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Podcast 17: Security Dialogue podcast with William Walters, author of ‘Drone strikes, dingpolitik and beyond: Furthering the debate on materiality and security’. Hosted by Claudia Aradau. From dingpolitik to controversies, and from the contributions of STS to security analysis to the limits of STS-inspired approaches, William addresses key questions about politics, security, and method. 

Podcast 16. Security Dialogue podcast with Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, author of ‘Experimentation in humanitarian locations: UNHCR and biometric registration of Afghan refugees’, published in issue 46(2). Hosted by Claudia Aradau. The podcast discusses the history of biometrics within the UNHCR, the concept of experimentation, political effects and critical engagement with security practices.

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Chad Kunsman, Editorial Assistant at Armed Forces & Society, interviews Dr. Morten Brænder about his forthcoming article "Adrenalin JunkiesWhy Soldiers Return from War Wanting More."


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J.S. Maloy and Jeanette Mendez, editors of Political Research Quarterly, interview author Jeff Smith about his new article "Passion or Dollars? How Mobilization Can Spoil the Mother’s Milk of Politics."



Evidence regarding the influence of campaign donations and lobbying efforts on legislative behavior is mixed. Much research—not to mention conventional wisdom—suggests that well-funded interest groups exploit their resource advantage by making campaign contributions and deploying lobbyists to gain informational advantages and influence legislation. Using contribution data, information about interest group support for legislation, and a rare data set—constituent contacts to six state legislative offices—this paper examines how interest group donations and constituent activism influence outcomes. Although the amount of money contributed by groups supporting or opposing a bill did not affect its prospects, constituent contacts had a substantial impact. Political expenditures by business firms appear primarily to sustain an entrenched class of lobbyists and consultants.


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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

Security Dialogue podcast with Marieke de Goede and Stephanie Simon, guest editors of the special issue on ‘Preemption, practice, politics’, October 2014, vol 45 (5). Hosted by Claudia Aradau. The podcast discusses the main themes of the special issue and some of the key points that the contributors brings to our understanding of the politics of preemption and security almost 15 years after 9/11. Find out more by listening to this podcast. Read the introductory article to the special issue, co-authored by Marieke de Goede, Stephanie Simon, and Marijn Hoijtink.

Security Dialogue podcast with Alex Macleod, author of ‘The contemporary fictional police detective as critical security analyst: Insecurity and immigration in the novels of Henning Mankell and Andrea Camilleri’  in issue 45(6) of Security Dialogue. Hosted by Claudia Aradau. The podcast discusses the relation between security professionals, police, and critical security studies. 

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 5:56am EST

Podcast 13  Security Dialogue podcast with Kathleen Jennings, author of 'Service, sex, and security: Gendered peacekeeping economies in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo'. Hosted by Claudia Aradau. How are peacekeeping economies gendered and how does the peacekeeper emerge as vulnerable?


Erratum. The UNSC resolution that Claudia Aradau refers to at 1m5s in the podcast recording is UNSC 1820, not 1812.

Ed Benton, Managing Editor of State and Local Government Review, interviews public managers across the United States about their reflections on a recent article published in State and Local Government Review and the current challenges faced by their local governments.


The article, published in the September 2014 issue, is entitled “Strategic Alignment of the New Normal: Collaboration, Sustainability, and Deliberation in Local Government Across Boundaries,” and is written by Michael Abels of the University of Central Florida. The paper can be found online at



Local government is assuming a new and transformational leadership role in this era of the “new normal,” which is highlighted by structural resource scarcity and the assumption of new missions in our federal structure. These new missions mandate regional governance, both in planning and in service delivery. Planning in the twenty-first century must be strategic, regionally based, and founded on the principles of community sustainability. Service delivery, while maintaining its traditional emphasis on public safety and service, must move into areas that address the growing social and economic needs of our citizens. The foundation for mission success will see regionalism, deliberative democracy, and strategic sustainability as foundation for local governance.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Author Kellie Liket discusses her article, "Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness: Analysis of Best Practices."


In the face of increased accountability pressures, nonprofits are searching for ways to demonstrate their effectiveness. Because meaningful tools to evaluate effectiveness are largely absent, financial ratios are still the main indicators used to approximate it. However, there is an extensive body of literature on determinants of nonprofit effectiveness. In this study, we test the extent to which these assertions in the literature align with practitioner views. To increase the practical value of our comparative exercise, we create a self-assessment survey on the basis of the practices that find support in both academia and practice. This provides managers with a tool to assess the extent to which the identified practices are present in their organizations and with suggestions, which might lead to improvements in their effectiveness. Intermediaries can use the tool to provide better information to donors. Funders can use it in their selection of grantees, and capacity-building efforts.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 7:13pm EST

Authors Monica LaBarge and Jeffrey Stinson discuess their article, "The Role of Mental Budgeting in Philanthropic Decision-Making."



Mental budgeting (also known as mental accounting) has examined how consumers allocate and expend resources. However, the mental budgeting literature has not yet examined the availability and use of mental budgets for philanthropic, as opposed to day-to-day, consumption. Depth interviews with donors in both the United States and Canada reveal that donors do maintain mental budgets for philanthropy, that charitable gifts are expensed against the mental budget for philanthropy as well as against other budgets, and that donors’ mental budgets are malleable. Study findings extend the literature on the management and malleability of mental budgets, and provide insight to nonprofit organizations (NPO) to better position appeals to maximize donations and strengthen long-term donor relationships.

The article is available for download here:


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