Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Political Science Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

10,135 Full-Text Articles 6,559 Authors 3,276,349 Downloads 234 Institutions

All Articles in Political Science

Faceted Search

10,135 full-text articles. Page 1 of 263.

The Catholic Enlightenment. The Forgotten History Of A Global Movement, Ulrich Lehner 2016 Marquette University

The Catholic Enlightenment. The Forgotten History Of A Global Movement, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

No abstract provided.


And Be The Nation Again: A Consideration Of The Scottish Nationalist Movement And Scottish National Party, Zachary Agatstein 2015 Northeastern University

And Be The Nation Again: A Consideration Of The Scottish Nationalist Movement And Scottish National Party, Zachary Agatstein

Political Science Master's Theses

This work considers the case of modern Scottish nationalism, its resurgence in the modern era, and the effects that the European Union and the process of Europeanization have had on the nationalist movement. Particular attention is paid to a specific actor in this process, namely the Scottish National Party as the embodiment of the nationalist movement and the chief way in which nationalists are able to engage the political process. This project contends that the Scottish National Party's cooption of Scottish patriotism, use of an incrementalist approach to securing authority and devolved institutions within Scotland, as well as their ...


Creativity Inspired Community: A Practice And Process For Growing Communities Through Group Creativity, david eyman 2015 Buffalo State College

Creativity Inspired Community: A Practice And Process For Growing Communities Through Group Creativity, David Eyman

Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects

This project explores the use of group creativity practices to support changing attitudes and the formation of cohesive communities in civic and business settings. More specifically this project explores the use of a predetermined sequence of group creativity tools to facilitate a change in participant mentality. The attitudinal shift is from self-serving to engaged and collaborative. The ultimate outcome of using the proposed framework is the bonding of incompatibly opinionated people into a solidified community that is responsible for implementing their novel ideas. Ideas formed within this process are a reflection of the individual’s personal life objectives as they ...


A More Durable Peace: The Nexus Between Local Influence And Power-Sharing Governance, Benjamin Skorpen Claeson 2015 Bates College

A More Durable Peace: The Nexus Between Local Influence And Power-Sharing Governance, Benjamin Skorpen Claeson

Honors Theses

This thesis explores factors conducive to successful settlements within communal civil wars. Through a comparative analysis of the Sunningdale Power-sharing Agreement and Good Friday Power-sharing Agreement in Northern Ireland, it enters a vast literature surrounding both the case study as well as the theoretical underpinnings of successful peace settlements. This thesis identifies five potential factors contributing to the success of a peace settlement: a third party guarantor, inequality reducing measures, power-sharing measures, influence of local actors, and the nature of the conflict itself. Each of these factors is attached to specific indicators that are then cross-analyzed against public opinion data ...


The Relevance Of Economic, Institutional And Cultural Determinants For Venture Capital Investments. A Us-Europe Comparison., Nadja Benes 2015 University of San Francisco

The Relevance Of Economic, Institutional And Cultural Determinants For Venture Capital Investments. A Us-Europe Comparison., Nadja Benes

Master's Theses

This study analyzes the determinants of early-stage VC investments by identifying characteristics in the economic, institutional, as well as cultural framework that could explain the diverging levels of early-stage VC investments across countries. Data was assembled for 16 countries during the period from 1995 until 2013. The results indicate that countries that are more open to trade are associated with higher levels in early-stage venture capital. A higher unemployment rate negatively affects a country’s level of early-stage VC funds. Higher R&D expenditures as a proxy for the technological and innovation capacity in a country as well as a ...


The Impact Of Market Economy Transition On Social Security And Social Welfare In Poland, Morgan A. Tracy, Martin B. Tracy 2015 Clarion University of Pennsylvania

The Impact Of Market Economy Transition On Social Security And Social Welfare In Poland, Morgan A. Tracy, Martin B. Tracy

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

The development of certain facets of Poland's social protection system since the collapse of state socialism in 1989 is analyzed using a comparative policy process analysis model. Particulara ttention is given to the programs of social assistance, child-care and family benefits, and old-age pensions in the Polish context. On the basis of the analysis it is argued that policy makers should give greater consideration to Poland's unique historical and cultural experience relative to addressing social issues.


King Of Iowa, Daniel Brown, Jessica Bartemes, Jeff King 2015 Iowa State University

King Of Iowa, Daniel Brown, Jessica Bartemes, Jeff King

Ethos

“If [Obama] is elected president... al-Qaida will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11...his middle name does matter,” our Republican Congressman Steve King erroneously predicted in early 2008. But while often making national headlines for such inflammatory statements, little is known about his upbringing and background and how his experiences have influenced his political convictions.


The Angry Electorate - Affect And Voting Decision Making, Negeen Amirieh 2015 Chapman University

The Angry Electorate - Affect And Voting Decision Making, Negeen Amirieh

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Political scientists do not typically focus on the affect, but rather they focus exclusively on cognition. Relying on the 2012 ANES, the present study seeks to understand and analyze the importance of how a voter’s emotions specifically anger towards a political figure can effect the voter’s actions. In this paper, the factors that are essential in understanding emotions in politics are: effect of anger in comparison to other affects, distrust in media and reliance on party identification, and the role of cognition in relation to affect, the correlation between affect and cognition with voting behavior. The present research ...


Economic Voting: Election Outcomes At The Toss Of A Coin?, Damaris Bangean 2015 Chapman University

Economic Voting: Election Outcomes At The Toss Of A Coin?, Damaris Bangean

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Given the severe shock of the 2008 economic crisis, this paper examines the relationship the relationship between individual and aggregate economic evaluations and democratic accountability through data analysis of the 2012 American National Election Studies. It includes statistical analysis of presidential and congressional approval, personal restrospective and prospective economic evaluations, macroeconomic restrospective and prospective evaluations, and other relevant variables, such as income and ideological preferences to broaden the scope of analysis on political behavior. As the notion of democratic accountability is a foundational pillar of the American political system, such studies are critical to election years following economic fluctuations, where ...


Political Participation Of Millennials In The United States And Western Europe, Jenny Bhatia 2015 Chapman University

Political Participation Of Millennials In The United States And Western Europe, Jenny Bhatia

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Millennials are a very large generation, the second largest in the US history. More than half of the millennials are already of voting age adults, have graduated from schools or college, and are into careers. Millennials are often described with more than a bit of a sneer, as the new "me" generation and have always participated in politics at a lower rate due to a various reasons such as the generation’s size, demographics, and views on cultural, foreign policy, role of government, and economic issues which somehow, make them unique when compared to the older generation. This research will ...


American Perceptions Of Iran, Avery Bissett 2015 Chapman University

American Perceptions Of Iran, Avery Bissett

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

American foreign policy in regards to Iran has been among the most visible stories in recent years and will certainly continue to be as negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue. Although many factors influence how Americans view other countries, one of the most important factors is the media and how it covers Iran. In addition to investigating how specific media outlets shape our views of Iran, it will also investigate how the medium (print, TV, online, radio) influences our perception. It will use data from the 2012 American National Election Study, which asked participants whether they believe Iran is ...


Terrorism Through American Eyes, Jacob Blaznek 2015 Chapman University

Terrorism Through American Eyes, Jacob Blaznek

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

The ‘War on Terror’ has been a highly debated topic since President Bush first said it after the attack to the United States on September 11th. Many articles and books have been written about the growing problem of terrorism and how the United States is handling it. Each article provides different ways that the United States has wrongly handled the situation and ways that they could improve their efforts to reduce terrorism. After the terrorist attack on World Trade Center and The Pentagon, the United States went to War against Al-Qaeda. Today, the US is still in a highly dangerous ...


Gender Gap In The Environmental Movement, NIcholas Burghard 2015 Chapman University

Gender Gap In The Environmental Movement, Nicholas Burghard

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

It has been known in recent years, that there is a connection between political party choice, and the importance of the environment to their members. However, this correlation may only be skin deep. The objective of this research is to delve into the specific correlations between the importance of the environment to the voter, and their gender, religion, and propensity to joining New Social Movements (NSM’s). With environmentalism becoming a strong topic in candidate and voter discussions today, studies are being done to see what the audiences are backing environmentalism, and promoting its integration into modern American society. Therefore ...


Perceptions Of Immigration In America, Manuel Cardoza 2015 Chapman University

Perceptions Of Immigration In America, Manuel Cardoza

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Throughout history the United States as a nation saw many waves of immigrants who collectively shaped and helped build the America we see today. Today immigration has become a prevalent issue that is impeding progress and potentially facilitating the rise of new conflicts in a country plagued by civil injustices toward minority groups who are feeling marginalized and discriminated. Immigration desperately needs the attention of the U.S government in order to reach a solution and stop a community from being ostracized. Much of this great nation has been formed and built on the fundamental idea of immigrant forces coming ...


Predictors Of Support For A Woman President, Frances Chang 2015 Chapman University

Predictors Of Support For A Woman President, Frances Chang

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

In recent years, the number of women holding a higher political position is rising; additionally, more and more women are running for office. Furthermore, female politicians are increasingly being elected as the head of nations globally. Although the number of women in the government is increasing, they are still underrepresented politically compared to men and are still facing obstacles while running for office. The United States is one of the strongest countries around the world, with a successful democracy for hundreds of years. The country emphasizes liberty and equality; however, the United States has not yet had a female president ...


Yo Soy Latino: Does My Vote Matter?, Jonathan Charres 2015 Chapman University

Yo Soy Latino: Does My Vote Matter?, Jonathan Charres

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

It has been said by many political scientists that the Latino population in the United States has the potential to be a huge political player in political elections, especially with their steady growing population. However, population growth is not translating into an increase of political participation. Although many studies have been made to understand why Latino political participation is low, I will take a different approach and focus on Latino political efficacy, comparing different states. Using the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Latino National Survey, I will seek to answer whether Latinos feel more politically empowered in ...


Negative Campaigns And Their Influence On Voter Attitudes, Estefan Colindres 2015 Chapman University

Negative Campaigns And Their Influence On Voter Attitudes, Estefan Colindres

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

There is a legitimate debate over negative campaigning and whether it either mobilizes voter participation or suppresses it. Previous studies suggest that the relevant political information brought by negative campaigns play a significant role in mobilizing the electorate (Finkel and Geer, 1998). On the other hand, some studies explain that negative campaigns challenge the legitimacy of the electoral process and consequently drain the electorate (Krupnikov, 2011).

As such, my research question asks of the effect of negative campaigning on voter participation - are people turned off and to what extent? What kind of impact does negative campaigning have on voters and ...


Campaign Donations And Political Efficacy, Lauren Ewashko 2015 Chapman University

Campaign Donations And Political Efficacy, Lauren Ewashko

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

With the marked increase in campaign spending and thus campaign fundraising we have seen an increase of Super PAC donations to political campaigns. The decline of political efficacy and political trust in the United States is sometimes linked to the increase of these kinds of big money donations in elections. It has been argued that the average civilian no longer feels like their donation counts towards achieving a win in political campaigns. There are those who say that the fact that politics is dominated by a small number of big donors has lead to a decline in individual contributions by ...


Judicial Activism’S Effect On Judicial Elections, Nick Fernandes 2015 Chapman University

Judicial Activism’S Effect On Judicial Elections, Nick Fernandes

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

High profile Supreme Court cases have become increasingly commonplace, particularly with the Citizens United court decision granting unprecedented rights to corporations. Many in the media have decried these as examples of increasing “judicial activism”. This trend has trickled down to the state supreme courts as justices have increasingly played a more active role in developing policy. Gay marriage has become legalized in numerous states due to this trend. While public sentiment is unlikely to affect the appointed Supreme Court, it could have a substantial impact on state judicial elections.

This paper will specifically be looking at judicial elections in Kentucky ...


Voting Preference, Religion And Ethnicity’Simpact On Party Identification, Benjamin Gourley 2015 Chapman University

Voting Preference, Religion And Ethnicity’Simpact On Party Identification, Benjamin Gourley

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Voting in the Presidential election always comes down to the wire, which leads political scientists to contemplate the most efficient ways for candidates to target and seize voters. The study explores how ethnic and religious values affect a voter’s party identification. This study will identify theories of opinion formation and connect these theories to the values that religious and ethnic voters rely on when voting for a candidate. This study hypothesizes three things: first, religious groups will tend to vote for candidates that hold the same religious values. Second, Ethnic groups will tend to vote for candidates that share ...


Digital Commons powered by bepress