Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs comprises more than 70 full-time faculty and more than 200 adjunct faculty, scholars, and practitioners. All have distinguished themselves in research and leadership in the policy world, and have produced scholarship in a wide variety of subjects, including international relations, democratization, elections, demography, and social policy.

November 1997|Rowman & Littlefield Publishers |Rodolfo de la Garza, Jesus Velasco

Mexico's foreign policy toward the United States is in a period of transition, sparked by the passage of NAFTA and sustained by ongoing political, economic, and environmental concerns. Here, distinguished scholars from Mexico, the U.S., and the U.K. take up questions relating to the future of Mexico-U.S. relations in crucial areas including lobbying and diplomacy, labor relations, immigration and expatriation, and international finance.

November 1997|Princeton University Press|Robert Jervis

Based on more than three decades of observation, Robert Jervis concludes in this provocative book that the very foundations of many social science theories–especially those in political science–are faulty. Taking insights from complexity theory as his point of departure, the author observes that we live in a world where things are interconnected, where unintended consequences of our actions are unavoidable and unpredictable, and where the total effect of behavior is not equal to the sum of individual actions. Jervis draws on a wide range of human endeavors to illustrate the nature of these system effects. He shows how increasing airport security might actually cost lives, not save them, and how removing dead trees (ostensibly to give living trees more room) may damage the health of an entire forest. Similarly, he highlights the interconnectedness of the political world as he describes how the Cold War played out and as he narrates the series of events–with their unintended consequences–that escalated into World War I.

The ramifications of developing a rigorous understanding of politics are immense, as Jervis demonstrates in his critique of current systemic theories of international politics–especially the influential work done by Kenneth Waltz. Jervis goes on to examine various types of negative and positive feedback, bargaining in different types of relationships, and the polarizing effects of alignments to begin building a foundation for a more realistic, more nuanced, theory of international politics. System Effects concludes by examining what it means to act in a system. It shows how political actors might modify their behavior in anticipation of system effects, and it explores how systemic theories of political behavior might account for the role of anticipation and strategy in political action. This work introduces powerful new concepts that will reward not only international relations theorists, but also all social scientists with interests in comparative politics and political theory.

October 1997|Columbia University Press|Kimberly Marten

How do powerful people react to revolutionary circumstances? How quickly and effectively do elites adapt to, and shape, the structures of new social and political systems? Zisk offers a detailed examination of the unexpected ways Russian defense industrials have acted in the new market economy. Bridging the gap between political economy and international security studies, Zisk plunges into the debate of whether rational self-interest or broader cultural norms explain behavior best, focusing on three institutions that structured the Russian defense managers' working life in the 1992-95 transition era: the large defense enterprises dating from Soviet times, the webs of political authority spanning both local and national levels, and the newly emerged, market-oriented spin-off firms.

October 1997|Journal of Applied Corporate Finance|Travis Bradford

Private Equity: Sources and Uses

October 1997|American Enterprise Institute|Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish N. Bhagwati

Although the public equates free trade areas with free trade, these areas operate under preferential trading arrangements–with free trade for members only and implicit protection against non-members. This volume probes the claims of proponents of free trade areas and analyzes the two principal initiatives associated with recent U.S. trade policy: NAFTA and APEC.

May 1997|Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business|Merit E. Janow

Assessing APEC's Role in Economic Integration in the Asia Pacific Region

May 1997|Overseas Development Institute|Iain Levine

Promoting humanitarian principles: the southern Sudan experience

February 1997|Journal of Environmental Economics and Management|Rajiv Sethi, Nancy Brooks

The Distribution of Pollution: Community Characteristics and Exposure to Air Toxics

January 1997|B-C Center for Urban Policy/Hispanic Education and Legal Fund Opinion Research Project|Ester R. Fuchs, Robert Shapiro, Lorraine Minnite

Political Participation and Political Representation in New York City with a Special Focus on Latino New Yorkers

December 1996|The Twentieth Century Fund Press|Ester R. Fuchs

Essays in Memory of Robert F. Wagner Jr.