Books & Chapters

In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism

9 September 2013

In the Interest of Others develops a new theory of organisational leadership and governance to explain why some organisations expand their scope of action in ways that do not benefit their members directly. John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi document eighty years of such activism by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the United States and the Waterside Workers Federation in Australia. They systematically compare the ILWU and WWF to the Teamsters and the International Longshoremen's Association, two American transport industry labour unions that actively discouraged the pursuit of political causes unrelated to their own economic interests. Read more

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Freedom of Speech and Society: A Social Approach to Freedom of Expression

30 January 2013

Traditionally, freedom of speech has been justified as necessary for democratic government and as an essential individual right. This study by Dr Harry Melkonian departs from traditional legal and philosophical theories and breaks new ground by demonstrating that well-established and contemporary social theory explains the essential role of speech in highly differentiated modern societies. Link to publishers

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The Reasons for Compliance with Law

16 November 2012

Margaret Levi, Tom R. Tyler and Audrey Sacks contribute the chapter "The Reasons for Compliance with Law" to the book Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights edited by Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, and Andrew K. Woods and published by Oxford University Press. Link to Oxford University Press

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After Eden: The Transformation of the Landscape of Political Power in the United States

24 February 2012

by Margaret Levi

A chapter in Anxieties of Democracy, edited by Ira Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee (Oxford University Press, 2012). This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. Link to book details

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Chinese–US economic relations after the Global Financial Crisis

14 July 2011

by Geoffrey Garrett

Garrett contributes to Rising China: Global Challenges and Opportunities (edited by Jane Golley and Ligang Song and published by ANU Press) with this chapter on the large and complex challenges facing Sino–American relations post-GFC. Read chapter

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Defamation, Libel Tourism and the SPEECH Act of 2010

21 January 2011

US Studies Centre senior lecturer on the US Constitution Harry Melkonian has written the book Defamation, Libel Tourism and the SPEECH Act of 2010: The First Amendment Colliding with the Common Law published by Cambria Press, New York. Melkonian considers how American media interests have expressed profound dismay over the phenomenon of libel tourism whereby American authors and media companies have been successfully sued for defamation in foreign courts where there is little if any connection between the venue and the parties. Media interests view these proceedings as forum shopping of the worst sort because essential American First Amendment rights are being compromised. In response to this concern, federal legislation commonly known as the SPEECH Act (Securing the Protection of Our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act) became law in August 2010. Read More

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Latino Representation in State Houses and Congress

28 December 2010

by Jason Casellas

This book argues that Latino representation in U.S. legislative institutions is shaped not only by demographics but by legislative institutional design, as well as elite-driven methods, features of the electoral system, and the increasing mainstreaming of Latinos in American society. The election of Latino legislators in the United States is thus complex and varied. This book provides evidence on how successful Latinos have been in winning state legislative and congressional districts in which they have no natural advantage. In particular, this book demonstrates that Latino candidates benefit from higher percentages of Latino citizens in the state, more liberal citizenries, and citizen legislatures. Jason Casellas argues that the legislatures most conducive to the election of Latino candidates are Florida, New Mexico, and California, whereas the least conducive are the U.S. House and New York. Read More

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The Encyclopedia of Political Science

19 October 2010

Editor in Chief: George Thomas Kurian
Editors: James E. Alt, Simone Chambers, Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi and Paula D. McClain

Political science needs a resource that serves as a core reference to the central ideas, concepts, and frameworks underlying the study of politics and that highlights the intersections of politics with other disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Political Science is designed to fill that need. It is the encyclopedia for political science in the twenty-first century. Read More

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Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865

20 July 2010

by Mark Geiger

This highly original work published by Yale University Press explores a previously unknown financial conspiracy at the start of the American Civil War. The book explains the reasons for the puzzling intensity of Missouri’s guerrilla conflict, and for the state’s anomalous experience in Reconstruction. In the broader history of the war, the book reveals for the first time the nature of military mobilization in the antebellum United States. More information

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Rebalancing the Global Economy: A primer for policymaking

28 June 2010

This e-book released by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) right before the Toronto G-20 summit features a piece about China-US imbalances and Europe's fiscal crisis by US Studies Centre chief executive Professor Geoffrey Garrett. In it (chapter 22), Professor Garrett says that as the global crisis subsides, focus is shifting to the global imbalances. He argues that China-US economic imbalances, and the challenge of managing them down politically as well as economically, are likely to become even more critical. Read chapter

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