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Ideas Versus Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy And The Honduras Coup Of 2009, Benjamin Richard Purper Jan 2017

Ideas Versus Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy And The Honduras Coup Of 2009, Benjamin Richard Purper

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The 2009 coup in Honduras sparked a crisis in inter-American affairs; after President Manuel Zelaya’s forced removal from office, practically every country in the Western Hemisphere rushed to condemn Honduras’ backslide into authoritarianism. Beyond being merely an unfortunate political event in Central America’s most impoverished nation, the coup represented a challenge to the inter-American human rights and democracy promotion regime that came about as a response to brutal Latin American dictatorships in the Cold War era. Even more abstractly, the coup – and other American states’ reaction to it – signaled the triumph of “realism over principles” for some observers ...


The Effect Of U.S. Political Party Polarization On Negative Partisanship Among U.S. Citizens, Noelle B. Webster Jan 2017

The Effect Of U.S. Political Party Polarization On Negative Partisanship Among U.S. Citizens, Noelle B. Webster

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Predictability has long been a defining characteristic of stable democracies, especially that of the United States. Elections at state and national levels are expected to involve candidates who eventually dominate the polls by garnering popular support and partaking in the political and cultural norms that help to bolster their support and display their qualification for office. At the end of campaigns, votes tend to produce candidates or representatives that parties can agree on, and despite disagreements both the masses and political elites concede to whomever the victor of state and national elections may be. The unexpected twists and turns of ...


Drug Policy Along The U.S.-Mexico Border: How Gendered Experiences Rule Current Policy Ineffective, Michelle Sosa-Acosta Jan 2016

Drug Policy Along The U.S.-Mexico Border: How Gendered Experiences Rule Current Policy Ineffective, Michelle Sosa-Acosta

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This paper focuses on reevaluating current U.S. drug policy through the use of intersectional, feminist research.


The Relationship Between Power-Sharing And Separatism: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Aaron A. Barth Jan 2016

The Relationship Between Power-Sharing And Separatism: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Aaron A. Barth

Undergraduate Honors Theses

State borders on maps do not always correspond with how they exist in actuality. Regionalism and ethnonationalism complicate political and territorial dynamics within a state. In some cases, it appears that the federal arrangements of certain subnational territories within a larger state can threaten national stability. Some states have attempted to ease ethnic tension by adopting power-sharing policies. Consociationalism, in which political arrangements are designed to encourage inclusiveness and cooperation, has been touted as one approach to safeguarding stable democracy in multiethnic states. Its effectiveness is not entirely clear, and the scholarship present varying reports of how it affects support ...


Politics And Its Corruption Of Social Welfare Organizations, Josiah Brensdal Jan 2014

Politics And Its Corruption Of Social Welfare Organizations, Josiah Brensdal

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The way the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulates and enforces rules on 501(c)(4) organizations has become a hotly debated topic today due to the controversial audits of tea party affiliated 501(c)(4) organizations conducted by the IRS. The IRS started auditing 501(c)(4) organizations this past election cycle solely on the (sole) basis of the organization's "perceived" political affiliation. 501(c)(4) organizations define in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) are "Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, and local association of employees, the membership ...


The Effect Of Independent Expenditures On Congressional Elections Following Citizens United V. Federal Elections Commission (2010), Kaethe Selkirk Jan 2011

The Effect Of Independent Expenditures On Congressional Elections Following Citizens United V. Federal Elections Commission (2010), Kaethe Selkirk

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Independent expenditures can greatly influence campaigns and the outcome of elections, a phenomenon that many expect will become more evident following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC (2010). Corporations first had the chance to flex their free speech muscle in the 2010 elections, as as expected, spending on campaigns appears to have increased. What patterns are emerging? How has increased spending influenced electoral results? In this paper I will examine this increase and the subsequent effects of corporate independent expenditures on all 2010 House races. Using multivariate analysis, I will show that corporate independent ...


Measuring An Elite Opinion Rally In The House Of Representatives: President George W. Bush And The 107th Congress, Lauren Sheram Jan 2010

Measuring An Elite Opinion Rally In The House Of Representatives: President George W. Bush And The 107th Congress, Lauren Sheram

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Measuring and explaining elite opinion support levels of a president after a crisis event are important in understanding the nature of the executive-legislative branch interaction over time and under particular conditions. If a rally does in fact occur in Congress, the president may experience a span of increased influence where more members of Congress are less likely to disagree with his policies. A president may be more likely to push his agenda through a Congress with high presidential approval ratings, even if only temporarily. Rallies may be unique windows of opportunities for presidents to quickly introduce and pass laws. A ...


A Not-So-Nuclear Family: I Love Lucy In The Midst Of The Suburban Revolution, Jenna Shaffer Jan 2009

A Not-So-Nuclear Family: I Love Lucy In The Midst Of The Suburban Revolution, Jenna Shaffer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I Love Lucy skyrocketed tot he top of the ratings in 1952 becoming U.S. television's first blockbuster. Even on January 20, 1953, the day President Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration, more viewers tuned in to watch I Love Lucy than the live coverage of the president. With such popularity, the show had considerable influence on American culture, while it also reflected the society it was entertaining. What can the germinal television show I Love Lucy tell us about the 1950s cultural and political conflict? The first season and a half, or the forty-five pre-maternity episodes, of Lucy illustrates ...


The Trial And Conviction Of Julius And Ethel Rosenberg: Politics As An Obstacle To The Right To A Fair Trial, Paul B. Derby Jan 1993

The Trial And Conviction Of Julius And Ethel Rosenberg: Politics As An Obstacle To The Right To A Fair Trial, Paul B. Derby

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Given the nature of this paper, I felt it necessary to explain my purpose in choosing the Rosenberg-Sobell trial as the subject of my senior honors thesis, and the methodology used in approaching this topic. My purpose in choosing this subject was twofold: First, I wanted to demonstrate the research and writing skills that I have developed during my four years as a student of history. This paper is intended to be a research paper. While I believe that there are some fascinating and controversial arguments discussed in this paper, I cannot claim to have originated any of these theories ...