Cyril Ghosh is an Assistant Professor at Wagner College where he teaches courses in American government, political theory, and immigration. His research specializations include identity politics/multiculturalism, gender & sexuality, and citizenship & immigration.
This book critically interrogates three sets of distortions that emanate from the messianic core of 21st century public discourse on LGBT+ rights in the United States. The first relates to the critique of pinkwashing, often advanced by scholars who claim to be committed to an emancipatory politics. The second concerns a recent US Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), a judgment that established marriage equality across the 50 states. The third distortion occurs in Kenji Yoshino’s theorization of the concept of gay covering. Each distortion produces its own injunction to assimilate, sometimes into the dominant mainstream and, at other times, into the fold of what is axiomatically taken to be the category of the radical. Using a queer theoretic analysis, De-Moralizing Gay Rights argues for the dismantling of each of these three sets of assimilationist injunctions.
Lisa K. Parshall is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Daemen College in Amherst, New York, specializing in American Politics, Public Law, and Public Policy. She has served as an officer for the New York State and Northeastern Political Science Associations, as an Advisor for Vote Smart, and is a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.
Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution critiques the contemporary nominating process from the perspective of voters and their right to effectively participate in their parties’ selection of a presidential nominee. Employing both a common-sense and legal, rights-based framework to invite a constitutionally grounded conversation on the legitimacy of the current presidential nominating process, Lisa K. Parshall argues that timing of participation in the nomination goes hand-in-hand with the right to choose a candidate and the fairest way to restore the promise of meaningful and timely participation for all voters is by adopting a same-day national primary.
Viewed from the party membership perspective, this work illuminates the fundamental interests at stake that should be considered in any potential reform of the presidential nominating system.
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?
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