Current Research in Political Science

Variation of the effect of economic development on democracy---the relevance of the state
Min Tang, 2010
This dissertation points out that all existing quantitative studies on the relationship between economic development and democracy have omitted the active role of the state in the economy. In their...
Military preparedness, educational policy isomorphism: An examination of convergence between presidential oratory and educational policy
Riste Simnjanovski, 2010
Purpose; . The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the ongoing policy isomorphism between military doctrine and American education policy at the federal level. The study examined six educa...
Three Essays on the Exploitation and Manipulation of Political Boundaries for the Purpose of Shaping Political Outcomes
Jason P. Kelly, 2010
In three essays, my dissertation examines how political boundaries might be manipulated or exploited to enhance or diminish influence over political outcomes. The first essay, "Political Concentrat...
Exploring interoperability as a multidimensional challenge for effective emergency response
Hiram Santisteban, 2010
Purpose; . The purpose of this research was to further an understanding of how the federal government is addressing the challenges of interoperability for emergency response or crisis management (...
Centers and bordertowns: Tracing the origins of cooperation at the Mexico-United States border (1521--1994)
Sergio Emilio Saenz-Rivera, 2010
This dissertation examines the ways in which the States and local populations participate in the construction of binational cooperation after a territorial war. Tracing the evolution of the territo...
Health and democratic participation: Theoretical exploration and comparative analysis of India, South Africa, Brazil, and Venezuela
Qamar Mahmood, 2010
This dissertation deals with community participation in health. The main contention of this work is that community participation has been inadequately conceived in health and considered merely as a...
Supreme convolution: Gregg v. Georgia and the nature of Supreme Court decision making
Zachary Baron Shemtob, 2010
Few issues evoke more impassioned debate than capital punishment. While death penalty supporters view it as a just and even necessary sanction, opponents see a profound symbol of American barbarism...
Re-democratization and democratic leadership development in Nigeria: The impact of civic education
Gregory Chukwudi Okafor, 2010
Having experienced decades of military dictatorial regimes and now plunged into the re-democratization process, Nigeria requires intense citizenship education. This dissertation explores the impact...
Nature, Value and Territory in Alaskan Subsistence Politics: The View from Brown Bear Bay
Danielle DiNovelli-Lang, 2010
My dissertation identifies and analyzes the stakes of contemporary tensions over subsistence management in Alaska from a materialist, postcolonial and posthumanist perspective. The argument is grou...
A communication model of the impact of presidential candidate character traits on vote preference
Bruce W. Hardy, 2010
This dissertation presents a communication model of the impact of candidate character traits on vote preference and outlines how the communication environment surrounding US presidential elections ...
External actors, local participation, and political reform in Africa: Ghana and Senegal compared
Marton T. Markovits, 2010
This dissertation is about politics, power, and change in West Africa. Three questions are investigated: (1) how and to what extent does local participation transform the original patterns of donor...
The Great Equalizer? A Five State Study of Compulsory School Attendance Age Policy and Administration
Lia C. Howard, 2010
Federalism in America remains a vital force in shaping public policy formation and public policy implementation. With respect to education laws and their administration, nobody doubts that "federal...
The Party and the "Personal" Vote: The Impact of Party Control of Ballot Access and Means of Cultivating a Personal Reputation in Mixed-Member Electoral System Countries
Jessica Robinson Preece, 2010
In countries where electoral rules encourage candidates to develop a "personal vote," parties are generally assumed to be fairly weak. However, parties often have non-obvious ways of influencing th...
A New Legal Era for the Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan---Self-Government?
Chuan-Ju Cheng, 2010
Mountain-based indigenous peoples have lived on the island of Taiwan since time immemorial. For thousands of years, they were self-ruled in accordance with their own customary law. Not until the ea...
Is Turkey realigning? A three dimensional investigation of Turkish-Iranian security rapprochement
Behsat Ekici, 2010
This study investigates the underlying reasons for Turkish-Iranian security rapprochement during the Erdogan Administration, and attempts to discover whether the ongoing rapprochement indicates Tur...
The politics of subnational coalition building. Gubernatorial redistributive strategies in Argentina and Brazil
German Lodola, 2010
This dissertation unfolds subnational political phenomena by engaging questions about redistributive politics and territorial power-building. How do state governors in federal systems strategically...
Politics in Black and Brown: The Prospects for Political Alliances between African Americans and Hispanic Americans
Jr. Tony Eugene Carey, 2010
The similar economic circumstances of blacks and Latinos have led some researchers to argue they should engage in political alliances. Nevertheless, while their economic hardships should serve as a...
Political inequality in the American states
Patrick Flavin, 2010
This dissertation examines unequal political representation in the United States. Specifically, I ask whether the political opinions of citizens with low incomes are underrepresented by the policy ...
De Facto Feminism and Feminist Identification
Jennifer L. Rexroat, 2010
Do low income women of color consider themselves to be feminists? Assessing the degree to which low income women of color label themselves as feminists is of fundamental importance to feminist anal...
Group efficacy: Religious interests in the court
Kathryn Lindsay Oates, 2010
This project examines interest group participation in the Supreme Court. Scholars agree that the power of the judiciary has been increasing over time. It is also clear that as this has occurred, in...