Category Archives: Government

Reconsidering McDonald v. Chicago: How the 14th Amendment Obliges States to Protect the Fundamental Right to Bear Arms

For decades, debate has raged over whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. In its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the … Continue reading

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State and Local Fiscal Policy: Thinking Outside the Box? (Studies in Fiscal Federalism and State-Local Finance)

The last few decades have presented a new set of challenges and opportunities for public finances. Demographic trends have put substantial pressure on non-discretionary public expenditures such as health care, while legal challenges have put pressure on education financing. The … Continue reading

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The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Many scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works. … Continue reading

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Liberalism and the Social Problem

The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Working class/ Great Britain; Taxation/ Great Britain; … Continue reading

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The Iraq Wars and America’s Military Revolution

Many saw the United States’ decisive victory in Desert Storm (1991) as not only vindication of American defense policy since Vietnam but also confirmation of a revolution in military affairs (RMA). Just as information-age technologies were revolutionizing civilian life, the … Continue reading

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Law’s Cosmos: Juridical Discourse in Athenian Forensic Oratory

Recent literary-critical work in legal studies reads law as a genre of literature, noting that Western law originated as a branch of rhetoric in classical Greece and lamenting the fact that the law has lost its connection to poetic language, … Continue reading

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A People’s History of the United States (P.S.)

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America’s story from the bottom up—from the point of view of, and in the words … Continue reading

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Partisan Appointees and Public Servants: An International Analysis of the Role of the Political Adviser

This comparative collection of original contributions examines the role of political staff in executive government and the consequences for policy-making and governance. The leading contributors reveal that good governance is about governments getting the advice that they need to hear … Continue reading

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Organizing Democracy: The Construction of Agency in Practice

`Governance has emerged a central concept in the fields of both political theory and public administration. But it has not done so without controversy and this book examines one of the primary concerns associated with the theory and practice of … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Hindu Law

Law is too often perceived solely as state-based rules and institutions that provide a rational alternative to religious rites and ancestral customs. The Spirit of Hindu Law uses the Hindu legal tradition as a heuristic tool to question this view … Continue reading

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