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by Robin E. Jensen Penn State University Press (October 10, 2016)

This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe.

Throughout the last century, the inability of women...

Why Budgets Matter

by Dennis S. Ippolito Penn State University Press (October 22, 2015)

When the first edition of Why Budgets Matter was published in 2003, the federal budget had fallen back into deficit. At the time, fairly modest changes in taxes and spending would have ensured that deficits...

Democracy Within Reason

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (January 13, 1997)

During the 1980s the Mexican regime faced a series of economic, social, and political disasters that led many to question its survival. Yet by 1992 the economy was again growing, with inflation under control...

Democracy at the Point of Bayonets

by Mark Peceny Penn State University Press (September 22, 1999)

No country has worked harder to coerce others to adopt liberal institutions than the United States. This book examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions in the twentieth century,...

The Rhetorics of US Immigration

by E. Johanna Hartelius Penn State University Press (September 11, 2015)

In the current geopolitical climate—in which unaccompanied children cross the border in record numbers, and debates on the topic swing violently from pole to pole—the subject of immigration demands innovative...

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630–1789

by Joshua Miller Penn State University Press (April 08, 1991)

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America describes and explores the emergence of a directly democratic political culture in America, the Federalists' theoretical campaign against that culture, and the...

Antebellum American Culture

by David Brion Davis Penn State University Press (December 01, 1996)

First published in 1979, this volume offers students and teachers a unique view of American history prior to the Civil War. Distinguished historian David Brion Davis has chosen a diverse array of primary sources...

Democratic Philosophy and the Politics of Knowledge

by Richard T. Peterson Penn State University Press (August 06, 1996)

Debates over postmodernism, analyses of knowledge and power, and the recurring issue of Heidegger's Nazism have all deepened questions about the relation between philosophy and the social roles of intellectuals....

Imagining the American Polity

by John G. Gunnell Penn State University Press (January 06, 2004)

Americans have long prided themselves on living in a country that serves as a beacon of democracy to the world, but from the time of the founding they have also engaged in debates over what the criteria for...

Blood and Debt

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (April 18, 2002)

What role does war play in political development? Our understanding of the rise of the nation-state is based heavily on the Western European experience of war. Challenging the dominance of this model, Blood...

Democracy, Deliberation, and Education

by Robert Asen Penn State University Press (July 28, 2015)

The local school board is one of America’s enduring venues of lay democracy at work. In Democracy, Deliberation, and Education, Robert Asen takes the pulse of this democratic exemplar through an in-depth study...

The Great Gap

by Merike Blofield Penn State University Press (November 20, 2011)

The relationship between socioeconomic inequality and democratic politics has been one of the central questions in the social sciences from Aristotle on. Recent waves of democratization, combined with deepened...

John Paul Stevens and the Constitution

by Robert Sickels Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

A good pragmatist's constitutional theory is inseparable from the legal disputes out of which it arises. John Paul Stevens's theory, that of deciding individual cases well instead of applying constitutional...

In a Rebellious Spirit

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (January 01, 1979)

A fresh view of the legal arguments leading to the American Revolution, this book argues that rebellious acts called "lawless" mob action by British authorities were sanctioned by "whig law" in the eyes of the...

The Athenian Republic

by Raphael Sealey Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This book traces continuity in the development of the Athenian constitution, whereas previous studies have usually looked for catastrophic changes. Sealey selects three features of Athenian law which are important...

“Civilizing” Rio

by Teresa Meade Penn State University Press (November 27, 1996)

A massive urban renewal and public-health campaign in the first decades of the nineteenth century transformed Brazil's capital into a showcase of European architecture and public works. The renovation of Rio,...

Liberty, Property, and Privacy

by Edward Keynes Penn State University Press (February 06, 1996)

In this book, Edward Keynes examines the fundamental-rights philosophy and jurisprudence that affords constitutional protection to unenumerated liberty, property, and privacy rights. He is critical of the failure...

Religious Routes to Gladstonian Liberalism

by Jacob Ellens Penn State University Press (August 30, 1994)

This book, covering the period 1832 to 1868, describes how the so-called "church rates" controversy contributed to the rise of a secular liberal state in England and Wales. The church rate was an ancient tax...

Nationalism and the International Labor Movement

by Michael Forman Penn State University Press (February 13, 1998)

The resurgence of nationalism accompanying the decline of Communism has been taken to indicate the failure of socialist theory to grasp the nature of this phenomenon. Against both those who argue that the radical...

Women of the Right

by Kathleen M. Blee & Sandra McGee Deutsch Penn State University Press (February 15, 2012)

In Women of the Right, Kathleen M. Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch bring together a groundbreaking collection of essays examining women in right-wing politics across the world, from the early twentieth-century...

The Violence of Victimhood

by Diane Enns Penn State University Press (March 05, 2012)

We know that violence breeds violence. We need look no further than the wars in the western Balkans, the genocide in Rwanda, or the ongoing crisis in Israel and Palestine. But we don’t know how to deal with...

Letters to Power

by Samuel McCormick Penn State University Press (December 15, 2011)

Although the scarcity of public intellectuals among today’s academic professionals is certainly a cause for concern, it also serves as a challenge to explore alternative, more subtle forms of political intelligence....

Appeals to Interest

by Dean Mathiowetz Penn State University Press (March 04, 2011)

It has become a commonplace assumption in modern political debate that white and rural working- and middle-class citizens in the United States who have been rallied by Republicans in the “culture wars” to...

Democracy Without Decency

by William M. Epstein Penn State University Press (March 22, 2010)

The conservative attacks on the welfare system in the United States over the past several decades have put liberal defenders of poverty relief and social insurance programs on the defensive. In this no-holds-barred...

America's New Working Class

by Kathleen R. Arnold Penn State University Press (December 20, 2007)

Today’s political controversy over immigration highlights the plight of the working class in this country as perhaps no other issue has recently done. The political status of immigrants exposes the power dynamics...

In a Defiant Stance

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

The minimum of violence accompanying the success of the American Revolution resulted in large part, argues this book, from the conditions of law the British allowed in the American colonies. By contrast, Ireland's...

The Politics of Resentment

by Jeremy Engels Penn State University Press (May 29, 2015)

In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played...

Voting Deliberatively

by Mary E. Stuckey Penn State University Press (April 20, 2015)

The 1932 election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to hold the promise of Democratic domination for years to come. However, leading up to the 1936 election, persistent economic problems, a controversial domestic...

Five Chapters on Rhetoric

by Michael S. Kochin Penn State University Press (March 23, 2009)

Michael Kochin’s radical exploration of rhetoric is built around five fundamental concepts that illuminate how rhetoric functions in the public sphere. To speak persuasively is to bring new things into existence—to...

The Soviet Scholar-Bureaucrat

by George M. Enteen Penn State University Press (January 01, 1978)

Mikhail Nikolaevich bridges 19th- and 20th-century Russian culture as well as Leninism and Stalinism, and later became an instrument in Khrushchev's effort at de-Stalinization. Pokrovskii was born in Moscow...

Reconsidering Difference

by Todd May Penn State University Press (July 01, 1997)

French philosophy since World War II has been preoccupied with the issue of difference. Specifically, it has wanted to promote or to leave room for ways of living and of being that differ from those usually...

The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism

by Todd May Penn State University Press (July 29, 1994)

The political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along...

Between Genealogy and Epistemology

by Todd May Penn State University Press (March 26, 1993)

Michel Foucault introduced a new form of political thinking and discourse. Rather than seeking to understand the grand unities of state, economy, or exploitation, he tried to discover the micropolitical workings...

A Civil Tongue

by Mark Kingwell Penn State University Press (December 12, 1994)

This book is about a widely shared desire: the desire among citizens for a vibrant and effective social discourse of legitimation. It therefore begins with the conviction that what political philosophy can provide...

Divided Empire

by Robert Thomas Fallon Penn State University Press (November 08, 1995)

In Divided Empire, Robert T. Fallon examines the influence of John Milton's political experience on his great poems: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. This study is a natural sequel to...

Use of Force

by Arthur Mark Weisburd Penn State University Press (April 04, 1997)

This book is among the few to develop in detail the proposition that international law on the subject of interstate force is better derived from practice than from treaties. Mark Weisburd assembles here a broad...

What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market?

by Philip D. Oxhorn & Graciela Ducatenzeiler Penn State University Press (December 10, 1998)

While there is much literature analyzing the politics of implementing economic reforms, very little has been written on the social and political consequences of such reforms after they have been implemented....

Women and Guerrilla Movements

by Karen Kampwirth Penn State University Press (June 18, 2002)

The revolutionary movements that emerged frequently in Latin America over the past century promoted goals that included overturning dictatorships, confronting economic inequalities, and creating what Cuban revolutionary...

Creating the Constitution

by Thornton Anderson Penn State University Press (November 08, 1993)

Creating the Constitution presents a different interpretation of the Convention and the First Congress, derived largely from a close reading of Farrand's Records and the Annals of Congress. Among its special...

Killing Detente

by Anne Cahn Penn State University Press (August 21, 1998)

Killing Detente tells the story of a major episode of intelligence intervention in politics in the mid-1970s that led to the derailing of detente between the Soviet Union and the United States and to the resurgence...

Posters for Peace

by Thomas W. Benson Penn State University Press (May 04, 2015)

By the spring of 1970, Americans were frustrated by continuing war in Vietnam and turmoil in the inner cities. Students on American college campuses opposed the war in growing numbers and joined with other citizens...

From Apartheid to Democracy

by Katherine Elizabeth Mack Penn State University Press (November 11, 2014)

South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings can be considered one of the most significant rhetorical events of the late twentieth century. The TRC called language into action, tasking...

Collective Courage

by Jessica Gordon Nembhard Penn State University Press (April 11, 2014)

In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s...

Ayn Rand

by Chris Matthew Sciabarra Penn State University Press (September 12, 2013)

Author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is one of the most widely read philosophers of the twentieth century. Yet, despite the sale of over thirty million copies of her works, there...

State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

by Agnieszka Paczyńska Penn State University Press (December 12, 2012)

In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation...

Deliberative Acts

by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (April 26, 2013)

The twenty-first century is characterized by the global circulation of cultures, norms, representations, discourses, and human rights claims; the arising conflicts require innovative understandings of decision...

Constitutive Visions

by Christa J. Olson Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship,...

Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls

by Ruth Abbey Penn State University Press (August 28, 2013)

In Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls, Ruth Abbey collects eight essays responding to the work of John Rawls from a feminist perspective. An impressive introduction by the editor provides a chronological...

A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century

by Luis Alberto Romero & James P. Brennan Penn State University Press (October 31, 2013)

A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century, originally published in Buenos Aires in 1994, attained instant status as a classic. Written as an introductory text for university students and the general public,...

Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

by Christian Kock & Lisa Villadsen Penn State University Press (September 04, 2012)

Citizenship has long been a central topic among educators, philosophers, and political theorists. Using the phrase “rhetorical citizenship” as a unifying perspective, Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation...