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xiii, 107 pages ; 23 cm.
This book places the 2014 elections in Florida in historical perspective and provides an analysis of the outcomes of each of the state and federal races held in that year: Governor, State Constitutional Offices, the US Congress and the Florida State House of Representatives and the State Senate. It draws on information from exit polls and data from state voter registration rolls and county and district election outcomes. It also utilizes campaign expenditure data from the files of the Florida Department of State and from the US Elections Commission. The book provides a discussion of the context within which the elections took place and of the strategies and tactics employed by the candidates. An explanation for the outcome of the gubernatorial race is provided through an analysis of voting coalitions that supported the leading candidates. It closes with an analysis of the competitiveness of elections in Florida.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780761870128 20180618
Green Library
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194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: E-government and e-governance
  • E-governance era : paradigm shifts and megatrends, Janus face of technology, digital divide, and the hype curve/hype cycle
  • Technology models and societal preferences : technology acceptance model (TAM), diffusion of innovation (DOI), and web trust
  • Scientific knowledge, technocrats, and the role of the expert
  • Open innovation, advancements in technological innovation and the impact of modern networks on participation
  • Deliberative democracy and citizen participation
  • Modern deliberative democracy means and web 2.0 technology : social media and crowdsourcing
  • Modern deliberative democracy means and web 2.0 technology : suggestion boxes, deliberative mini-publics, citizen review panels, deliberative polls and public meetings
  • E-governance, deliberative democracy and voting processes : part one
  • E-governance, deliberative democracy and voting processes : part two.
E-Governance as a field of study is relatively new when considered within the broader historical context of US democracy. The advent of the modern Internet in the early 1990s yielded new technologies that began to shift citizen expectations of how government can -- and in many cases should -- govern. Though innovations continue to emerge at a rapid pace, these technologies may be used to reinforce long-held deliberative democracy principles, including transparency, accountability and flexibility. Advances in E-Governance offers a comprehensive exploration of the role that technological innovation plays in facilitating government action and citizen participation. In this timely book, author Anthony Trotta differentiates e-governance from e-government and examines the increasingly important role social media and crowdsourcing have come to play in our democracy, and the interactions between technology, polling, voting, and outcomes. Including practical cases ranging from DMV registration to online tax filing and markers of successful implementation, Advances in E-Governance carefully addresses how the adoption and expansion of electronic platforms align with new government paradigms and looks to future trends in this rapidly expanding field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498701181 20170925
Law Library (Crown)
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viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Aristotle's political imagination capitalizes on the virtues of a middle-class republic. America's experiment in republican liberty bears striking similarities to Aristotle's best political regime--especially at the point of the middling class and its public role. Author Leslie Rubin, by holding America up to the mirror of Aristotle, explores these correspondences and their many implications for contemporary political life.Rubin begins with the Politics , in which Aristotle asserts the best political regime maintains stability by balancing oligarchic and democratic tendencies, and by treating free and relatively equal people as capable of a good life within a law-governed community that practices modest virtues.The second part of the book focuses upon America, showing how its founding opinion leaders prioritized the virtues of the middle in myriad ways. Rubin uncovers a surprising range of evidence, from moderate property holding by a large majority of the populace to citizen experience of both ruling and being ruled. She singles out the importance of the respect for the middle-class virtues of industriousness, sobriety, frugality, honesty, public spirit, and reasonable compromise. Rubin also highlights the educational institutions that foster the middle class--public education affords literacy, numeracy, and job skills, while civic education provides the history and principles of the nation as well as the rights and duties of all its citizens.Wise voices from the past, both of ancient Greece and postcolonial America, commend the middle class. The erosion of a middle class and the descent of political debate into polarized hysteria threaten a democratic republic. If the rule of the people is not to fall into demagoguery, then the body politic must remind itself of the requirements--both political and personal--of free, stable, and fair political life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781481300544 20180423
Green Library
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xv, 158 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Chapter 1- An Introduction to American Presidential Candidate SpousesChapter 2: Understanding Public Opinion towards Presidential Candidate Spouses Chapter 3: Hillary Clinton v. Barbara Bush: Tradition Meets Change in the 1992 Presidential Campaign Chapter 4: Historic Firsts: Public Opinion toward Michelle Obama and Ann Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election Chapter 5: Breaking with the Past: Public Opinion towards Melania Trump and Bill Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election Chapter 6: The Future of Public Opinion and Presidential Candidate Spouses.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319738789 20180618
The book offers a comprehensive analysis of public opinion toward presidential candidate spouses over the course of three decades, drawing on multiple theoretical frameworks including the concept of "new traditionalism" and a plethora of empirical data to explore why some spouses engender greater support than others-and what these reactions reveal about the American public and the gendered nature of the American presidency. Recognizing that presidential candidate spouses are important but understudied political actors, this book provides extensive analysis of public evaluations of Bill Clinton and Melania Trump during the 2016 presidential election as well as the presidential candidate spouses in the 1992 and 2012 elections and places public reaction to these individuals in historical context. The book considers important trends in U.S. elections including party polarization from the distinctive vantage points of candidate spouses and explores the symbolic importance of historic firsts including the first African American candidate spouse and the first male candidate spouse. No other work provides a systematic exploration of public opinion towards candidate spouses as distinct political entities across the modern political era.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319738789 20180618
Green Library
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viii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Introduction 1 John Locke and Southern Plantations 2 John Winthrop and the New England Town 3 Thomas Jefferson and the Midwestern Township 4 Albert Gallatin and Municipal Enterprise 5 William Leggett and the General Incorporation Laws 6 Justin Morrill and Land Grant Colleges 7 John Wesley Powell and Western Public Lands 8 Joseph Pulitzer and Municipal Home Rule 9 Hugh Hammond Bennett and Soil Conservation Districts 10 Byron Hanke and the Residential Community Association Conclusion: The Way Forward Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781788311243 20180306
Recent American political developments, including the election of Donald Trump, reveal profound disquiet with the highly centralized political regime based on discretionary allocation of funds and powers to interest groups that has developed since the creation of emergency institutions after America's entry into World War I. This book demonstrates the effectiveness in American history of measures conceived in a different spirit, addressing the population at large, rather than particular interest groups, relying on citizen and local initiative, and founded not on the distribution of frequently unearned benefits and powers but on reciprocal contributions and obligations. George W. Liebmann discusses John Winthrop and his foundation of New England towns; John Locke and the creation of Southern plantations; Thomas Jefferson and his scheme for the organization of Northwestern townships and American territories and states; Joseph Pulitzer and the origins of municipal home rule; John Wesley Powell and the creation of reclamation districts; Hugh Hammond Bennett and the fostering of soil conservation districts; and Byron Hanke and the development of residential community associations. The book concludes with a number of public policy proposals relating to housing, urban renewal, care of the elderly, immigration and youth unemployment conceived in the same spirit. Liebmann brings to light little-known facts concerning the growth of practices and institutions that Americans take for granted. His book will be of interest to students of biography, history and government.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781788311243 20180306
Green Library
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xii, 158 pages ; 22 cm
The Great Recession, institutional dysfunction, a growing divide between urban and rural prospects, and failed efforts to effectively address immigration have paved the way for a populist backlash that disrupts the postwar bargain between political elites and citizens. Whether today's populism represents a corrective to unfair and obsolete policies or a threat to liberal democracy itself remains up for debate. Yet this much is clear: these challenges indict the triumphalism that accompanied liberal democratic consolidation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. To respond to today's crisis, good leaders must strive for inclusive economic growth while addressing fraught social and cultural issues, including demographic anxiety, with frank attention. Although reforms may stem the populist tide, liberal democratic life will always leave some citizens unsatisfied. This is a permanent source of vulnerability, but liberal democracy will endure so long as citizens believe it is worth fighting for.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300228922 20180530
Green Library
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292 pages ; 25 cm
In the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, US truth tellers are under attack. American Intelligence - the ultimate truth teller - has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, and in The Assault on Intelligence, General Michael Hayden takes up that urgent work with profound passion, insight and authority. He shows just how crippled the US has become in its capacity to address fundamental global changes, and points toward a series of effective responses. Because when a country loses its intelligence, democracy dies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780525558583 20180611
Green Library
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227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • A people's country
  • Broke and patriotic
  • Heading to Alabama and Montana
  • The last hope
  • The land of milk and honey
  • Freedom
  • Reconciling poverty and patriotism
  • An unshakeable bond.
Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them? In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America's most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country. He masterfully weaves their words into three narratives. First, America's poor still see their country as the "last hope" for themselves and the world: America offers its people a sense of dignity, closeness to God, and answers to most of humanity's problems. Second, America is still the "land of milk and honey:" a very rich and generous country where those who work hard can succeed. Third, America is the freest country on earth where self-determination is still possible. This book offers a stirring portrait of the people left behind by their country and left out of the national conversation. By giving them a voice, Duina sheds new light on a sector of American society that we are only beginning to recognize as a powerful force in shaping the country's future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804799690 20171121
Law Library (Crown)
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227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • A people's country
  • Broke and patriotic
  • Heading to Alabama and Montana
  • The last hope
  • The land of milk and honey
  • Freedom
  • Reconciling poverty and patriotism
  • An unshakeable bond.
Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them? In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America's most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country. He masterfully weaves their words into three narratives. First, America's poor still see their country as the "last hope" for themselves and the world: America offers its people a sense of dignity, closeness to God, and answers to most of humanity's problems. Second, America is still the "land of milk and honey:" a very rich and generous country where those who work hard can succeed. Third, America is the freest country on earth where self-determination is still possible. This book offers a stirring portrait of the people left behind by their country and left out of the national conversation. By giving them a voice, Duina sheds new light on a sector of American society that we are only beginning to recognize as a powerful force in shaping the country's future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804799690 20171121
Green Library
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xi, 309 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction Chapter 1: McConnell's Power Play Chapter 2: In the Shadow of Mansfield's Great Senate Chapter 3: From Baker and Dole to Gingrich and Lott Chapter 4: Bipartisanship Tried, Lost and Found Chapter 5: Mitch McConnell's Senate Chapter 6: McConnell and Schumer Face President Trump Chapter 7: The Confirmation Process Chapter 8: The Gorsuch Nomination: When No Compromise is Possible Chapter 9: Investigating the Russian Connection Chapter 10: In Sickness and in Health Chapter 11: Immigration and Border Security Chapter 12: Moderating Economic Nationalism Chapter 13: Climate Change Denial Chapter 14: Reconceiving the Senate A Note on Sources.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781538105825 20180423
While the hyper-partisanship in Washington that has stunned the world has been building for decades, Ira Shapiro argues that the U.S. Senate has suffered most acutely from the loss of its political center. In Broken, Ira Shapiro, a former senior Senate staffer and author of the critically-acclaimed book The Last Great Senate, offers an expert's account of some of the most prominent battles of the past decade and lays out what must be done to restore the Senate's lost luster. Shapiro places the Senate at "ground zero for America's political dysfunction"--the institution that has failed the longest and the worst. Because the Senate, at its best, represented the special place where the Democrats and Republicans worked together to transcend ideological and regional differences and find common ground, its decline has intensified the nation's polarization, by institutionalizing it at the highest level. Shapiro documents this decline and evaluates the prospects of restoration that could provide a way out of the polarized morass that has engulfed Congress. With a narrative that runs right through the first year of the Trump presidency, Broken will be essential reading for all concerned about the state of American politics and the future of our country.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781538105825 20180423
Green Library
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342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Book one. Icarus rising
  • The idealist
  • The man who could see air
  • The mysterious Mr B
  • The human element
  • Book two. Icarus soaring
  • In plain sight
  • Rocket men
  • To the sun
  • Part three. Icarus falling
  • Fallen angel
  • Secrets and lies
  • The verdict
  • New frontiers
  • Book four. Icarus reborn
  • Trade-offs
  • Together and apart
  • Endgame
  • Epilogue: Landings.
Green Library
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111 pages ; 18 cm
Green Library
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xxxii, 349 pages ; 24 cm
Green Library
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vii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Capitol Pages in the Senate, House, and Supreme Court have been an integral part of US politics and history from the earliest days of American Government. The page program itself mirrors the values, successes, and failures of our government and of our country as a whole, including our ever-evolving stances on race, gender, and equal opportunity for all. Though we now only have Senate Pages who serve after the controversial closing of the House Page Program in 2011, former pages have a unique perspective on American politics and give back not only during their service to our country's leaders, but afterwards as prominent and engaged leaders in the fields of politics, business, military, education, art, and culture. The author, a former Senate Page herself, shares first-hand accounts along with interviews of former pages, some notable public figures today, and in-depth research on the history of Capitol Pages, their duties, schooling, experiences, victories, and downfalls. Many first-hand interviews with former pages, including some of the first African American and female pages, reveal surprising discoveries of the importance of the Capitol Page Program, including the discovery that Capitol Page School was the first integrated public school after Brown Versus Board of Education thanks to Chief Warren's determination to set an example for the country using this page school of less than 100 students. Pages were there as first-hand witnesses on the Senate and House Floors when our country declared war, during acts of violence including 9/11, and for our many victories and tragedies in US politics and history. Senate Pages today are carrying on an important role as an essential part of a 200+ year tradition of young ambassadors working alongside our politicians in the US Capitol.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781476669724 20180416
Green Library
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viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Evaluating American elections : are they working well? / Todd Donovan
  • Compulsory voting and the United States / Shane P. Singh
  • Race and the right to vote : the modern barrier of voter ID laws / Hannah Walker, Gabriel Sanchez, Stephen Nuno, and Matt Barreto
  • Provisional votes : an election reform to count more votes / Martha Kropf and Holly Whisman
  • One step forward, two steps back : the curious case of immigrant voting rights / Ron Hayduk
  • Changing how America votes for President / Caroline J. Tolbert and Kellen Gracey
  • Redistricting and representation : searching for "fairness" between the lines / Vladimir Kogan and Eric McGhee
  • Ranked choice voting : a different way of casting and counting votes / David C. Kimball and Joseph Anthony
  • The impact of electoral rules on minority representation / Jason P. Casellas and Kenicia Wright The Fair Representation Act for Congress / Rob Richie and Drew Spencer Penrose
  • What's rules got to do with it? : parties, reform, and selection in the presidential nomination process / Jason S. Byers and Jamie L. Carson
  • Signature requirements and ballot access for non-major party candidates / Barry C. Burden and Jordan Hsu
  • Third parties and the fight for electoral reform / Brian Brox
  • Campaign finance in U.S. Politics : an era without limits / Lonna Rae Atkeson and Wendy L. Hansen
  • When do election rules change? / Todd Donovan.
Democracy requires conversations about how its practice can be improved. This is an enduring theme in American politics, and demands for change in how we conduct elections are highly salient today. The crisis of the 2000 presidential election generated demands for changes in election rules, but the response was muted. After 2000, several states adopted photo ID laws, and other rules that made it more difficult to vote. The 2010 Citizens United decision heralded in deregulation of campaign finance. The Voting Rights Act was weakened by The Court in 2013. More recently, the unprecedented presidential election of 2016 generated accusations from the left and right that America's elections were 'a rigged system' of caucuses, conventions, and campaign finance desperately in need of reforms. Changing How America Votes is an edited volume comprised of 15 short substantive chapters on various specific reform topics that examine how electoral democracy in the United States is working, and how it might be improved. Editor Todd Donovan has written brief introductory and concluding chapters, and very brief introductions to the following three thematic sections that divide the readings accordingly: Voting and Participation: Changing Who Votes; Electoral Rules and Systems: Changing How We Vote; and Changing the Role of Parties and Money. In order to facilitate student learning and assist instructors' ability to use the book, this edited volume reads as a coherent text. The contributors, many of whom are accomplished scholars, or who write frequent blog posts and Op-Ed pieces, were asked to write as accessibly as possible for an undergraduate audience, and address many of the following topics: * Why is this issue important? * What would a proposed reform look like? * What are arguments in favor of the proposal? * Is there evidence it might make a difference, and what difference would it make? * Beyond the evidence, is it the right thing to do? List of contributors: Joseph Anthony, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Matt Barreto , Brian Brox, Barry C. Burden, Jason S. Byers, Jamie L. Carson, Jason P. Casellas, Kellen Gracey, Wendy L. Hansen, Ron Hayduk, Jordan Hsu, David C. Kimball, Vladimir Kogan, Martha Kropf, Eric McGhee, Stephen Nuno, Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie, Gabriel Sanchez, Shane P. Singh, Caroline J. Tolbert, Hannah Walker, Holly Whisman, and Kenicia Wright.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442276079 20170522
Law Library (Crown)
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viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Preface 1. Evaluating American Elections: Are They Working Well?, by Todd Donovan Part I: Voting and Participation: Changing Who Votes 2. Compulsory Voting and the United States, by Shane P. Singh 3. Race and the Right to Vote: The Modern Barrier of Voter ID Laws, by Hannah Walker, Gabriel Sanchez, Stephen Nuno, and Matt Barreto 4. Provisional Votes: An Election Reform to Count More Votes, by Martha Kropf and Holly Whisman 5. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Curious Case of Immigrant Voting Rights, by Ron Hayduk Part II: Electoral Rules and Systems: Changing How We Vote 6. Changing How America Votes for President, by Caroline J. Tolbert and Kellen Gracey 7. Redistricting and Representation: Searching for "Fairness" between the Lines, by Vladimir Kogan and Eric McGhee 8. Ranked Choice Voting: A Different Way of Casting and Counting Votes, by David C. Kimball and Joseph Anthony 9. The Impact of Electoral Rules on Minority Representation, by Jason P. Casellas and Kenicia Wright 10. The Fair Representation Act for Congress, by Rob Richie and Drew Spencer Penrose Part III: Changing the Roles of Parties and Money 11. What's Rules Got to Do with It? Parties, Reform, and Selection in the Presidential Nomination Process, by Jason S. Byers and Jamie L. Carson 12. Signature Requirements and Ballot Access for Non-Major Party Candidates, by Barry C. Burden and Jordan Hsu 13. Third Parties and the Fight for Electoral Reform, by Brian Brox 14. Campaign Finance in U.S. Politics: An Era without Limits, by Lonna Rae Atkeson and Wendy L. Hansen 15. When Do Election Rules Change?, by Todd Donovan References Index Contributors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442276079 20170522
Democracy requires conversations about how its practice can be improved. This is an enduring theme in American politics, and demands for change in how we conduct elections are highly salient today. The crisis of the 2000 presidential election generated demands for changes in election rules, but the response was muted. After 2000, several states adopted photo ID laws, and other rules that made it more difficult to vote. The 2010 Citizens United decision heralded in deregulation of campaign finance. The Voting Rights Act was weakened by The Court in 2013. More recently, the unprecedented presidential election of 2016 generated accusations from the left and right that America's elections were 'a rigged system' of caucuses, conventions, and campaign finance desperately in need of reforms. Changing How America Votes is an edited volume comprised of 15 short substantive chapters on various specific reform topics that examine how electoral democracy in the United States is working, and how it might be improved. Editor Todd Donovan has written brief introductory and concluding chapters, and very brief introductions to the following three thematic sections that divide the readings accordingly: Voting and Participation: Changing Who Votes; Electoral Rules and Systems: Changing How We Vote; and Changing the Role of Parties and Money. In order to facilitate student learning and assist instructors' ability to use the book, this edited volume reads as a coherent text. The contributors, many of whom are accomplished scholars, or who write frequent blog posts and Op-Ed pieces, were asked to write as accessibly as possible for an undergraduate audience, and address many of the following topics: * Why is this issue important? * What would a proposed reform look like? * What are arguments in favor of the proposal? * Is there evidence it might make a difference, and what difference would it make? * Beyond the evidence, is it the right thing to do? List of contributors: Joseph Anthony, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Matt Barreto , Brian Brox, Barry C. Burden, Jason S. Byers, Jamie L. Carson, Jason P. Casellas, Kellen Gracey, Wendy L. Hansen, Ron Hayduk, Jordan Hsu, David C. Kimball, Vladimir Kogan, Martha Kropf, Eric McGhee, Stephen Nuno, Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie, Gabriel Sanchez, Shane P. Singh, Caroline J. Tolbert, Hannah Walker, Holly Whisman, and Kenicia Wright.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442276079 20170522
Green Library
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308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Citizenship before the Fourteenth Amendment
  • The retroactive invention of citizenship : a textual history
  • "Citizenship in heaven" : biblical exegesis and the afterlife of politics
  • Citizens of nature : oceanic revolutions and the geopolitics of personhood
  • The elsewhere of citizenship : literary autonomy and the fabrication of allegiance
  • Stateless fictions : negative instruction and the nationalization of citizenship
  • Coda : Wong Kim Ark and "the man without a country".
No Constitutional definition of citizenship existed until the 14th Amendment in 1868. Carrie Hyde looks at the period between the Revolution and the Civil War when the cultural and juridical meaning of citizenship was still up for grabs. She recovers numerous speculative traditions that made and remade citizenship's meaning in this early period.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674976153 20180219
Law Library (Crown)
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308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Part I. Reading "citizenship": Introduction: citizenship before the Fourteenth Amendment
  • The retroactive invention of citizenship: a textual history
  • Part II. The higher laws of citizenship: "Citizenship in heaven": biblical exegesis and the afterlife of politics
  • Citizens of nature: oceanic revolutions and the geopolitics of personhood
  • Part III. The lettered citizen: The elsewhere of citizenship: literary autonomy and the fabrication of allegiance
  • Stateless fictions: negative instruction and the nationalization of citizenship
  • Coda: Wong Kim Ark and "the man without a country".
No Constitutional definition of citizenship existed until the 14th Amendment in 1868. Carrie Hyde looks at the period between the Revolution and the Civil War when the cultural and juridical meaning of citizenship was still up for grabs. She recovers numerous speculative traditions that made and remade citizenship's meaning in this early period.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674976153 20180219
Green Library
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xi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Toothless, Sapless, and Secretive2. Seeds of Rebellion3. The Class4. The Reinforcements5. The Revolution6. Time to Put on the Long Pants7. Thermidor8. The Republican Reformers9. Revolution or Skirmish?10. Before You Can Save the World, Save Your Seat11. Coda for Reform12. Reform and the Rise of PolarizationConclusionEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421424699 20180604
In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixon's 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. In The Class of '74, John A. Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms. Lawrence's long-standing work in Congress afforded him unique access to former members, staff, House officers, journalists, and others, enabling him to challenge the time-honored reputation of the Class as idealistic, narcissistic, and naive "Watergate Babies." Their observations help reshape our understanding of the Class and of a changing Congress through frank, humorous, and insightful opinions. These reformers provided the votes to disseminate power, elevate suppressed issues, and expand participation by junior legislators in congressional deliberations. But even as such innovations empowered progressive Democrats, the greater openness they created, combined with changing undercurrents in American politics in the mid-1970s, facilitated increasingly bitter battles between liberals and conservatives. These disputes foreshadowed contemporary legislative gridlock and a divided Congress. Today, many observers point to gerrymandering, special-interest money, and a host of other developments to explain the current dysfunction of American politics. In The Class of '74, Lawrence argues that these explanations fail to recognize deep roots of partisanship. To fully understand the highly polarized political environment that now pervades the House and American politics, we must examine the complex politics, including a more open and contentious House, that emerged in the wake of Watergate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421424699 20180604
Green Library
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xvii, 165 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction / Rodolfo Rosales
  • The dialectics of citizenship and community / Rodolfo Rosales
  • Lost in migration? : on comitatus, community, and citizenship / Louis Mendoza
  • Setting the stage : a top-down perspective on factors that divide democratic citizenship / Carol Yoder and Christina Verzjil
  • Dishonored citizenry : black women, civic virtue, and electoral powers / Joy James
  • Transborder political subjectivity and enacted citizenship : toward the end of the neoliberal "state of exception"? / Devon Peña
  • No nos moverán : embodying buen vivir in the case of Mission Trails Mobile Home Community / Marisol Cortez
  • Citizenship and sovereignty : the eternal conflict between rights and community / Deron Marquez
  • Sovereigns or citizens? : the paradox of indigenous self-determination / Rebecca Tsosie
  • Asian Americans : the challenge of citizenship status and building community / Kim Geron and Danvy Le
  • Conclusion / Rodolfo Rosales.
Community as the Material Basis of Citizenship addresses community as the site of participation, production, and rights of citizens and brings to bear a profound critique of a collective process that has historically excluded working class communities and communities of color from any real governance. The argument is that the status of citizenship has been influenced by a society that emphasizes the role of property in defining legitimacy and power and therefore idealizes and institutionalizes citizenship from an individualistic perspective. This system puts the onus on the individual citizen to participate in their governance, while the political reality is that organizations and corporations and their interests have great power to influence and govern. The chapters present an exciting departure from the long-standing traditions of the social basis of citizenship. In Community as the Material Basis of Citizenship, Rodolfo Rosales and his contributors argue that citizenship is a communally embedded and/or socially constituted phenomenon. Hence, the unfinished story of American Democracy is not in the equalization of communities but rather in their ability to participate in their own governance - in their empowerment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138080935 20180306
Law Library (Crown)