Editor's Note: The View from the South Lawn

Executive Board of the Helvidius Group

"The first half of 2013 has proven to be one of tremendous change. The gridlock in Washington appears to have reached historic heights, as budgetary disputes become a nearly monthly occurrence and ideological polarization becomes a relentless fact of political life. And the United States finds itself in an increasingly precarious position in the world system as developing economies become more autonomous and geopolitical disputes more interdependent. Now, as always, the importance of thought-provoking social science research cannot be understated.

The papers in this issue depict many of the complexities and nuances surrounding political activities, government policies, and social trends and movements..."--From page 1.


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February 10, 2014