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America the Fair

by Dan Meegan Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

What makes a person liberal or conservative? Why does the Democratic Party scare off so many possible supporters? When does our "injustice trigger" get pulled, and how can fairness overcome our human need to...


Gender, War, and World Order

by Richard C. Eichenberg Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Motivated by the lack of scholarly understanding of the substantial gender difference in attitudes toward the use of military force, Richard C. Eichenberg has mined a massive data set of public opinion surveys...


Enduring Alliance

by Timothy Andrews Sayle Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Born from necessity, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has always seemed on the verge of collapse. Even now, some sixty years after its inception, some consider its foundation uncertain and its structure...


To Shape Our World For Good

by C. William Walldorf, Jr. Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Why does the United States pursue robust military invasions to change some foreign regimes but not others? Conventional accounts focus on geopolitics or elite ideology. C. William Walldorf, Jr., argues that...


The Credibility Challenge

by Inken von Borzyskowski Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

The key to the impact of international election support is credibility; credible elections are less likely to turn violent. So argues Inken von Borzyskowski in The Credibility Challenge, in which she provides...


When Violence Works

by PATRICK BARRON Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Why are some places successful in moving from war to consolidated peace while others continue to be troubled by violence? And why does postconflict violence take different forms and have different intensities?...


Democracy for Sale

by Edward Aspinall & Ward Berenschot Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations. Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot assess the informal networks and...


Arc of Containment

by Wen-Qing Ngoei Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Arc of Containment recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from World War II through the end of American intervention in Vietnam. Setting aside the classic story of anxiety about falling...


Small Arms

by Mia Bloom & John Horgan Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Why do terrorist organizations use children to support their cause and carry out their activities? Small Arms uncovers the brutal truth behind the mobilization of children by terrorist groups.

Mia Bloom and...


Empire of Friends

by Rachel Applebaum Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

The familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe focuses on political repression and military force. But in Empire of Friends, Rachel Applebaum shows how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted...


Statebuilding by Imposition

by Reo Matsuzaki Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

How do modern states emerge from the turmoil of undergoverned spaces? This is the question Reo Matsuzaki ponders in Statebuilding by Imposition. Comparing Taiwan and the Philippines under the colonial rule of...


Political Survivors

by Emma Kuby Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

In 1949, as Cold War tensions in Europe mounted, French intellectual and former Buchenwald inmate David Rousset called upon fellow concentration camp survivors to denounce the Soviet Gulag as a "hallucinatory...


Advancing Equity Planning Now

by Norman Krumholz & Kathryn Wertheim Hexter Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

What can planners do to restore equity to their craft? Drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse group of planning experts, Advancing Equity Planning Now places the concepts of fairness and equal access squarely...


The Costs of Conversation

by Oriana Skylar Mastro Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

After a war breaks out, what factors influence the warring parties' decisions about whether to talk to their enemy, and when may their position on wartime diplomacy change? How do we get from only fighting to...


Unrivaled

by Michael Beckley Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

The United States has been the world's dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts believe that other countries are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the unipolar moment over? Is America...


Creative Union

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians...


The Refugee-Diplomat

by Diego Pirillo Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

The establishment of permanent embassies in fifteenth-century Italy has traditionally been regarded as the moment of transition between medieval and modern diplomacy. In The Refugee-Diplomat, Diego Pirillo offers...


The Venture Capital State

by Robyn Klingler-Vidra Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Silicon Valley has become shorthand for a globally acclaimed way to unleash the creative potential of venture capital, supporting innovation and creating jobs. In The Venture Capital State Robyn Klingler-Vidra...


Covert Regime Change

by Lindsey A. O'Rourke Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

States seldom resort to war to overthrow their adversaries. They are more likely to attempt to covertly change the opposing regime, by assassinating a foreign leader, sponsoring a coup d’état, meddling in...


Perilous Futures

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Since his death, the writings of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) have been debated, cited, and adopted by political and legal thinkers on both the left and right with increasing frequency, though not without controversy...


Winning Hearts and Votes

by Steven Brooke Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In non-democratic regimes around the world, non-state organizations provide millions of citizens with medical care, schooling, childrearing, and other critical social services. Why would any authoritarian countenance...


The Migrant Passage

by Noelle Kateri Brigden Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

At the crossroads between international relations and anthropology, The Migrant Passage analyzes how people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala navigate the dangerous and uncertain clandestine journey...


Remaking the Chinese Empire

by Yuanchong Wang Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Remaking the Chinese Empire examines China’s development from an empire into a modern state through the lens of Sino-Korean political relations during the Qing period. Incorporating Korea into the historical...


When Right Makes Might

by Stacie E. Goddard Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Why do great powers accommodate the rise of some challengers but contain and confront others, even at the risk of war? When Right Makes Might proposes that the ways in which a rising power legitimizes its expansionist...


Dark Pasts

by Jennifer M. Dixon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Over the past two decades, many states have heard demands that they recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. Such calls have not elicited uniform or predictable responses. While some states have apologized...


Atomic Assurance

by Alexander Lanoszka Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage...


Empire of Hope

by David Leheny Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role...


Taming Japan's Deflation

by Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza & Yoshiko Kojo Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Bolder economic policy could have addressed bouts of deflation in post-Bubble Japanese history, write Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko Kojo in Taming Japan’s Deflation. Despite warnings...


The Commander's Dilemma

by Amelia Hoover Green Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders...


The Rise and Decline of the American Century

by William O. Walker Iii Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even...


National Secession

by Philip G. Roeder Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

How do some national-secessionist campaigns get on the global agenda whereas others do not? Which projects for new nation-states, Philip Roeder asks, give rise to mayhem in the politics of existing states? National...


Rising Titans, Falling Giants

by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

As a rising great power flexes its muscles on the political-military scene it must examine how to manage its relationships with states suffering from decline; and it has to do so in a careful and strategic manner....


To Build as Well as Destroy

by Andrew J. Gawthorpe Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

For years, the "better war" school of thought has argued that the United States built a legitimate and viable non-Communist state in South Vietnam in the latter years of the Vietnam War, and that it was only...


The Experts' War on Poverty

by Romain D. Huret & John Angell Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In the critically acclaimed La Fin de la Pauverté, Romain D. Huret identifies a network of experts who were dedicated to the post-World War II battle against poverty in the United States. John Angell’s translation...


Understanding Others

by Dominick LaCapra Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

To what extent do we and can we understand others—other peoples, species, times, and places? What is the role of others within ourselves, epitomized in the notion of unconscious forces? Can we come to terms...


The Smile of the Human Bomb

by Gideon Aran & Jeffrey Green Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world.

In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The...


Politics under the Influence

by Anna L. Bailey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

"You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster." So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the...


Good Governance Gone Bad

by Darius Ornston Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

If we believe that the small, open economies of Nordic Europe are paragons of good governance, why are they so prone to economic crisis? In Good Governance Gone Bad, Darius Ornston provides evidence that adapting...


Moral Aspects of Economic Growth, and Other Essays

by Barrington Moore, Jr. Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Barrington Moore, Jr., one of the most distinguished thinkers in critical theory and historical sociology, was long concerned with the prospects for freedom and decency in industrial society. The product of...


The Anxiety of Freedom

by Uday Singh Mehta Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The enduring appeal of liberalism lies in its commitment to the idea that human beings have a "natural" potential to live as free and equal individuals. The realization of this potential, however, is not a matter...


Reasons of State

by G. John Ikenberry Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In this lucid and theoretically sophisticated book, G. John Ikenberry focuses on the oil price shocks of 1973–74 and 1979, which placed extraordinary new burdens on governments worldwide and particularly on...


Toward a Liberalism

by Richard Flathman Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In Toward a Liberalism, Richard Flathman shows why and how political theory can contribute to the quality of moral and political practice without violating, as empiricist- and idealist-based theories tend to...


Allegories of America

by Frederick M. Dolan Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Allegories of America offers a bold idea of what, in terms of political theory, it means to be American. Beginning with the question What do we want from a theory of politics? Dolan explores the metaphysics...


Power, Protection, and Free Trade

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Why do nations so frequently abandon unrestricted international commerce in favor of trade protectionism? David A. Lake contends that the dominant explanation, interest group theory, does not adequately explain...


Without Foundations

by Donald J. Herzog Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Can political theorists justify their ideas? Do sound political theories need foundations? What constitutes a well-justified argument in political discourse? Don Herzog attempts to answer these questions by...


Nuclear Summer

by Louise Krasniewicz Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

When thousands of women gathered in 1983 to protest the stockpiling of nuclear weapons at a rural upstate New York military depot, the area was shaken by their actions. What so disturbed residents that they...


Democracy's Children

by John McGowan Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

How do American intellectuals try to achieve their political and social goals? By what means do they articulate their hopes for change? John McGowan seeks to identify the goals and strategies of contemporary...


This Could Be the Start of Something Big

by Manuel Pastor, Chris Benner & Martha Matsuoka Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

For nearly two decades, progressives have been dismayed by the steady rise of the right in U.S. politics. Often lost in the gloom and doom about American politics is a striking and sometimes underanalyzed phenomenon:...


Privatizing China

by Li Zhang & Aihwa Ong Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Everyday life in China is increasingly shaped by a novel mix of neoliberal and socialist elements, of individual choices and state objectives. This combination of self-determination and socialism from afar has...


The Nation in the Village

by Keely Stauter-Halsted Cornell University Press (September 25, 2015)

How do peasants come to think of themselves as members of a nation? The widely accepted argument is that national sentiment originates among intellectuals or urban middle classes, then "trickles down" to the...