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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Decolonizing Democracy

by Christine Keating Penn State University Press (July 28, 2011)

Most democratic theorists have taken Western political traditions as their primary point of reference, although the growing field of comparative political theory has shifted this focus. In Decolonizing Democracy...


Canon Fodder

by Penny A. Weiss Penn State University Press (July 17, 2009)

This book is an exercise in the recovery of historical memory about a set of thinkers who have been forgotten or purposely ignored and, as a result, never made it into the canon of Western political philosophy....


David Hume

by Mark G. Spencer Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

This volume provides a new and nuanced appreciation of David Hume as a historian. Gone for good are the days when one can offhandedly assert, as R. G. Collingwood once did, that Hume “deserted philosophical...


A Companion to Michael Oakeshott

by Paul Franco & Leslie Marsh Penn State University Press (September 25, 2012)

Michael Oakeshott has long been recognized as one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century, but until now no single volume has been able to examine all the facets of his wide-ranging...


Trust, Democracy, and Multicultural Challenges

by Patti Tamara Lenard Penn State University Press (April 10, 2012)

Banning minarets by referendum in Switzerland, publicly burning Korans in the United States, prohibiting kirpans in public spaces in Canada—these are all examples of the rising backlash against diversity that...


Too Young to Run?

by John Seery Penn State University Press (May 12, 2011)

Under the Constitution of the United States, those with political ambitions who aspire to serve in the federal government must be at least twenty-five to qualify for membership in the House of Representatives,...


The Time of Popular Sovereignty

by Paulina Ochoa Espejo Penn State University Press (April 20, 2011)

Democracy is usually conceived as based on self-rule or rule by the people, and it is this which is taken to ground the legitimacy of the democratic form of government. But who constitutes the people? Democratic...


Feudal America

by Vladimir Shlapentokh & Joshua Woods Penn State University Press (January 28, 2011)

Do Americans live in a liberal capitalist society, where evenhanded competition rules the day, or a society in which big money, private security, and personal relations determine key social outcomes? Vladimir...


Reconstructing Rawls

by Robert S. Taylor Penn State University Press (February 03, 2011)

Reconstructing Rawls has one overarching goal: to reclaim Rawls for the Enlightenment—more specifically, the Prussian Enlightenment. Rawls’s so-called political turn in the 1980s, motivated by a newfound...


Public Forgetting

by Bradford Vivian Penn State University Press (March 01, 2010)

Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of distortion or dissolution that...


Empathy and Democracy

by Michael E. Morrell Penn State University Press (April 05, 2010)

Democracy harbors within it fundamental tensions between the ideal of giving everyone equal consideration and the reality of having to make legitimate, binding collective decisions. Democracies have granted...


Human Rights and Memory

by Daniel Lévy & Natan Sznaider Penn State University Press (August 10, 2010)

Memories of historical events like the Holocaust have played a key role in the internationalization of human rights. Their importance lies in their ability to bridge the universal and the particular—the universality...


Elections in Pennsylvania

by Jack M. Treadway Penn State University Press (November 14, 2005)

The most comprehensive state election study ever undertaken, Elections in Pennsylvania provides data and analysis for more than 13,000 general elections and more than 6,000 primary elections held in the state...


Collective Dreams

by Keally D. McBride Penn State University Press (June 15, 2005)

How do we go about imagining different and better worlds for ourselves? Collective Dreams looks at ideals of community, frequently embraced as the basis for reform across the political spectrum, as the predominant...


Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice

by Kok-Chor Tan Penn State University Press (December 19, 2000)

The "comprehensive liberalism" defended in this book offers an alternative to the narrower "political liberalism" associated with the writings of John Rawls. By arguing against making tolerance as fundamental...


Experiment in Occupation

by Arthur D. Kahn Penn State University Press (January 08, 2004)

As a participant in many of the events he writes about in Experiment in Occupation, Arthur Kahn offers a richly detailed account of the process by which the fight against Nazism came to be transformed into the...


Lost Worlds

by Jonathan Dewald Penn State University Press (September 28, 2006)

Today’s interest in social history and private life is often seen as a twentieth-century innovation. Most often Lucien Febvre and the Annales school in France are credited with making social history a widely...


Kant’s Political Theory

by Elisabeth Ellis Penn State University Press (July 31, 2012)

Past interpreters of Kant’s thought seldom viewed his writings on politics as having much importance, especially in comparison with his writings on ethics, which (along with his major works, such as the Critique...


Authority Figures

by Torrey Shanks Penn State University Press (October 23, 2014)

In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured...