Political Science and Law
Merrill III and Bernard Grofman, SB'66, AM'68, PhD'72,
A Unified Theory of Voting: Directional and Proximity Spatial
Modes (Cambridge University Press). The authors develop a
model of voting that incorporates voter motivations and assesses
empirical predictions for voter choice and strategy in the U.S.,
Norway, and France. Questions addressed include: How do voters
use their own issue positions and those of the candidates to decide
how to vote? How do candidates choose policy positions in response
to the behavior of their voters?
Novak, AB'61, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish
Political Theory (Princeton University Press). Novak presents
a theory of rights founded on the covenant between God and the
Jewish people, arguing that all rights flow from God's promises.
For Novak, covenantal rights conceptualize the normative Jewish
tradition and enable insights from that tradition to become part
of current discussions in law, philosophy, and politics.
J. Reichl, AB'82, Reconstructing Times Square: Politics
and Culture in Urban Development (University Press of Kansas).
Documenting the recent transformation of Times Square into a national
symbol of urban renaissance, Reichl argues that the current emphasis
on cultural images in public discourse helped mobilize political
support for the construction of publicly subsidized office towers
in Times Square and across the country.