Constructing (Hu)Man Nature: A Feminist Critique Of Western Ir Theory, Liberal Economics And U.S. Foreign Policy, Nadia Stovicek
Feminism in general exposes the fundamental folly of Western political theorists’ view of human nature, which is based on Western, decently well-off, white men’s experiences and privilege. This view of human nature, which is not human nature at all, but rather a socially constructed definition of what men’s human nature is, is replicated in neoclassical economics and perpetuated in mainstream Western International Relations theory. Understanding the social construction of norms exposes how what is conceived in conventional theory as human nature and state behavior is unnecessarily limiting. The U.S. is the greatest benefactor from the worldview of ...
Human Water Security: It Boils Down To State Bureaucratic Capacity, 2017 University of Iowa
Human Water Security: It Boils Down To State Bureaucratic Capacity, Seth Howard
University of Iowa Honors Theses
Contemporaneous global demographic, environmental, and economic trends have elevated water issues to the fore of human rights and national security debates. Ipso facto, a profusion of research has attempted to explicate water insecurity causes and effects. This article examines the foremost theoretical explanations, data, and discrepancies. It then proposes and quantitatively tests a more parsimonious and evidentially coherent state bureaucratic capacity theory of water security. The results support the proposed theory and reveal three significant conclusions. Times series analyses reveal mixed-type regimes produce reduced water security compared to autocracies and democracies, with closed anocracies performing worst; this finding persists when ...
Politics Beyond The Personal: Reading Wolin In The Age Of Trump, 2017 University of Iowa
Politics Beyond The Personal: Reading Wolin In The Age Of Trump, Christopher Jackson
University of Iowa Honors Theses
This thesis argues that the root cause of both climate change and the decline of democracy in the West is neoliberalism’s pervasive marginalization of faith in public action. It responds to the election of Donald Trump by critically analyzing how noted democratic theorist Sheldon Wolin interpreted the election of Ronald Reagan and the lessons to be learned from it. It argues that Wolin is right to ascribe great importance to historical memory in democratic citizenship, but wrong to highlight localism as the primary venue for contestation, especially in the context of global climate change. The antidote to these problems ...
The Music And Politics Of Willy Chirino, 2017 Georgia Southern University
The Music And Politics Of Willy Chirino, Nancy N. Balcziunas
University Honors Program Theses
Cuban musician and singer Willy Chirino, the self-proclaimed inventor of the “Miami Sound,” was sent to the United States as a teenager in the 1960s under Operation Pedro Pan to escape the influence of Fidel Castro's communist regime. Throughout his career, he has used his music to spread a personal and political agenda; his rejection of communism and the Castro regime can be seen through his song lyrics, humanitarian efforts, and direct engagement in the world of politics.
The Making Of A Hero: Cultivating Empathy, Altruism, And Heroic Imagination, 2017 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
The Making Of A Hero: Cultivating Empathy, Altruism, And Heroic Imagination, Ari Kohen, Matt Langdon, Brian R. Riches
Faculty Publications: Political Science
Heroes are not born; they’re made. This article examines the commonalities in the backgrounds of people who take heroic action on behalf of others to theorize the ways in which our society can encourage citizens to prepare themselves to act heroically. In looking closely at a variety of people who have acted heroically, in a single moment or over time, we argue they have at least four crucial commonalities: They imagined situations where help was needed and considered how they would act; they had an expansive sense of empathy, not simply with those who might be considered “like them ...
Appendix To Prehistoric Myths In Modern Political Philosophy, 2016 Tulane University of Louisiana
Appendix To Prehistoric Myths In Modern Political Philosophy, Karl Widerquist, Grant Mccall
Prehistoric Myths In Modern Political Philosophy, 2016 Tulane University of Louisiana
Prehistoric Myths In Modern Political Philosophy, Karl Widerquist, Grant Mccall
Basic Income's Third Wave, 2016 Georgetown University-Qatar
Basic Income's Third Wave, Karl Widerquist
Is The Chinese Communist Party Becoming A Victim Of Its Own Success? Performance Legitimacy As Dilemma, 2016 University of Alberta
Is The Chinese Communist Party Becoming A Victim Of Its Own Success? Performance Legitimacy As Dilemma, Reza Hasmath
Religion, Administration & Public Goods: Experimental Evidence From Russia, 2016 University of California - Berkeley
Religion, Administration & Public Goods: Experimental Evidence From Russia, Theocharis N. Grigoriadis
Surfing The Revolutionary Wave 2010-12: A Social Theory Of Agency, Resistance, And Orders Of Dissent In Contemporary Social Movements, Athina Karatzogianni, Michael Schandorf
India's Dalit Moment, 2016 Cuny Graduate School of Journalism
India's Dalit Moment, Gabriel Kenneth Carroll Conlon
This summer a brutal attack on Dalit youths in the Indian state of Gujarat set off months of street protests. The attack and subsequent protests underscored the persistence of caste-based discrimination in rural India, and the often brutal manner in which Dalits – members of India’s lowest castes – are excluded from everyday society. “India’s Dalit Moment” is a field report examining the causes and protagonists of the revolt. With on-the-ground reporting in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Bihar, this multimedia piece – including print, radio and photo elements – conveys a synthetic, but detailed window into the Dalit community and the ...
"Who Am I?": The Development Of A Male Palestinian Political Identity, 2016 University of San Francisco
"Who Am I?": The Development Of A Male Palestinian Political Identity, Tala J. Dayyat
The Palestinian people have lived under numerous imperial rulers; first, the Ottoman Empire, then later the British. Today they live under the military occupation of the state of Israel as second class citizen millions more living abroad as refugees. Young Palestinian men have become the leaders and the physical manifestation of the struggle against Israel, a political Goliath that has used tactics to repress the Palestinians such as, detentions, beatings, and land confiscation, which many outside of the Israeli state deem as illegal. Scholar Rashid Khalidi states that “the quintessential Palestinian experience, which illustrates some of the most basic issues ...
Women Of Color In Politics, 2016 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School
Women Of Color In Politics, Londen J. Powers
Research & Exhibition
No abstract provided.
Tempered Experience: The Educational Foundation Of Democratic Ideology, 2016 St. John Fisher College
Tempered Experience: The Educational Foundation Of Democratic Ideology, Nicholas J. Schwarm
Democracy is a political ideology, one that requires a person to believe in that ideology for it to exist. The contemporary political landscape is dominated by democracies, and for this reason we need to understand how to build and sustain Them. There needs to be a well educated populace of citizens, who are able to engage in democratic actions, and aid the community. What they need is tempered experience, experience that is understood though the knowledge that a citizen already has.
A Grand Game: Sino-American Relations In The 21st Century, 2016 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
A Grand Game: Sino-American Relations In The 21st Century, Cameron T. Mccauley
College of Security and Intelligence
This paper provides an overview and analysis of Sino-American relations, focusing primarily on the South China Sea and the implications of China’s rise on both the region and US national security. International relations theory provides the framework for the analysis and multiple viewpoints are included. This paper draws attention to the importance of properly understanding China’s ambitions in order to prevent a war in the Pacific. While not inevitable, the potential for conflict is addressed and likely scenarios are included. This paper concludes with a quick look at how the Trump administration’s policies could affect the turbulent ...
Lean Government Initiatives And The Origins Of Administrative Reforms, 2016 Honors Program
Lean Government Initiatives And The Origins Of Administrative Reforms, Sterl Carpenter
Senior Honors Projects
Government has both tremendous power and responsibility in modern American society. Throughout history, the role of government has shifted with the emergence of new programs and policies. Beginning in the late 1800’s, the role of government expanded with the mass production of railroads and rapid economic development. With this expansion of government, scholars such as Woodrow Wilson turned their attention to the performance of our national bureaucracy, arguing that administration of public policies could be more successful if reforms were instituted. The trend of administrative expansion accelerated into the 20th Century while conducting two major wars and in responding ...
A Theoretical Analysis Of Isis Indoctrination And Recruitment, 2016 California State University, Monterey Bay
A Theoretical Analysis Of Isis Indoctrination And Recruitment, Trevor Hawkins
Capstone Projects and Master's Theses
This paper is an attempt to use various theories in the social sciences as a tool to understand the mechanisms employed in ISIS indoctrination and recruitment tactics. There is a discussion of theories that have been developed in the field of influence psychology, rationalizing the context of indoctrination within this area of study. There is a discussion of proposedly relevant materials in philosophy, specifically simulacrum and linguistic deconstruction. These components are extrapolated to interpret a first person account of ISIS indoctrination, the first-ever ISIS recruitment film, and a Radical-Islamist periodical Inspire Magazine. Using a form of propaganda film analysis, and ...
The Core Of An Unqualified Case For Judicial Review: A Reply To Jeremy Waldron And Contemporary Critics, 2016 Brooklyn Law School
The Core Of An Unqualified Case For Judicial Review: A Reply To Jeremy Waldron And Contemporary Critics, Alexander Kaufman, Michael B. Runnels
Brooklyn Law Review
No abstract provided.
The Failure Of Westphalia: A Constructivist Examination Of Western And Middle Eastern Relations, 2016 Liberty University
The Failure Of Westphalia: A Constructivist Examination Of Western And Middle Eastern Relations, Jayson Warren
This thesis is not intended to be a dogmatic or pedantic endorsement of any one religion, ethic, or culture. To the contrary, it is the intent of the author to examine a number of competing ideas, philosophies, and belief systems in order to extrapolate their geopolitical implications and to pursue them to their logical (albeit sometimes inevitable) conclusions. Too often, any number of presuppositions at work within a given situation go overlooked and subsequently skew geopolitical analysis and resulting policy decisions. This thesis seeks to transcend mere opinion or speculation and achieve instead a framework of Constructivism for pragmatic comprehension ...