Jeffrey Isaac was one of my favorite instructors during my undergraduate days at Indiana University long ago. He does an excellent job editing the APSA journal Perspectives on Politics. Along with interesting articles, Perspectives contains book reviews. Lots of them. Every quarter my RSS feed is filled with links to reviews of a large number of books that I have to read. I suppose that I should not blame the messenger; indeed, it is a good thing that there are publishers interested in publishing books by political scientists in areas related to my research. I will be contributing to this list soon enough, after all. Here are some from the most recent issue:
- Alliance Formation in Civil Wars. By Christia, Fotini.
- Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid. By Clapp, Jennifer.
- Collective Killings in Rural China during the Cultural Revolution. By Su Yang.
- Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945–1958. By Hopf, Ted.
- Internal Affairs: How the Structure of NGOs Transforms Human Rights. By Wong, Wendy H.
- Semi-Presidentialism: Subtypes and Democratic Performance. By Elgie, Robert.
- The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue Is Not Enough. Edited by Gourevitch, Peter, Lake, David, and Stein, Janice Gross.
- Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China. By Chen Xi.
- Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty. By Hung Ho-Fung.
- Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City. By Goldstein, Daniel M..
- Living in the Crossfire: Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro. By Moreira, Alves Maria Helena and Evanson, Philip.
- Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals of the New Frontier. By Rosas, Gilberto.
- Paths Toward the Modern Fiscal State: England, Japan, and China. By He Wenkai.
- Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives. By Grant, Ruth W..
- Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia. By Smith, Lahra.
- The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance. By Bertelli, Anthony M..
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