Three Rockefeller College professors and a School of Criminal Justice Ph.D. candidate have produced definitive books about important American public policy issues.
Making Campaign Finance Reform Work
Day After Reform: Sobering Campaign
Periodically, the nation debates the pros and
cons of campaign finance reform. For this comprehensive work, Albany political
science professor Michael J. Malbin and Thomas L. Gais, who directs the
Federalism Research Group at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, surveyed
campaign finance laws in all 50 states. The authors suggest strategies
to facilitate that reform while restoring accountability and restraining
the direct financial relationship between office-holders and contributors.
The writers acknowledge that a fifth goal—“improving the content and character
of political campaigns”—is “too grand for campaign finance law to achieve.”
However, Malbin and Gais add, “all of these goals can be attained, or at
least approached, with a much simpler set of laws than the ones needed
to achieve regulated equality.”
The Death Penalty: Relevant or Relic?
America’s Experiment with Capital Punishment: Reflections
on the Past,
Present, and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction
James Acker, who teaches at the School of Criminal
Justice, Albany Ph.D. student Charles S. Lanier, and Robert M. Bohm, a
University of Central Florida professor in the Department of Criminal Justice
and Legal Studies, edited and contributed their own writings to America’s
Experiment with Capital Punishment. In Chapter 3, “Beyond Human Ability?”
Acker and Lanier trace a brief history of capital punishment in the United
States from colonial times to the present, noting that, over the past two
centuries, the death penalty has been applied for crimes ranging from counterfeiting
and burglary to rape and murder. They predict that “the public will come
to appreciate and accept that the remaining vestiges of capital punishment
are both unnecessary and ill-advised,” and that, in time, “the death penalty
will wither, die, and be removed from the American legal landscape.”
How Domestic Policy Shapes Foreign Interests – and Vice Versa
the Cold War Consensus: The Political Economy of National Security Policy,
In Building the Cold War Consensus, political science professor Benjamin Fordham examines the Truman-era relationships among the U.S. military budget, the national health care system and other social welfare programs, and the rise of McCarthyism. Unlike many political scientists, who explain the emerging national security policy of the time in terms of leaders’ reactions to international events, Fordham argues that conflicting interests in the American political economy shaped the politics of Cold War foreign policy. He also gives the reader valuable background for understanding the intricate political workings that have helped to form U.S. policy both at home and abroad in the decades since.
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