Season’s Readings: New Faculty Books

In time for extended, holiday reading opportunities, books and editorial contributions from three Claremont McKenna College professors have just been published:

In A New Capitalist Order: Privatization and Ideology in Russia and Eastern Europe (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), assistant professor of government Hilary Appel offers a compelling look at the growing practice of privatization in former Eastern bloc nations and its relationship to international lending practices. It also directly addresses a key debate now raging in political science theory, on the role of ideology in politics. Relying on extensive fieldwork and insider knowledge, A New Capitalist Order draws on more than 100 interviews with top policymakers and key players in the post-Communist privatization process.

Political scientist Roderic Camp’s most recent editorial contributions start with “Mexico in 2001: A Middle-Road Scenario,” in Armand B. Peschard’s Forecasting Mexico’s Democratic Transition, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of its Scenarios for Policymakers series. Camp, the Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, takes a middle-of-the-road tack in the just-published essay—based on his research of several years ago—predicting in advance of the 2000 presidential election what might happen in Mexico, if voters chose a centrist candidate, to help policymakers predict the likely consequences of such a vote.
Camp also co-authored, with Charley Davis and Kenneth Coleman, “The Influence of Party Systems on Citizens’ Perceptions of Corruption and Electoral Response in Latin America,” in the August 2004 issue of Comparative Political Studies. Based on original survey research funded by a Hewlett Foundation grant directed by Camp, the article is one of the few studies on Latin America to explore empirical data on citizen attitudes toward corruption and its effect on the electoral process.
As well, Camp produced “Mexico Alert, Military Development Under a Democracy: Charting a New Direction?” for the November edition of CSIS’s Hemisphere Focus. Exploring the changes that have occurred in Mexico’s armed forces since 2000, and assessing their impact on civil-military relations under Mexican President Fox, it makes ample use of documentary information obtained through Mexico’s own Freedom of Information Law, which took effect in 2003.

Stephen T. Davis, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, co-edited The Redemption: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Christ as Redeemer (Oxford University Press), the fourth in a series of books co-edited by Davis, Gerald O’Collins S.J., and Daniel Kendall S.J. The series, including The Resurrection (1997), The Trinity (1999), and The Incarnation (2002), comprises essays by leading scholars, as well as essays by its editors.
The Redemption features essays by leading Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Jewish scholars in the areas of biblical studies, patristics, theological history, systematic theology, philosophy of religion, preaching, and religious art, as well as an essay by Davis.