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Books by Alumni: Political science and law

image: Class Notes headlineRobert U. Ayres, AB'52, SB'54, Turning Point: An End to the Growth Paradigm (Earthscan). Ayres argues that institutions in today's global economy are incapable of delivering social welfare to the majority, using evidence that recent economic growth has benefited only a small proportion of the world's population, while social services--health, education, and security--are under enormous stress.

Judith A. Baer, AM'71, PhD'74, Our Lives Before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence (Princeton University Press). Baer critiques contemporary feminist legal scholarship, gives a feminist analysis of several legal issues, and offers a feminist interpretation of key elements of conventional political theory.

Eve Darian--Smith, PhD'95, Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe (University of California Press). Darian--Smith explores the symbolism of the tunnel that connected Great Britain to the European mainland in 1994, addressing questions of shifting geography, nationalism, post--colonialism, and legal autonomy.

Thomas P. Gallanis, JD'90; Kimberley Dayton; and Molly Wood, Elder Law: Readings, Cases, and Materials (Anderson Publishing). This text provides a comprehensive introduction to the legal issues facing individuals and American society as the population ages.

Varun Gauri, AB'88, School Choice in Chile: Two Decades of Educational Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press). Gauri argues that the decentralization and privatization of Chilean schools under the Pinochet regime of the early 1980s was not successful, despite the provision of vouchers for parental choice of schools and the administration of schools by local municipalities.

Efraim Inbar, AM'76, PhD'81, Rabin and Israel's National Security (Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press). In this study of Yitzhak Rabin's strategic policy, and contributions to Israel's national security, Inbar examines the security challenges Israel has faced over four decades. Using unpublished materials and interviews, including one with Rabin, the book focuses on Israel's relationship with the U.S. and its nuclear status in the Middle East.

Joseph L. Sax, JD'59, Playing Darts With a Rembrandt: Public and Private Rights in Cultural Treasures (University of Michigan Press). Sax examines the rights of private owners of cultural treasures, discussing why private property--despite great public significance--can be hidden away for centuries or destroyed. He argues that these rights are wrong.

Edwin L. Wade, AM'56, Constitution 2000: A Federalist Proposal for the New Century (Let's Talk Sense Publishing Company). This book is a revised and expanded edition, calling for a second Constitutional Convention to adopt and enact needed reforms.

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