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The Domestic Politics of Irrational Intelligence Oversight
AMY B. ZEGART examines the roots of weak congressional intelligence oversight and challenges the view that ineffectual oversight stems from executive branch secrecy. Instead, she finds that Congress has tied its own hands by failing to consolidate its budgetary power or to develop robust expertise in intelligence.

pp. 1-25

The Republican Resurgence in 2010
Gary C. Jacobson analyzes the 2010 midterm election as a referendum on the Obama administration, driven fundamentally by the economy, but intensified by the deep animosity of the President's opponents, the Republicans' success in nationalizing the election, and the political failure of Obama's legislative successes.

pp. 27-52

Nuclear Forensics: False Hopes and Practical Realities
Richard Weitz looks at the international politics of nuclear forensics—a scientific technique that employs various investigatory methods to reveal the source and history of nuclear material. He worries that many governments and analysts underestimate the difficulties in constructing an effective nuclear forensics regime that can pinpoint those responsible for a nuclear incident and thus weakens the ability to deter by threatening nuclear retaliation.

pp. 53-75

Managing Fear: The Politics of Homeland Security
Benjamin H. Friedman argues that the United States has spent excessively on homeland security since September 11. He outlines psychological and political explanations for this overreaction and concludes that these factors make some overreaction to terrorism unavoidable but offers four strategies to mitigate it.

pp. 77-106

America's Cultural Challenge Abroad
Harvey B. Feigenbaum discusses the economic and cultural reasons for the spread of American pop culture and finds that political complaints by many countries about “Americanization” are well founded.

pp. 107-129

Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War, Robert Jervis
Reviewed by Loch K. Johnson

pp. 131-132

The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy, Richard A. Posner
Reviewed by Vinod K. Aggarwal

pp. 132-133

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, David Remnick
Reviewed by Fred I. Greenstein

pp. 133-134

Newcomers, Outsiders and Insiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-First Century, Andrew L. Aoki, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Rodney Hero and Ronald Schmidt Sr.
Reviewed by Rodolfo O. de la Garza

pp. 134-135

Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race, Thomas J. Sugrue
Reviewed by Robert C. Lieberman

pp. 136-137

Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate, Frances E. Lee
Reviewed by Jason M. Roberts

pp. 137-138

Political Branding in Cities: The Decline of Machine Politics in Bogota, Naples, and Chicago, Eleonora Pasotti
Reviewed by Peter Eisinger

pp. 138-140

Electing Chávez: The Business of Anti-neoliberal Politics in Venezuela, Leslie Gates
Reviewed by Kirk A. Hawkins

pp. 140-141

The New Labour Experiment: Change and Reform Under Blair and Brown, Florence Faucher-King and Patrick Le Gales
Reviewed by George Breckenridge

pp. 141-142

The Mother of Mohammed: An Australian Woman's Extraordinary Journey into Jihad, Sally Neighbour
Reviewed by Mia Bloom

pp. 143-144

Tax Evasion and the Rule of Law in Latin America: The Political Culture of Cheating and Compliance in Argentina and Chile, Marcelo Bergman
Reviewed by Maria Victoria Murillo

pp. 144-145

Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia, Anthony Reid
Reviewed by Dan Slater

pp. 146-147

Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Matthew Kroenig
Reviewed by Alexander H. Montgomery

pp. 147-148

Going Local: Presidential Leadership in the Post-Broadcast Age, Jeffrey E. Cohen
Reviewed by Martin Johnson

pp. 148-150

The Civil Rights Movement and the Logic of Social Change, Joseph Luders
Reviewed by Daniel Kato

pp. 150-151

The View of the Courts from the Hill: Interactions Between Congress and the Federal Judiciary, Mark C. Miller
Reviewed by Gerald N. Rosenberg

pp. 151-152

Now is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism, Todd C. Shaw
Reviewed by Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

pp. 153-154

Partisan Bonds: Political Reputations and Legislative Accountability, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski
Reviewed by David R. Jones

pp. 154-155

Honest Broker? The National Security Advisor and Presidential Decision Making, John P. Burke
Reviewed by Matthew J. Dickinson

pp. 155-157

Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War, Scott Melzer
Reviewed by Clyde Wilcox

pp. 157-158

Degrees of Democracy: Politics, Public Opinion, and Policy, Christopher Wlezien and N. Soroka
Reviewed by Gerald Wright

pp. 159-160

Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State, and the Case for Their Divorce, Tamara Metz
Reviewed by Linda McClain

pp. 160-161

Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action, Macartan Humphreys, Daniel N. Posner, James Habyarimana and Jeremy M. Weinstein
Reviewed by Thad Dunning

pp. 161-163

Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe, Monika Nalepa
Reviewed by Sonia Cardenas

pp. 163-165

The Sources of Democratic Responsiveness in Mexico, Matthew R. Cleary
Reviewed by Stephen D. Morris

pp. 165-166

Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance, Carmen Sirianni
Reviewed by Gerald Benjamin

pp. 166-168

Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior, Claire Metelits
Reviewed by Paul R. Pillar

pp. 168-169

Cleavage Politics and the Populist Right: The New Cultural Conflict in Western Europe, Simon Bornschier
Reviewed by David Art

pp. 169-171

Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women's Lives Through War and Peace in Sierra Leone, Chris Coulter
Reviewed by Laura Sjoberg

pp. 171-172

Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America, Eduardo Silva
Reviewed by Kurt Weyland

pp. 172-174

Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil, Leonardo Avritzer
Reviewed by Kathleen Bruhn

pp. 174-175

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