David Williams: The General Will

Earlier this year, Cambridge released David Williams’ edited book, The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept.

The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept

Cambridge description:

Although it originated in theological debates, the general will ultimately became one of the most celebrated and denigrated concepts emerging from early modern political thought. Jean-Jacques Rousseau made it the central element of his political theory, and it took on a life of its own during the French Revolution, before being subjected to generations of embrace or opprobrium. James Farr and David Lay Williams have collected for the first time a set of essays that track the evolving history of the general will from its origins to recent times. The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept discusses the general will’s theological, political, formal, and substantive dimensions with a careful eye toward the concept’s virtues and limitations as understood by its expositors and critics, among them Arnauld, Pascal, Malebranche, Leibniz, Locke, Spinoza, Montesquieu, Kant, Constant, Tocqueville, Adam Smith, and John Rawls.

Hunter and Sugiyama: Transforming Subjects into Citizens

Wendy Hunter and Natasha Borges Sugiyama have a new article in the current issue of Perspectives on Politics.

Title: “Transforming Subjects into Citizens: Insights from Brazil’s Bolsa Familia”

Lula Bolsa Speech

Lula speaks to Bolsa Familia recipients. Photo by Agencia Brasil.

Abstract: Welfare programs distribute benefits to citizens. Perhaps even more importantly, by conveying powerful messages about how the state views poor people, welfare programs shape people’s views about themselves as subjects or citizens. Theoretical debates on how public policies can enhance democratic citizenship inspire our study of Brazil’s Bolsa Família (Family Grant). Has this conditional cash transfer program, which forms a major point of contact between the state and millions of poor Brazilians, elevated feelings of social inclusion and agency? A prominent perspective in the welfare-state literature would not expect a positive outcome given the strict means testing and behavioral requirements entailed. Yet our focus group research with Bolsa Família recipients suggests that the program does foster a sense of belonging and efficacy. Policy design and government discourse matter. This innovative welfare program yields rich insights on alternative paths to citizenship development for middle- and low-income countries in the third wave of democracy.

Curt Nichols: Recent Publications

Curt NIchols’ recent publications include:

“Modern Reconstructive Presidential Leadership: Reordering Institutions in a Constrained Environment,” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Politics in Contemporary Society. 2014 (2).

“Court-Curbing via Attempt to Amend the Constitution: An Update of Congressional Attacks on the Supreme Court from 1955–1984,” with David Bridge and Adam Carrington, Justice System Journal.  2014 (4) — online since May.  (This little paper is currently the second most viewed article since JSJ started tracking online views.)

Tulis and Mellow on the Anti-Federal Appropriation

Jeffrey Tulis and Nicole Mellow recently published “The Anti-Federal Appropriation” in American Political Thought.

Abstract: The Anti-Federalists lost the battle to defeat the Constitution but won back through interpretation what they lost in constitutional construction. To counter Anti-Federalists’ accurate depictions of the proposed constitution as one that would radically alter the existing regime, The Federalist adopted a rhetorical structure that facilitated an opposing political tradition layered over the constitutive logic of the Constitution. Our analysis of the developmental logic embedded in founding political thought, the rhetoric used to defend that political logic, and the subsequent appropriation of Federalist rhetoric by the losers of this debate illustrates the mutual dependence of American political development and political thought.

Paul DeHart Edited Volume and Other Publications

Paul DeHart has a new edited volume (with Carson Holloway) published by Northern Illinois University Press: Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith. DeHart also wrote one of the chapters, “Political Philosophy after the Fall of Classical, Epistemic Foundationalism.”

DeHart’s “Leviathan Leashed: The Incoherence of Absolute Sovereign Power,” recently appeared as the lead article in Critical Review (25.1, 2013: 1-37). He was also invited to write an essay on “Leviathan” for The New Catholic Encyclopedia’s Ethics and Philosophy supplement (The New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. 4 volumes. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 888-890.)

Neal Allen Receives Congressional Research Grant

Neal Allen was recently awarded a Congressional Research Grant from the Everett Dirksen Center for the Study of Congressional Leadership, as well as a Research Grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

Allen’s recent publications include:

“Living, Dead and Undead: Nullification Past and Present,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, Fall 2012, with James H. Read.

“Scandal and the Politics of Race: From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Barack Obama and Beyond,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.

“Paralleling History: Scandal and the Lessons of the 2012 Election,” in Scandal!: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals, 2013, Bloomsbury Press.

Recent Publications by James Lutz

James Lutz’s recent publications include:

Brenda J. Lutz and James M. Lutz, “Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Missing Data,” Insight on Africa, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013), pp. 169-183.

James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Terrorism by Jewish Extremists in the United States,” in George Michael (ed.), Extremism in America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), pp. 168-87.

James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Islamic Extremism in the United States,” in George Michael (ed.), Extremism in America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), pp. 147-67.

Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider and James M. Lutz, “Patriot Act,” in Heidi Nasheri (ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Williams Appointed to PRQ Editorial Board

David Williams has been appointed to the editorial board at Political Research Quarterly.

Williams has been granted research leave from DePaul University next year to write a monograph on Spinoza, tentatively entitled, Spinoza’s Republic of Fear, Love, and Reason. Also, he has signed a contract to co-edit, with Matthew W. Maguire (DePaul University), a new edition of Rousseau’s Social Contract and Discourse on the Origins of Inequality for Broadview Press, in the same series for which A. P. Martinich edited Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan.

Manochehr Dorraj Receives Grant to Internationalize TCU

Manochehr Dorraj was a part of the faculty-staff team that won a $2.9 million Quality Enhancement Award from the TCU administration to comprehensively internationalize the university.

In other news, Dorraj was a visiting research fellow at The Center for Regional and International Studies at Georgetown University Campus in Doha, Qatar, and was an invited speaker at the University of London, St. Andrews University in Scotland, Aberdeen University in Scotland, Dundee University in Scotland, and the Emirate Center for Strategic Studies and Research in the United Arab Emirates.

Dorraj’s recent publications include:

“The Dragon Nests: China’s Energy Engagement of the Middle East” China Report, Volume 49, Number 43, (June, 2013): 43-67.

“Populism on the Wall of Poverty” (In Persian), Andishieh Poya (Dynamic Thoughts): A journal of Politics and Culture. Tehran, Iran.(Spring, 2013):.51-54.

“Iran’s Northern Exposure: Foreign Policy Challenges in Eurasia” Georgetown University’s Occasional Papers, Number 13. (Fall, 2013): 1-27.

“Iran’s Expanding Relations With China and their Strategic Dimensions” Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Occasional Papers, Number 112.(Fall, 2013): 1-52. (With Simultaneous publication of Arabic Translation).

“Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Shifting Strategic Landscape” Middle East Policy, Vol. XX. No. 4. (Winter, 2013):133-147.

“Iran-China Relations and the Changing Political Map” In Thomas Juneau and Sam Razavi editors, Iran’s Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World (London & New York: Routledge, 2013): 179-195.

New Publications from Katherine Bersch and Alumnus Greg Michener

Katherine Bersch has two new publications. The first, with Sandra Botero, “Measuring Governance: Implications of Conceptual Choices,” appears in the European Journal of Development Research (26(1): 124–41). The second is with alumnus Greg Michener: “Identifying Transparency,” was published in Information Polity [18(3): 233–4].

Aaron Herold Article Accepted for Publication

Aaron Herold’s article, “Spinoza’s Liberal Republicanism and the Challenge of Revealed Religion,” has been accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly.

Abstract: Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise is a foundational liberal work whose republican teaching also anticipates today’s communitarian critiques. Those critiques re-open the Treatise’s guiding question of whether politics must be grounded in a religious teaching, and they compel us to reconsider Spinoza’s claim that civic dedication can be rooted in an attachment to intellectual freedom. I assess Spinoza’s liberal republicanism by examining how it emerges from a critique of the Bible. I conclude that Spinoza’s attempt to reconcile individual liberty with civic dedication clarifies liberalism’s moral power and ultimate vulnerabilities—vulnerabilities which help explain why revealed religion has re-emerged to challenge it.

CP Article by Hunter and Borges Sugiyama

Wendy Hunter and Natasha Borges Sugiyama have published an article in the October issue of Comparative Politics, “Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program.”

Abstract: A clear development goal is to provide the poor with the benefits essential to human dignity without rendering them vulnerable to patronage politics. This is difficult to accomplish, especially in large federal countries where public policy requires cooperation between national and local authorities. Brazil’s Bolsa Família (Family Grant) confronts such a challenge. Have federal authorities managed to administer this complex and large-scale anti-poverty program while avoiding local “politics as usual?” The findings, based on survey data and focus group evidence from Northeast Brazil, a regional bastion of clientelism, suggest that municipal politicians do not use the Bolsa Familia for vote buying. The success of the Bolsa Familia in remaining insulated from clientelistic networks yields lessons that go well beyond Brazil.

David Williams: New Essay and Books

David Williams’ essay, “Plato’s Noble Lie: from Kallipolis to Magnesia,” has been published in the most recent History of Political Thought.

Williams’ book, Rousseau’s ‘Social Contract': An Introduction, will be released by Cambridge University Press on October 22. His co-edited book with James Farr, The General Will: the Evolution of a Concept, has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press, with publication expected in 2014.

Williams co-chaired the program committee for last year’s meeting of the Association for Political Theory and will be presenting a paper, “Spinoza’s Republic of Love,” at the association’s annual meeting.

Natasha Borges Sugiyama: Tenure, Recent Book, Forthcoming Article

Natasha Borges Sugiyama has been promoted with tenure to associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sugiyama’s book,  Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil, was released in December 2012.

And her article, with Wendy Hunter, “Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program,” is forthcoming in Comparative Politics.


Oya Dursun-Ozkanca: Tenure, News, and Publications

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca has been promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure at Elizabethtown College.

Dursun-Ozkanca spent time this summer in London as a Visiting Fellow at the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe at London School of Economics, conducting research on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. She also visited Sarajevo and Belgrade to conduct interviews on the same topic.

Recent Publications:

Dursun-Ozkanca, O., ed. Forthcoming in October 2013. The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation. Routledge.

Wolff, S. and Dursun-Ozkanca, O., eds. 2013. External Interventions in Civil Wars: Assessing the Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations. Routledge.

Dursun-Ozkanca, O. Forthcoming.  “French Public Opinion on the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union and the Public-Elite Relations”, French Politics.

Lawrence Mayer’s Recent Publications

Lawrence Mayer’s latest book just appeared: The Changing Basis of Political Conflict in Advanced Western Democracies: The Politics of Identity in The United States, The Netherlands, and Belgium (with Alan Arwine of the University of Kansas. Palgrave Macmillan.)

Mayer’s article was recently accepted for publication in Southwest Social Science Quarterly: “Tolerance in Nations Under Siege in the EU” (also with Alan Arwine).

James Lutz: Recent Publications

James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “The Role of Foreign Influences in Early Terrorism: Examples and Implications for Understanding Modern Terrorism,” Perspectives on Terrorism Vol. 7, No. 2 (2013), pp. 5-22.

James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, “Urban Terrorism,” in Jeffrey Ian Ross (ed.) Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America (Los Angeles: Sage, 2013), pp. 416-19.

Brenda J. Lutz and James M. Lutz, “Indonesian Terror against East Timor Separatists and the International Response,” in Gillian Duncan, Orla Lynch, G. Ramsay, and A. Watson (eds.), State Terror and Human Rights: International Responses since the End of the Cold War (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 102-13.

James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, Global Terrorism, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2013)

Michael McLendon: New Publications

McLendon, Michael Locke.“Rousseau and the Minimal Self:  A Solution to the Problem of Amour-Propre,” European Journal of Political Theory, forthcoming.  [Available online since 7.04.2013 at http://ept.sagepub.com/content/early/recent.]

McLendon, Michael Locke. “The Politics of Sour Grapes:  Sartre, Elster, and Tocqueville on Frustration, Failure, and Self-Deception,” Review of Politics, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Spring 2013): 247-70.

Publications by Recent Alumni, Published as Graduate Students

Blake, William. Forthcoming. “God Save This Honorable Court: Religion as a Source of Judicial Policy Preferences.” Political Research Quarterly.

Blake, William. 2012. “Umpires as Legal Realists.” PS: Political Science and Politics 45(2): 271-276..

Blake, William. Forthcoming. “Pyrrhic Victories: How the Secularization Doctrine Undermines the Sanctity of Religion.” Journal of Church and State.

Blake, William and Hans J. Hacker. 2010. “The Brooding Spirit of the Law: Supreme Court Justices Reading Dissents from the Bench.” Justice System Journal 31(1): 1-25.

Buehler, Matthew. Forthcoming. “The Threat to ‘Un-Moderate': Moroccan Islamists and the Arab Spring.” Journal of Middle East Law and Governance.

Buehler, Matthew. Forthcoming. “Safety-Valve Elections and the Arab Spring: the Weakening (and Resurgence) of Morocco’s Islamist Opposition Party.” Terrorism and Political Violence.

Goodnow, Regina and Robert G. Moser. Forthcoming. “Layers of Ethnicity: The Effects of Ethnic Federalism, Majority-Minority Districts, and Minority Concentration on the Electoral Success of Ethnic Minorities in Russia.” Comparative Political Studies.

Hart, Austin. 2010. “Death of the Partisan? Globalization and Taxation in South America, 1990-2006.” Comparative Political Studies 43(3): 304-328.

McCormick, William. Forthcoming. “Jacques Maritain on Political Theology.” European Journal of Political Theory.

Myers, Adam S. Forthcoming. “Secular Geographical Polarization in the American South: The Case of Texas, 1996-2010.” Electoral Studies.

Myers, Adam S. and Curt Nichols. 2010. “Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership: Presidential Responses to Enervated Political Regimes.” American Politics Research 38(5): 806-841.