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Three Essays In Political Economy, David Pinto Quintero 2010 University of Colorado at Boulder

Three Essays In Political Economy, David Pinto Quintero

Economics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Chapter 1. The Effects of Political Competition on the Feasibility of Economic Reform

This chapter shows that democracies may fail to enact desirable economic reforms even when such reforms Pareto dominate the status quo and there are no informational asymmetries. The key insight is that, even when reforms entail economic gains for all agents, electoral political losses cannot be compensated politically. Consequently, when the majority party has strong electoral support, minority parties pursue both low-gain reforms and high-gain reforms. Intermediate-gain reforms are harder to enact, since the electoral costs dominate welfare gains. In highly contested environments, only high-gain reforms succeed ...


Improving The Status Of Indigenous Women In Peru, Jennifer Zavaleta 2010 Claremont McKenna College

Improving The Status Of Indigenous Women In Peru, Jennifer Zavaleta

CMC Senior Theses

Neoliberal agrarian reforms in Latin America have lead to both advances and set backs for the women’s and indigenous movements. While most neoliberal policies were the same in terms of goals, like creating institutions that encourage a capitalist markets, the results were somewhat heterogeneous in part due to the role of the women’s and indigenous movements in individual countries. The rise of the international women’s movement, which was marked by the UN’s decade on women from 1975-1985, coincided with an unfavorable economic climate in Latin America.


Free Trade And Free Societies: The Effects Of Cafta On Democratic Institutions In Central America, David Nahmias 2010 Claremont McKenna College

Free Trade And Free Societies: The Effects Of Cafta On Democratic Institutions In Central America, David Nahmias

CMC Senior Theses

During the debate over the ratification of the United States-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the Bush Administration argued that implementation of a free trade agreement would help strengthen the nascent democracies in Central America. As a bilateral agreement, CAFTA would not only foment greater trade liberalization by expanding market access and eliminating trade barriers, but also help transform the entire commercial frameworks in Central America and promote economic development. These implications are not just economic – in particular, its provisions on intellectual property and investment rights, government procurement and labor standards affect the political institutions underpinning democracy and rule ...


Dammed And The Damned: Draining The Bucket Dry, Carla Steiger 2010 Wright State University

Dammed And The Damned: Draining The Bucket Dry, Carla Steiger

Browse all Theses and Dissertations

This thesis investigates how people displaced from the construction of large dams in seek environmental justice. I studied the importance of regime type, the creation of protest groups and the formation of alliances with national, international organizations, and the media. In a comparison between protest movements against the Three Gorges Dam in China and the Sardar Sarovar Dam in India, displaced populations suffered from loss of community, livelihood, and health and were victimized by corrupt actors that supported the dams. The rapid economic development of these two countries emerged as a major point of comparison between the two. Regime type ...


Ua11/1/4 William Porter Interview, WKU University Archives 2010 WKU University Archives

Ua11/1/4 William Porter Interview, Wku University Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Audiotape interview with William Porter for unidentified University Relations program. Available for listening in Harrison-Baird Reading Room.

William James Porter (1914-1988) served as US ambassador to Algeria (1962-1964), South Vietnam (1965-1967) and South Korea (1967-1971). Richard Nixon appointed him to replace David Bruce at the 1973 Paris Peace Accords to end the Vietnam Conflict.


Evaluating The Vice Presidency Using The Effective Model: A Look At Gore And Cheney, Trisha Miller 2010 Eastern Illinois University

Evaluating The Vice Presidency Using The Effective Model: A Look At Gore And Cheney, Trisha Miller

Masters Theses

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A Wink Or A Nod, Mr. President? A Call For The President’S Consideration Of Race, Lilia D. Monzó, Suzanne SooHoo 2010 Chapman University

A Wink Or A Nod, Mr. President? A Call For The President’S Consideration Of Race, Lilia D. Monzó, Suzanne Soohoo

Education Faculty Articles and Research

"Dear Mr. President... We ask now that you pour some attention to race and racism in America, and we submit that your leadership in this area is critically important for people of all colors."


Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy, Peter McLaren 2010 Chapman University

Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy, Peter Mclaren

Education Faculty Articles and Research

"Since the mid-1990s, the focus of my work has shifted discernibly, if not dramatically, from a preoccupation with poststructuralist analyses of popular culture, in which I attempted to deploy contrapuntally critical pedagogy, neo- Marxist critique and cultural analysis, to a revolutionary Marxist humanist perspective. My focus shifted away from the politics of representation and its affiliative liaison with identity production and turned towards the role of finance capital and the social relations of production. Against a utopian theory of entrepreneurial individuality and agency backed by a voluntarism unburdened by history, I came to see the necessity of transforming the very ...


Diy Media: Movement Perspectives On Critical Moments, Produced By Mark Read. A Dvd Series From Deep Dish Tv (1988-2010), Martin Wallace 2010 University of Maine - Main

Diy Media: Movement Perspectives On Critical Moments, Produced By Mark Read. A Dvd Series From Deep Dish Tv (1988-2010), Martin Wallace

Library Staff Publications

This is part one of a two-part review of the DVD Series DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments, produced by Mark Read. This part of the review covers the following parts of the video series: Expression = Life – ACT UP, Video, and the AIDS Crisis; Many Yeses, One No – Confronting Corporate Globalization; and Resistencia Y Solidaridad – El Salvador, Colombia, and the U.S. Solidarity Movement. Both the technical quality of the series and its content are reviewed. The second part of this review, covering other parts of the series, was written by another reviewer and is not included here.


The Closed Rule, Michael Doran 2010 University of Virginia

The Closed Rule, Michael Doran

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

The closed rule constitutes a critical component of managerial power in the contemporary House of Representatives and an increasingly important element of the legislative process. Subject to the approval of the full membership, the closed rule allows managers to block all amendments to a measure when bringing that measure to the floor. Despite objections from the minority, both Republicans and Democrats regularly use the closed rule when in the majority, and rank-and-file members ordinarily approve any closed rule put to a floor vote. Once rarely used, the closed rule has become managers’ preferred instrument for controlling the House floor agenda ...


When Governments Break The Law: The Rule Of Law And The Prosecution Of The Bush Administration., David P. Forsythe 2010 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

When Governments Break The Law: The Rule Of Law And The Prosecution Of The Bush Administration., David P. Forsythe

Faculty Publications: Political Science

This edited collection by Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain starts by noting that during the George W. Bush administration, there were charges of violation of law regarding domestic surveillance, the invasion of Iraq, and the policy toward enemy prisoners. It then examines the question of why prosecutions and/or a truth commission have not occurred on any of these subjects, given that the United States is supposedly committed to the rule of law in which protection of human rights is supposed to loom large. The editors themselves do not take a clear position on these matters but say rather that ...


The Mirage Of Non-State Governance, Ralf Michaels 2010 Duke Law School

The Mirage Of Non-State Governance, Ralf Michaels

Faculty Scholarship

In this Essay, I offer three theses, all of which are critical. First, non‑state governance is conceptually unattractive; it is a concept that makes little sense. Second, non‑state governance is empirically unattractive; meaningful non‑state governance rarely exists. Third, meaningful non‑state governance is normatively unattractive; we would rarely want it, and people postulating it usually expect the state to play an important role. However, I also have something constructive: a proposed trajectory. Talk about the state and the non‑state can only be an intermediary stage in a trajectory of a theory of governance that might lead ...


Margaret Chase Smith Essay, David Richards, Chelsea Bernard, Terrance H. Walsh, Stacy Sullivan 2010 Margaret Chase Smith Library

Margaret Chase Smith Essay, David Richards, Chelsea Bernard, Terrance H. Walsh, Stacy Sullivan

Maine Policy Review

Each year, the Margaret Chase Smith Library sponsors an essay contest for Maine high school seniors. The essay prompt for the 2009 contest was tied to a quote from Sen. Smith not to fear the inevitability of change. Essayists were asked to respond to the question, “What changes do you think the new administration will need to make, and we the people embrace, to reform American society?” Featured here are the three prize-winning essays.


Maine’S Paradoxical Politics, Kenneth Palmer 2010 University of Maine

Maine’S Paradoxical Politics, Kenneth Palmer

Maine Policy Review

Kenneth Palmer’s article, based on his 2009 University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Maine Heritage Lecture, discusses the para­doxes of Maine’s politics that often draw national attention. He notes how these paradoxes have contrib­uted to the state’s having a “creative and effective political system.” Maine politics are dynamic in nature, with parties loosely hung together, governors winning by pluralities rather than majorities, and significant turnover both in members and parties in legislative districts. Palmer suggests that Maine’s political leaders find themselves as centrists, primarily because they want to find practical solutions ...


Why Margaret Still Matters, Martha Sterling-Golden 2010 The University of Maine

Why Margaret Still Matters, Martha Sterling-Golden

Maine Policy Review

In this commentary, Martha Sterling-Goldman reflects on the complexities of women in public life, and why it is important to prepare women to fully engage in political life. She says we must train a generation of women and men who think about power in a different way.


Bite-Sized Democracy: The Virtues Of Incremental Change, Peter Mills 2010 The University of Maine

Bite-Sized Democracy: The Virtues Of Incremental Change, Peter Mills

Maine Policy Review

In the Margaret Chase Smith Essay, Peter Mills draws on his long years of public service in both houses of the Maine Legislature to reflect on the values of gradual, incremental change in public policy.


Policies And Politics In Urban Forestry: Involving Citizens In Municipal Urban Forestry Initiatives, Kalpana Bhattacharjee 2010 Iowa State University

Policies And Politics In Urban Forestry: Involving Citizens In Municipal Urban Forestry Initiatives, Kalpana Bhattacharjee

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

There is a fair amount of discussion on urban forestry in the context of political science. Very little of that focuses on civic engagement in urban forestry initiatives of municipal governments. A lot of the literature on urban forestry (not in context of political science) that does focus on civic engagement, assumes that greater civic engagement in urban forestry programs is a desirable goal and focuses on the different ways that citizen involvement can be increased in these programs. There is no cost benefit analysis in the literature to examine if involving citizens in urban forestry programs is indeed good ...


Predicting Public Approval Of Supreme Court Nominees: Examining Factors Influencing Mass Public Opinion Of Stealth Nominees In The Post-Bork Era, Daniel E. Kelly 2010 Iowa State University

Predicting Public Approval Of Supreme Court Nominees: Examining Factors Influencing Mass Public Opinion Of Stealth Nominees In The Post-Bork Era, Daniel E. Kelly

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Conventional wisdom asserts that the American public is ignorant of the Supreme Court and thus, the opinions of average citizens are irrelevant, both in the confirmation debates regarding nominees to the Supreme Court and as a tool of political mobilization. In light of the Seventeenth Amendment's direct election of the Senate and the Senate's advice and consent role, mass public opinion is relevant regardless of the sophistication of their input. Moreover, mobilization of mass public approval or disapproval of nominees is a factor influencing the strategies of partisan politics in general.

It is clear that the public is ...


The Power Of Geographical Boundaries: Cultural, Political, And Economic Border Effects In A Unitary Nation, Bowon Chang 2010 Iowa State University

The Power Of Geographical Boundaries: Cultural, Political, And Economic Border Effects In A Unitary Nation, Bowon Chang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Geography plays a significant, fundamental role in shaping outcomes in human societies. Among other geographical elements, borders have significant implications—they are not only geographical figures, but also political creatures. Against previous theories that have studied border effects along with institutional differences mostly about economic implications, this thesis considers how sub-national borders with weak jurisdictions affect cultural, political, and economic phenomena using data from South Korea. Unlike international borders and intra-national borders in a federal state, this thesis suggests borders in a unitary nation have less economic effects, but more cultural and political effects.


Consumer Reactions To Organic Food Price Premiums In The United States, Amanda Christine Smith 2010 Iowa State University

Consumer Reactions To Organic Food Price Premiums In The United States, Amanda Christine Smith

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

There have been many studies of who buys organic foods, but few have addressed the relationship between organic food consumption and political ideology. This paper examines how price differentials between organic and non organic food affect organic food consumption, and explores the link between political ideology and organic consumption. Data was collected from surveys that were distributed to approximately 300 consumers in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the Winter of 2010.


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