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The 2022 Elections: A Test of Democracy’s Resilience and the Referendum Theory of Midterms
Gary C. Jacobson discusses the 2022 midterm elections. He examines why Democrats lost far fewer House seats than standard referendum models predicted given high inflation and Joe Biden’s low approval ratings. He argues that Donald Trump’s meddling and the Court’s Dobbs decision reframed the vote choice in ways that energized Democrats, hardened partisan attitudes, and minimized defections even among those with negative opinions of Biden’s performance.

pp. 1-22

Polarized Politics: Protest Against COVID-19 Containment Policies in the USA
KATHARINA   GABRIELA   PFAFF,   THOMAS   PLÜMPER   AND   Eric Neumayer analyze protests against COVID-19 containment policies in U.S. states. They show that protest was strongly influenced by partisan control over state governorship and legislatures. The authors argue that protest events occurred in states fully controlled by Democrats even when they adopted similarly stringent containment policies as Republican-controlled states and that the same increase in stringency triggered more protest in blue than in red states.

pp. 23-46

Explaining Types of Military Defections during Major Anti-authoritarian Protests
Kara Kingma Neu examines military defections during major anti-authoritarian protests and distinguishes between those that involve a united military organization and those that are fragmented. She explains these types of defections by looking at how a dictator’s use of coup-proofing strategies marginalizes all or only some middle- and high-ranking officers.

pp. 47-66

Quantum Political Science: Learning About Politics from Egypt
Lisa Anderson reviews Mona EL-Ghobashy’s Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation. Anderson draws on her experience as a political scientist and president of the American University in Cairo during the Arab Spring to assess El-Ghobashy’s subtle and provocative characterization of the events of the period, drawing broader conclusions about the practice of political science under conditions of uncertainty.

pp. 67-76

Can Social Movements Save American Democracy? A Review Article
ROBERT LIEBERMAN reviews Sidney Tarrow’s Movements and Parties. He argues that recent scholarship on the fragility of American democracy has generally focused on political elites rather than the mass public and that Tarrow’s book offers an essential corrective to this view. Lieberman notes that Tarrow shows how social movements have been central to historical patterns of democratization and democratic backsliding in American history and how movements have systematically interacted with political parties in ways that have profoundly shaped the American democratic experiment.

pp. 77-86

Why We Don’t Fight: A Review Article
Lionel Beehner reviews Christopher Blattman’s Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace. He applauds the author for breaking down the various schools of thought in the international relations discipline explaining war onset but argues the author’s analysis neglects important qualitative factors, as well as recent technological innovations, to explain “why we fight.”

pp. 87-94

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order, Kathryn E. Stoner
Reviewed by David Szakonyi

pp. 95-96

States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion, Deborah J. Schildkraut, Tomas R. Jimenez, Yuen J. Huo and John F. Dovidio
Reviewed by Anthony R. DiMaggio

pp. 96-97

Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons, Herbert Lin
Reviewed by James J. Wirtz

pp. 98-99

Frenemies: When Ideological Enemies Ally, Mark L. Haas
Reviewed by Joshua Alley

pp. 99-100

Representing the Disadvantaged: Group Interests and Legislator Reputation in US Congress, Katrina F. McNally
Reviewed by Hong Min Park

pp. 101-102

The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State, Omar Shahabudin McDoom
Reviewed by Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o

pp. 102-103

Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development, Alexandra Cosima Budabin and Lisa Ann Richey
Reviewed by Kevin C. Dunn

pp. 104-105

The Opioid Epidemic in the United States: Missed Opportunities and Policy Failures, Mark E. Rushefsky and Kant B. Patel
Reviewed by Jack D. Collens

pp. 105-106

The Paradox of Power: Statebuilding in America, 1754-1920, Ballard C. Campbell
Reviewed by John A. Dearborn

pp. 107-108

Bargaining with the Machine: Technology, Surveillance, and the Social Contract, Robert M. Pallitto
Reviewed by Stav Zeitouni

pp. 108-109

Trumpism: Race, Class, Populism, and Public Policy, Carter A. Wilson
Reviewed by Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha

pp. 110-111

International Relations in the Middle East: Hegemonic Strategies and Regional Order, Ewan Stein
Reviewed by CURTIS R. RYAN

pp. 111-112

Shock to the System: Coups, Elections, and War on the Road to Democratization, Michael K. Miller
Reviewed by Federica Carugati

pp. 113-114

The Uses and Misuses of Politics: Karl Rove and the Bush Presidency, William G. Mayer
Reviewed by Bert A. Rockman

pp. 114-115

The Struggle for Inclusion: Muslim Minorities and the Democratic Ethos, Paul M. Sniderman and Elisabeth Ivarsflaten
Reviewed by Rahsaan Maxwell

pp. 116-117

Colonial Institutions and Civil War: Indirect Rule and Maoist Insurgency in India, Shivaji Mukherjee
Reviewed by Amira Jadoon

pp. 117-118

Democracy Declined: The Failed Politics of Consumer Financial Protection, Mallory E. Sorelle
Reviewed by Sari Krieger Rivera

pp. 119-120

Outside the Bubble: Social Media and Political Participation in Western Democracies, Cristian Vaccari and Augusto Valeriani
Reviewed by Jennifer Forestal

pp. 120-121

A Decent Meal: Building Empathy in a Divided America, Michael Carolan
Reviewed by Clare Brock

pp. 122-123

Unauthorized Love: Mixed-Citizenship Couples Negotiating Intimacy, Immigration, and the State, Jane Lilly López
Reviewed by Angie M. Bautista-Chavez

pp. 123-125

Defending Iran: From Revolutionary Guards to Ballistic Missiles, Gawdat Bahgat and Anoushiravan Ehteshami
Reviewed by Thomas Juneau

pp. 125-126

The Affordable Care Act: At the Nexus of Politics and Policy, James M. Brasfield
Reviewed by Philip Rocco

pp. 126-128

Women’s Paths to Power: Female Presidents and Prime Ministers, 1960–2020, Lisa Hager and Evren Wiltse
Reviewed by Claire McKinney

pp. 128-129

Democracies and International Law, Tom Ginsburg
Reviewed by Heidi Nichols Haddad

pp. 129-131

The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in Political Participation, Allison P. Anoll
Reviewed by Amber Wichowsky

pp. 131-132

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