SAGE Political Science & International Relations

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.

Direct download: SLGRPodcast3.mp3
Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Armando Alvarez, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews guest editor Pablo Pozzi about the January 2015 issue titled "Argentina a Decade after the Collapse Part 1: The Causes of the Crisis and Structural Changes.” 


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Direct download: LAPPodcast5.mp3
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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 EDT

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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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Security Dialogue podcast with Xymena Kurowska and Benjamin C. Tallis, authors of Chiasmatic crossings: A reflexive revisit of a research encounter in European security which features in the February 2013 issue of Security Dialogue, February 2013; 44(1)

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 7:28am EDT

J.S. Maloy and Jeanette Mendez, editors of Political Research Quarterly, interview author Rene Rocha about the U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections and his article “The Politics of Race and Voter ID Laws in the States: The Return of Jim Crow?” published in the September 2014 issue of Political Research Quarterly.

Direct download: PRQPodcast1.mp3
Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Pat Shields, Editor of Armed Forces & Society, interviews author Connie Brownson about her article "The Battle for Equivalency: Female US Marines Discuss Sexuality, Physical Fitness, and Military Leadership" published in the October 2014 issue.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Claudia Aradau, Editor of Security Dialogue, discusses how worlds and the conditions of wordliness should be framed as ‘subjects of security’ with Audra Mitchell, author of Only human? A Worldy approach to security, in issue 45 (1) of Security Dialogue. Is a wordly approach necessary if we are to capture the full enormity of the harms confronted by international security? Find out more by listening to this podcast.


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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Claudia Aradau, Editor of Security Dialogue, discusses the special issue on ‘Border Security as Practice’ with all three guest editors. Including how the special issue came about, and the contribution that the special issue makes to the debates about practice in International Relations and critical approaches to security more broadly. As well as analysis and critique of some of the articles in the special issue, issue 45 (3) of Security Dialogue.  Find out more by listening to this podcast.

Direct download: Border_security_podcast_FINAL.mp3
Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 10:18am EDT