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Recent Books by Eagleton Faculty

The Eagleton Institute of Politics is proud to note publication of these books by members of its faculty and staff.

Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns
(Temple University Press, December 2014) - Kelly Dittmar, assistant professor, Rutgers University-Camden and scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

Navigating Gendered TerrainNavigating Gendered Terrain addresses how gender is used to shape the way campaigns are waged by influencing insider perceptions of and decisions about effective campaign messages, images, and tactics within party and political contexts. Through a survey of political consultants and interviews with candidates and campaign practitioners, Dittmar analyzes how professional perceptions of voters' gender stereotypes matter prior to Election Day and how different expectations for female and male candidates inform decisions about candidate presentation and campaign strategy.

Closing with a feminist interpretation of women as candidates, Dittmar explains that the unintended outcomes of political campaigns include their potential to reinforce or disrupt prevailing ideas about gender and candidacy.


More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures
(Oxford University Press, September 2013) - Susan J. Carroll, professor of political science and women's and gender studies, Rutgers University, and scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics; and Kelly Dittmar, assistant rofessor of political science, Rutgers University–Camden, and scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics

More Women Can RunDrawing upon original surveys conducted in 1981 and 2008 by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of women state legislators across all fifty states, and follow-up interviews after the 2008 survey, the authors find that gender differences in pathways to the legislatures, first evident in 1981, have been surprisingly persistent over time. They find that, while the ambition framework better explains men's decisions to run for office, a relationally embedded model of candidate emergence better captures women's decision-making, with women's decisions more often influenced by the encouragement and support of parties, organizations, and family members.

By rethinking the nature of women's representation, this study calls for a reorientation of academic research on women's election to office and provides insight into new strategies for political practitioners concerned about women's political equality.


Fundamentals of Democracy: Lesson Plans for High School Civics, Government and U.S. History Classes
(National Conference of State Legislatures, July 2009) - Alan Rosenthal, professor of public policy, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

Fundamentals of DemocracyThese lessons about the fundamentals of representative democracy are designed mainly for civics and American government courses taught at the high-school level. They can also be used in American history courses. The lessons relate to core themes that lie at the very center of American government and politics, and practically every lesson needs to be built on it. They are adapted to state standards for civics and government.

The project is sponsored by the Alliance for Representative Democracy, a partnership of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Center for Civic Education (CCE), and the Center on Congress at Indiana University (CCIU).


Engines of Democracy: Policy and Policymaking in State Legislatures
(College Publishing Group, October 2008) - Alan Rosenthal, professor of public policy, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

Engines of Democracy

Rosenthal brings together a lifetime of research and experience on state legislative politics into one eminently readable volume — a dynamic, inside view of the people involved, the politics that prevail, and the interest groups and lobbyists who advocate their causes. Building on earlier work with new data and recent interviews and observations, Rosenthal looks at the way representation works, Americans’ critical view of their legislatures, the role of legislative leaders, the dynamics of executive-legislative relationships, as well as norms and ethics. Both a complement and contrast to the policymaking process on Capitol Hill, Engines of Democracy proves that no one gives insight into state legislators and their work the way Alan Rosenthal can.


Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind: Risk, Radiation and Distrust of Government
(Rutgers University/Rivergate, 2007) – John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind

John Weingart was the official in New Jersey state government responsible for meeting a federal mandate to find an acceptable location for the low-level radioactive waste generated within the state. His book is the story of how one agency, instead of imposing a top-down solution, tried to design an approach that would confront public fears by seeking a community that would volunteer to host the needed disposal facility. It is also a larger saga of the challenges facing government in an era of heightened cynicism and distrust and the risks of not addressing an ever-widening chasm between government and the general public.


Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States
(University of Michigan Press, July 2006) - Kira Sanbonmatsu, associate professor of political science, Rutgers University and CAWP senior scholar.

Where Women RunWhy are certain states more likely to have female candidates and legislators? Would strengthening political parties alter the situation? These questions are considered in Where Women Run. Drawing on surveys and case studies of party leaders and legislators in six states, the author analyzes the links between parties and representation, exposing the mechanism by which parties’ informal recruitment practices shape who runs – or doesn’t run – for political office in the United States.


Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics Gender and Elections
(Cambridge University Press, 2006) - edited by CAWP senior scholar Susan J. Carroll and Richard L. Fox, associate professor of political science at Union College.

What can we learn from the 2004 elections about women in American politics – whether as candidates or voters? Find a variety of answers in this book, which sets the information in historical context and looks ahead to upcoming elections.


A New Engagement?: Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen
(Oxford University Press, 2006) - Cliff Zukin, professor of public policy at Rutgers University, Scott Keeter, Molly Andolina, Krista Jenkins, and Michael X. Delli Carpini.

A New Engagement?: Political Participation

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that today's youth is plagued by a severe case of political apathy. It discusses the changing nature of citizen engagement in American society.

Instead of participating less, young people may be participating differently. Using the results from an original set of surveys on civic engagement and many other surveys tracking participation over the past 50 years, the authors conclude that young people do not lag behind their elders in volunteering, community activism, and using the economic muscle of consumerism.


Negative Campaigning: An Analysis of U.S. Senate Elections
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) - Richard R. Lau, Professor of Political Science and director the Walt Whitman Center for the Study of Elections, Campaigns,and Democracy; Gerald M. Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus)

Negative Campaigning is a timely and important book written by two leading political scientists. Using sound evidence and much good sense, these scholars have truly advanced our understanding of attack politics in Senate elections. Political observers of all stripes should, after reading this book, be less worried about the pernicious effects of negativity on our political system. There is far too much negativity about negativity and this book provides a much-needed corrective to such views.
John G. Geer, Vanderbilt University


Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy
(Yale University, 2004) - Gerald Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus)

Pomper's inspiring book provokes us to think about how American democracy and
American political institutions foster the heroism of ordinary people.

Bruce Miroff, State University of New York, Albany


Heavy Lifting: The Job of the American Legislature
(CQ Press, 2004) - Alan Rosenthal, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Heavy Lifting is the best overview of state legislatures I have seen so far. Alan Rosenthal is a seasoned and astute observer, using colorful stories to present a balanced view of legislatures that ranges between cynical and worshipful. His study is comprehensive, covering almost every conceivable aspect of legislatures, and he gives wonderful insight as to what makes for successful legislative leadership.
Bruce Cain, University of California, Berkeley