Aaron Zack teaches political science at Baruch College and John Jay College of the City University of New York. His research interests include global conflict, American foreign policy, terrorism, diplomatic history and intellectual history. He received his PhD in 2010 in International Relations and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Ludwig Dehio (1888–1963) advanced a theory of the historical dynamic of the modern European state system (1494–1945) and its hegemonic wars. After explaining Dehio’s thoughts about why none of the European Powers were successful in their attempts to conquer the Continent, the study analyzes bids for hegemony in the historical Hellenic, Hellenistic, Roman, Renaissance Italian, modern European, and western hemispheric state systems. The purpose of these analyses is to demonstrate how Dehio’s thought illuminates the dynamics of hegemonic conflicts. Additionally, this book examines how prior hegemonic struggles illuminate some of the dilemmas of contemporary American grand strategy. It then considers how Dehio’s thoughts on hegemony enrich our understanding of contemporary challenges, such as the struggles for power in the Middle East and East Asia, the rise of China and its Western Hemispheric ambitions, and American grand strategic options. The study concludes by arguing that Dehio’s thought suggests that particular grand strategies will partially determine the global system’s movement towards destructive bids for hegemony, or a viable plural order.
Heath Brown is an assistant professor of public policy at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He has worked at the US Congressional Budget Office as a Research Fellow, at the American Bus Association as a Policy Assistant, and at the Council of Graduate Schools as Research Director.
Unlike previous books on the Tea Party, Tea Party Divided looks at the second phase of party growth to show that what was once considered a monolithic movement is truly a collection of different opinions.
Since the Tea Party exploded onto the American political scene, it has matured and changed, but the differences that now exist within the movement are largely unacknowledged. A more nuanced understanding is called for. Previous treatises have sought explanations for the rise of the movement and focused primarily on its early days. This book, in contrast, focuses on understanding the diversity within the party, challenging the notion that the Tea Party is a homogeneous political movement defined mainly by its ultra-conservatism, regionalism, and rigid political orthodoxy.
To accurately depict the Tea Party as it exists today, the book explores how the party evolved from its first phase to its second, examining important distinctions in terms of who has joined and who has served in Congress and other offices. Differences in Tea Party organizations around the country are examined and their funding sources considered. The book also explores the political positions taken by Tea Party members, looking at the voting records of party legislators to see if they've adhered to stated movement objectives. Finally, and perhaps most intriguingly, the author speculates on what this all means and suggests possible futures for the diverse Tea Party strands.
Sam B. Edwards III J.D., L.L.M. is a Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Green Mountain College in Vermont. He has studied, practiced, and taught law in the US, Kenya, Micronesia, and Japan.
The book evaluates the relationship between governments and their constituents, and how this relationship is impacted by emerging technologies. Discussing both developed and underdeveloped nations, this book provides a comparison for the ongoing shift in societies, serving as a critical reference for legal professionals, activists, government employees, academics, and students.
Dr. Robin Lauermann is Professor of Politics and Assistant Dean of General Education and Common Learning at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on political behavior and empowerment.
The book examines the nature of representation in democracy, focusing on constituent evaluations of Congress members and the implications these results have on citizens' influence on government.
This analysis elaborates on the complex relationship citizens have with their representatives, shedding light on the constituent perspective in two ways. Constituent Perceptions of Political Representation shows that symbolic responsiveness is often the most influential factor affecting constituent evaluations while also posing significant questions about the basis of our democracy: if we are dissatisfied with the caliber of our government, do we acknowledge our role as citizens in setting poor or vague standards? Why are we dismayed when representatives give us what we ask for?