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After Saddam: Regional Insecurity, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Proliferation Pressures in Postwar Iraq
Andrew Flibbert explores the weapons proliferation pressures that have long confronted Iraq. He argues that the logic of the security dilemma may one day lead Baghdad to renew its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Democratization, responsible leadership, or a continued American military presence are unlikely to eliminate Iraq’s quest for the deadliest weapons in a dangerous regional environment that covets Iraq’s oil reserves.

pp. 547-567

Misperceptions, the Media, and the Iraq War
STEVEN KULL, CLAY RAMSAY, and EVAN LEWIS examine the prevalence of misperceptions related to the Iraq war among the American public: that weapons of mass destruction and evidence of close links between Iraq and al Qaeda had been found and that world public opinion approved of the United States going to war with Iraq. Such misperceptions were powerful predictors of support for the war, and their prevalence varied dramatically according to respondents’ primary source of news.

pp. 569-598

Issue Ownership and Presidential Campaigning, 1952-2000
John R. Petrocik, WILLIAM L. BENOIT, and GLENN J. HANSEN analyze the nomination acceptance addresses and television advertising spots of presidential candidates from 1952 through 2000 in order to determine whether the candidates pursued issue-ownership strategies. The authors conclude that they did, that the issue emphases of the candidates are echoed by the weight that voters assign to those issues in their judgments about the candidates, and that the media may be less influential than the candidates themselves in priming the issue concerns of the voters.

pp. 599-626

Democratic Legitimacy and Public Insecurity: Crime and Democracy in El Salvador and Guatemala
ORLANDO J. PERÉZ uses public opinion surveys to investigate how crime victimization affects public attitudes toward democracy. The article focuses on the cases of El Salvador and Guatemala. Across the developing countries, fear of crime and perceptions of social disorder are widespread. The failure of the state and its public order and criminal justice institutions to respond adequately and to provide protection and basic security may threaten democratic development. The fear of becoming a victim of crime significantly reduces support for democracy, increases support for authoritarian measures, and lowers confidence in the police and the political system.

pp. 627-644

The Politics of Gambling in the South
Michael Nelson and JOHN LYMAN MASON employ case studies of Mississippi and Georgia to explore the recent spread of legalized gambling in the South. Their research affirms the value of the prevailing theories of state policy innovation while suggesting several refinements, particularly in diffusion theory. They also draw attention to the sometimes-neglected importance of state constitutions and electoral politicians in the policy innovation process.

pp. 645-669

Partisanship and Governance: A Review Essay
Stephen J. Wayne reviews three books that address recent trends in voting behavior and their impact on the role of parties in government and on presidentialcongressional relations.

pp. 671-676

Identity in Democracy, Amy Gutmann
Reviewed by Margaret Moore

pp. 677-678

You Call This an Election? America's Peculiar Democracy, Steven E. Schier
Reviewed by Judith A. Best

pp. 678-679

Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government, David Schoenbrod and Ross Sandler
Reviewed by Susan Rose-Ackerman

pp. 679-681

The American Direct Primary: Party Institutionalization and Transformation in the North, Alan Ware
Reviewed by Jonathan Bernstein

pp. 681-683

Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics, Glenn W. Richardson, Jr.
Reviewed by Doris A. Graber

pp. 683-684

Averting 'The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings, Sheldon M. Stern
Reviewed by Robert Jervis

pp. 684-686

Bipartisan Strategy: Selling the Marshall Plan, John Bledsoe Bonds
Reviewed by Robert A. Divine

pp. 686-687

Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman: Mission and Power in American Foreign Policy, Anne R. Pierce
Reviewed by John Milton Cooper.

pp. 687-688

What Happened to the Soviet Union? How and Why American Sovietologists Were Caught by Surprise, Christopher I. Xenakis
Reviewed by Mark Kramer

pp. 688-690

Elections without Order: Russia's Challenge to Vladimir Putin, Richard Rose and Neil Munro
Reviewed by Joshua A. Tucker

pp. 691-692

Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of U.S.-China Relations 1989-2000, Robert L. Suettinger
Reviewed by Robert Sutter

pp. 692-693

Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition, Lucy G. Barber
Reviewed by Steven F. Lawson

pp. 693-695

Why Budgets Matter: Budget Policy and American Politics, Dennis S. Ippolito
Reviewed by Christopher Wlezien

pp. 695-696

The Grassroots of a Green Revolution: Polling America on the Environment, Deborah Lynn Guber
Reviewed by Eric R. A. N. Smith

pp. 696-697

States, Parties, and Social Movements, Jack A. Goldstone, ed.
Reviewed by Raymond A. Smith

pp. 697-698

No Fire Next Time: Black-Korean Conflicts and the Future of America's Cities, Patrick D. Joyce
Reviewed by Nicole P. Marwell

pp. 699-700

Rehnquist Justice: Understanding the Court Dynamic, Earl M. Maltz, ed.
Reviewed by Kevin J. McMahon

pp. 700-701

The States of Campaign Finance Reform, Robert K. Goidel and Donald A. Gross
Reviewed by Jeffrey Milyo

pp. 701-702

Superterrorism: Policy Responses, Lawrence Freedman, ed.
Reviewed by Brigitte L. Nacos

pp. 703-704

Images of Terror: What We Can and Can't Know about Terrorism, Philip Jenkins
Reviewed by Audrey Kurth Cronin

pp. 704-705

Governing from Below: Urban Regions and the Global Economy, Jefferey M. Sellers
Reviewed by Lorraine C. Minnite

pp. 705-708

Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America, Colin Gordon
Reviewed by Jacob S. Hacker

pp. 708-709

The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect, Matthew J. Lindstrom and Zachary A. Smith
Reviewed by Lettie McSpadden

pp. 709-711

War and Genocide: Organized Killing in a Modern Society, Martin Shaw
Reviewed by David P. Forsythe

pp. 711-712

Reluctant Partners: A History of Multilateral Trade Cooperation, 1850-2000, Andrew G. Brown
Reviewed by Stephan Haggard

pp. 712-714

The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth, Liah Greenfeld
Reviewed by Charles Tilly

pp. 714-715

French Interventionism: Europe's Last Global Player?, Adrian Treacher
Reviewed by Mark Kesselman

pp. 715-717

Blair's Britain, Stephen Driver and Luke Martell
Reviewed by Leon D. Epstein

pp. 717-718

Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965-2001, Jonathan Mendilow
Reviewed by Abraham Diskin

pp. 718-719

Professionalizing Research in Post-Mao China: The System Reform Institute and Policy Making, Catherine H. Keyser
Reviewed by Guobin Yang

pp. 719-721

Creating Spaniards: Culture and National Identity in Republican Spain, Sandie Holguín
Reviewed by Michael Seidman

pp. 721-722

Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power, Robert Latham, Ronald Kassimir and Thomas Callaghy, eds.
Reviewed by Donald Rothchild

pp. 722-724

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