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[Cross-posted from New Books in Political ScienceKirk Randazzo is the author (with Richard Waterman) of Checking the Courts: Law, Ideology, and Contingent Discretion (SUNY Press 2014). Randazzo is associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina. He has previously written several books on the courts and foreign policy.

How does legislative language affect the courts? Randazzo and Waterman take on this long-standing question with original data and analysis of the factors that drive judicial behavior. Their approach is innovative and methodologically novel. Using newly constructed measures of statutory detail, they find that judges are influenced by the level of discretion afforded to them in the writing of legislation. The book helps scholars of political science and the law to better understand the interactions between the branches of government.

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Darrell M. WestBillionaires: Reflection on the Upper Crust

October 20, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] So how many billionaires are there in the world? And what do they have to do with politics? Darrell  M. West has answered those questions in Billionaires: Reflection on the Upper Crust (Brookings 2014). West is vice president of Governance Studies and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. As [...]

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Kara W. SwansonBanking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America

October 20, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Science, Technology, and Society] How did we come to think of spaces for the storage and circulation of body parts as “banks,” and what are the consequences of that history for the way we think about human bodies as property today? Kara W. Swanson’s wonderful new book traces the history of body banks [...]

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Matthew HuberLifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

October 17, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Geography]  Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) is an incisive look into how oil permeates our lives and helped shape American politics during the twentieth century. Author Matthew Huber shows the crucial role oil and housing policy played in the New Deal and how, in subsequent decades, government [...]

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Anthony SantaroExile & Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourses on the Death Penalty

October 14, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Christian Studies] The death penalty is a subject that can easily inflame emotions. However, in his book, Exile & Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourses on the Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press, 2013), Dr. Anthony Santaro does an amazing job of objectively presenting opposition to and support of the death penalty and explaining his own opposition to it. [...]

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Andrea Louise CampbellTrapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle

October 13, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Andrea Louise Campbell is the author of Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Campbell is professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trapped in America’s Safety Net sheds light on the reality of means-tested programs in the United States. Following an accident that left [...]

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James MartinDrugs on the Dark Net: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs

October 9, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Terrorism and Organized Crime] I am old enough to realise that we have entered a science fiction world in which the old systems of the market place are being sidestepped by new technology. We who follow the tried and true methods are missing out of the brave new world. The changes are [...]

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Ajay K. MehrotraMaking the Modern American Fiscal State: Law Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929

October 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Prior to the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, the United States did not have a national system of taxation—it had a regional system, a system linked to political parties, and a system that, in many instances, preserved and protected trade.  In his superbly written and thoughtful book Making the Modern American [...]

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Heather MenziesReclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir and Manifesto

October 6, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Journalism] The Canadian author and scholar, Heather Menzies, has written a book about the journey she took to the highlands of Scotland in search of her ancestral roots. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir & Manifesto (New Society Publishers, 2014), Menzies outlines her discovery of a vanished way of life [...]

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Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka TsujinakaNonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment

October 6, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka are the authors of Nonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Pekkanen is professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the [...]

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