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The Contextual Backdrop For Deficit Spending In American Political Thought, Erica Y. Barker Aug 2014

The Contextual Backdrop For Deficit Spending In American Political Thought, Erica Y. Barker

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

This paper analyzes political theories about national debt, public credit, and deficit spending as expressed by thinkers from our nation’s founding fathers to our most recent leaders. I found that instrumental, early American thinkers such as Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison held theories and values that undoubtedly carried on into modern politics. Alexander Hamilton believed national debt to be a “blessing” for the United States and that it would help to ensure the nation’s economic stability. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison disputed Hamilton’s ideas about debt and deficit spending, arguing that it would cause unnecessary ...


Are There Cracks In The Democratic Peace?, James W. Farmer, Jamie E. Scalera Aug 2014

Are There Cracks In The Democratic Peace?, James W. Farmer, Jamie E. Scalera

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

The Democratic Peace Principle is both a well-documented and a heavily scrutinized element of International Relations theory. My research aims to further analyze the principle to determine more precise conditions under which conflict can arise between democratic states. More specifically, my research analyzes the amount of conflict between democratic states of differing military and economic capabilities in order to see if such dyads have different dynamics than dyads with comparable military and economic might. If there are differing degrees of the democratic peace based on factors such as military and economic strength, this could indicate where future wars between democratic ...