Danny Hayes: JOP and Perspectives

Two new articles by Danny Hayes:

Hayes, Danny, and Jennifer L. Lawless. 2015. “As Local News Goes, So Goes Citizen Engagement: Media, Knowledge, and Participation in U.S. House Elections.” Journal of Politics 77(2): 447-462.

Hayes, Danny, and Jennifer L. Lawless. 2015. “A Non-Gendered Lens? Media, Voters, and Female Candidates in Contemporary Congressional Elections.” Perspectives on Politics 13(1): 95-118.

Manuel Balan: Surviving Corruption in Brazil

Manuel Balan’s article, “Surviving Corruption in Brazil: Lula’s and Dilma’s Success Despite Corruption Allegations, and Its Consequences,” was published in the Journal of Politics in Latin America.

Abstract: This article analyzes the continued popular support for Lula and Dilma in the face of multiple corruption allegations throughout their respective presidencies. What explains their ability to survive corruption? And what are the implications of this – at first sight – lack of electoral punishment for Brazilian democracy? In searching for answers to these questions, this article looks at four mechanisms that help explain the continued popularity of politicians amid allegations of corruption: the use of clientelism as payoffs, informational failures, the relevance of other issues, and rouba mas faz. By analyzing Lula’s and Dilma’s terms in office and their inopportune links to corruption, this article argues that the shifting strategies used to deal with corruption allegations effectively shifted the reputational costs of corruption away from individual political leaders and toward the Workers’ Party and the political system as a whole. This finding emphasizes the mid- to long-term consequences of corruption scandals on political parties and democratic institutions, while also shedding light on the paradoxical relationship between corruption as a voting valence issue and continuing electoral support for politicians allegedly involved in corruption.

Don Inbody: Publication and Symposium

Don Inbody published an article, “Voting by Overseas Citizens and Military Personnel,” in the Election Law Journal (Volume 14, Number 1). The article was a result of his testimony before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in June 2013.

Don sponsored a symposium at Texas State University entitled “Challenges to Democracy.” Panelists included fellow Longhorns Terri Givens, Ayesha Ray, and Laura Seay.

Curt Nichols: Forthcoming Articles

“Reagan Reorders the Political Regime: A Historical-Institutional Approach to Analysis,” Presidential Studies Quarterly. (December 2015).

“Congressional Attacks on the Supreme Court: A Mechanism to Maintain, Build, and Consolidate,” with Dave Bridge, Law and Social Inquiry. (December 2015).

“Public Opinion and the Military: A Multivariate Exploration of Attitudes in Texas,” Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review. (November 2015).

“Executive Behavior and the Influence of Religious Factors: Evidence from Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses, 2000-2013,” Politics, Groups, and Identities. (October 2015).

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.