James Carville (and Stan Greenberg), It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! (Blue Rider Press, 2012).
Melissa Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale University Press, 2011).
Sally J. Kenney, Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter (Routledge, 2012).
Celeste Lay, A Midwestern Mosaic: Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America (Temple University Press, 2012).
Aaron Schneider, State Building and Tax Regimes in Central America (Cambridge, 2012).
Ray Taras, ed., Russia’s Identity in International Relations: Images, Perceptions, Misperceptions (Routledge, 2012).
Ray Taras, Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe (Edinburgh University, 2012).
This summer Dr. Eduardo Silva is in Ecuador and Bolivia researching a new book on the (re)incorporation of peasant, indigenous, labor, and urban poor people's movements into the political arena in the radical left governments of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. The free market-oriented governments that preceded them had largely excluded these social sectors from institutionalized politics. Dr. Silva's book will examine distinctive, emerging institutional forms by which mobilized poor and subaltern groups participate in routine politics and shape the policy process in these three cases. It will explain why the pattern of reincorporation differs country-to-country and tease out the consequences of the mode of incorporation. In the fall term at Tulane, Professor Silva will have the chance to present this summer’s research findings at a conference co-sponsored by the Center for Inter-American Affairs and Policy Research and the Department of Political Science, scheduled for October 25-27.
Patrick Egan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, spent a week in Ireland in July 2012 engaging in research on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Supported by a seed grant from the Center for Public Policy Research at Tulane’s Murphy Institute, Professor Egan conducted interviews with representatives of state agencies charged with attracting investment and gathered data on the activities of multinational firms in Ireland. Professor Egan’s research concentrates on the ways in which state institutions and policies impact the behavior of multinational firms, and the ways in which states can realize developmental outcomes through foreign investment.
The research in Ireland contributes to a book project on the determinants of innovation-intensive foreign investment in emerging economies. Ireland has had great success in attracting high-tech companies such as Intel and Google, but the impacts of foreign investment on Ireland’s economy, and the economies of other countries, are often complicated. Moreover, there is much debate about different types of investment promotion strategies, such as corporate tax rates, and their effectiveness in attracting high-quality FDI. These and other questions are increasingly important for developing countries as multinational firms rapidly expand their operations.
Visiting Assistant Professor Martín Mendoza-Botelho’s article “Social Capital and Institutional Trust” was accepted for publication in the prestigious Journal of Development Studies. Using the notion of social capital as background, this article measures the effects of institutional changes, such as decentralization, in civic participation and activism in countries with weak institutional settings. Although the article focuses on Bolivia’s emblematic process of decentralization, or Popular Participation, as it was known, the lessons learned apply to countries embarked on state reforms and their links with civil society.
Mary Clark examines health care policy in Louisiana in two recent journal articles:
· “Access to Care versus Access to Coverage: What Can We Learn from the Louisiana State Hospital Model?” World Medical and Health Policy (2010): 107-125.
· “Rebuilding the Past: Health Care Reform in Post-Katrina Louisiana,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law (2010): 743-69.
Associate Professor Chris Fettweis explores European grand strategy in “Free Riding or Restraint?” Comparative Strategy (2011): 316-332.
Brian Brox examines the costs and benefits of “early voting” procedures in place in many states, in “Reducing the Costs of Participation: Are States Getting a Return on Early Voting?” Political Research Quarterly (2010), with Joseph Giammo. In an article in American Review of Politics, Brox and Giammo shed new light on “late deciders”: “Late Deciders in U.S. Presidential Elections” (2010).
Gary Remer extends his studies of the Ciceronian tradition of political discourse to the realm of international law, in “World Legislation and Ciceronian ius gentium,” International Organizations Law Review (2011): 1-15.
Nancy Maveety analyzes the Obama administration’s federal court appointments in “A Transformative Politics of Judicial Selection?” in Steven E. Schier, ed., A Transformative Presidency? Barack Obama in the White House (2011).
Thomas Langston’s article “Ideology and Ideologues in the Modern Presidency” appears in Presidential Studies Quarterly (2012).
Patrick Egan asks whether nations that repress workers’ rights pay a penalty in lower foreign direct investment, in “Is Worker Repression Risky? Foreign Direct Investment, Labor Rights, and Assessments of Risk in Developing Countries,” Review of International Political Economy (2012).
Mark Vail continues his explorations of ongoing transformations in European political economy in two recent articles with Benjamin T. Bowyer:
· “Poverty and Partisanship: Social and Economics Sources of Support for the Left in Contemporary Germany,” Comparative European Politics (forthcoming)
· “Economic Insecurity, the Social Market Economy, and Support for the German Left,” West European Politics (2011).
Eduardo Silva, the Lydian Professor of Political Economy, published "Exchange Rising? Karl Polanyi and Contentious Politics in Latin America," Latin American Politics and Society (2012), as well as several book chapters, including:
· "Environment and Development," in Peter Kingstone and Deborah J.Yashar, eds., Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics. (Routledge, 2012).
· "Basta Ya! Chilean Students Say Enough," co-authored with Nora Lustig (Tulane University) and Alejandra Mizala (University of Chile), in Janet Byrne, ed. The Occupy Handbook. (Back Bay Books, 2012).
· "Chile," in Harry Vanden and Gary Prevost, eds., Politics in Latin America: The Power Game. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 461-481, 4th edition.
With support from the Lydian Chair endowment, the Department of Political Science brought to campus recently three eminent scholars of comparative politics:
· Ruth Berins Collier, The Heller Professor of Political Science at The University of California, Berkeley. March 4, 2011.
· Kenneth Roberts, Professor of Government and the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University. March 8, 2012.
· Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, February 9, 2012.
In association with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPRE), directed by Ludovico Feoli, Ph.D. Political Science, Tulane University, the Department also sponsored an international Conference and Workshop in April 2011 on “Bridging the Divide: Transnational Activism and Domestic Movements."
The Department of Political Science welcomes Martin Dimitrov as an Associate Professor. Professor Dimitrov earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2004, and has held prior appointments at Dartmouth College, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Notre Dame University. This past spring, he was an Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
The Department of Political Science welcomes full Professor Mark Gasiorowski.
Assistant Professor Christopher Fettweis published his book in December: Dangerous Times?The International Politics of Great Power Peace
Assistant Professor J. Celeste Lay was invited to participate in a March Conference: New Research on Gender in Political Psychology
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