributed to rising polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives. more...

  • Interest Group Politics in the Southern Statesby Ronald J. Hrebenar; Clive Thomas

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 44.95

    This is the first volume comprehensively to explore the dynamics of political interest groups in the twelve southern states ? the types of group, lobbyists and lobbying tactics, state regulation of lobbying activity, and the power they exert in the individual states. The authors bring a new dimension to the study of southern politics, which traditionally... more...

  • The Imperfect Primaryby Barbara Norrander

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 35.95

    The complex and ever-changing rules governing American presidential nomination contests are continuously up for criticism, but there is little to no consensus on exactly what the problems are, or on how to fix them. The evolving system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. So how are we to make sense of the myriad complexities... more...

  • Barack Obama: Präsident der polarisierten Staaten von Amerikaby Helge Fuhst

    Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2015; US$ 80.38

    Wie hat Barack Obama als US-Präsident den ?Wandel? umgesetzt, den er als Kandidat in seinem erfolgreichen Wahlkampf 2008 versprochen hatte? Als Wahlkämpfer hatte Obama mit ?Change? und ?Yes, We Can!? die etablierten Politiker besiegt, im Präsidentenamt versuchte er ohne Regierungserfahrung eine lange Liste an Reformen durch das politische System zu... more...

  • Innovations in Human Resource Managementby Hannah S. Sistare; Myra Howze Shiplett; Terry F. Buss

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 59.95

    Human resource management is experiencing profound change, new challenges, exciting accomplishments, and much uncertainity. The public service has moved away from the old days of "personnel management" concerned mostly with processing "personal action" paperwork, to a system where public employees are managed as human capital to get the work of the... more...

  • Comparative Civil Service Systems in the 21st Centuryby Frits M. Van der Meer; Jos C.N. Raadschelders; Theo A.J. Toonen

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 33.00

    This revised and expanded edition of a benchmark collection compares how civil services around the world have adapted to cope with managing public services in the 21st century. The volume provides insights into multi-level governance, juridification and issues of efficiency and responsiveness as well as exploring the impact of fiscal austerity. more...