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Colombia's Post Conflict: A Grassroots Approach To The Implementation Of The Peace Accords As A Necessary Element To Build A Long Lasting Peace, Maria Paula Perdomo Garcia Jan 2019

Colombia's Post Conflict: A Grassroots Approach To The Implementation Of The Peace Accords As A Necessary Element To Build A Long Lasting Peace, Maria Paula Perdomo Garcia

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

No abstract provided.


The European And American Immigration Struggle: How Two Continents Endeavor To Solve The Immigration Question, Austin Creal Jan 2019

The European And American Immigration Struggle: How Two Continents Endeavor To Solve The Immigration Question, Austin Creal

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Both the European Union and the United States experienced an immigration crisis in the Early 2000's. Each has reacted with policies and judicial opinions based on their culture, circumstances, and geography. I conduct a comparative policy-based analysis with a multi-faced lens that will be analyzed with emphasis on the consequences of immigration and how each judicial system endeavors to solve the most pressing challenge of their times. Specifically, I compare various case law, directives, and precedent to provide a more in-depth narrative on how each system has reacted to circumstances before their respective Courts. An in-depth examination of both ...


Memorialization & Legitimization In The United States: Case Studies Of The Holocaust And Civil Rights, Savannah C. Ferrante Jan 2019

Memorialization & Legitimization In The United States: Case Studies Of The Holocaust And Civil Rights, Savannah C. Ferrante

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

No abstract provided.


Social Media Communication By Michigan County And City Government, Courtney J. Marshall Jan 2018

Social Media Communication By Michigan County And City Government, Courtney J. Marshall

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

In this fast-paced society, municipal governments struggle to keep up with venues of communication to relay information to their public. As of 2017, an estimation of 23 million people follow Twitter accounts maintained by government entities. Residents depend on social media more than going to their represented municipal websites for information. Today, government employees struggle to produce information that the public can read and understand. The purpose of this study is to discover how cities and counties in Michigan use websites and social media and if a community's affluence affects governments' ability to communicate to their citizens through social ...


The Gendered Impact Of Neoliberalism: Violence And Exploitation Of Women Working In Maquiladoras, Alice Schyllander Jan 2018

The Gendered Impact Of Neoliberalism: Violence And Exploitation Of Women Working In Maquiladoras, Alice Schyllander

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The global production process relies on classism, racism, and sexism to generate a reliable workforce in the global south to produce goods for the global north. Women who work in maquiladoras in Mexico disproportionately occupy low-wage, dangerous jobs that leave them more vulnerable to violence both in the workplace and in their communities. The human rights of women workers in maquiladoras will not be realized until the domestic and international mechanisms that are intended to provide labor protections are strengthened. Better working conditions have been achieved in maquiladoras through grassroots organizing efforts.


The Effectiveness Of U.S. Development Assistance In Fostering Sustainable Development In Sub-Saharan Africa, Deborah Munganga Jan 2018

The Effectiveness Of U.S. Development Assistance In Fostering Sustainable Development In Sub-Saharan Africa, Deborah Munganga

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The Sub-Saharan region of Africa is one of the most resource-rich continents in the world, but it lacks economic growth. One of the factors contributing to its low economic development is its historical legacy of colonization, authoritarian regimes, and interstate and intrastate conflicts (Ocheni & Nwankwo, 2012; Bayeh, 2015). As a consequence, this sub-region, along with South Asia, has one of the world's lowest levels of per-capita income. The existing research on Sub-Saharan Africa indicates that little to no development occurs, due to how donor agencies implement aid programs. This paper examines whether U.S. development assistance has fostered sustainable growth in ...


Intentions Behind U.S.-Chinese Diplomacy, Ian Kelly Jan 2018

Intentions Behind U.S.-Chinese Diplomacy, Ian Kelly

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Relations with China are more important than ever not even just for the United States, but the whole world. With Donald Trump as our President for now, general relations with China are on unsteady water since there is no predicting what either side might do. With the importance of Chinese relations so topical today, the base of the official U.S.-China relations would be just as important. Many people think Richard Nixon was the President who established these ties with China, but it was actually Jimmy Carter. Jimmy Carter had to trek through the muck set by President Nixon ...


The Effects That War Has On Children And Child Soldiers, Breanna V. Kingsley Jan 2017

The Effects That War Has On Children And Child Soldiers, Breanna V. Kingsley

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The focus of this research is to help explain the effects that war has on children and child soldiers. The effects being researched include those of psychological, physical, emotional, economical, and educational effects. The type of war being analyzed in this research is civil war with case studies of countries such as the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Sudan, and the lraqi war. These cases are among the most violent, oppressive, cases involving children and/or child soldiers. The ultimate goal of this research is to discover and better understand what these children experience and how that ...


Civil Engagement In Argentina After The Last Dictatorship, Emily Hoffer Jan 2017

Civil Engagement In Argentina After The Last Dictatorship, Emily Hoffer

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

How has the legacy of the Argentine dictatorship affected civil engagement? This study helps understand I) dilemmas of an authoritarian regime's transition to democracy; 2) changes in the form of civic engagement, from conventional political participation to social movements; and 3) how civic engagement is influenced by the narratives and symbols that create historical memory. I will compare Argentina with similar political experiences of democratization and new social movements in Latin America since the late 1980s.


Effects Of Political Issues On Voting, Alexander Henry Jan 2017

Effects Of Political Issues On Voting, Alexander Henry

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Due to the historic unusualness of the recent 2016 presidential election, many are unsure of what to think of the political climate in the United States. Many of the well respected polling organizations were incorrect about the outcome of the election, and this has led many to question what the issues people find most relevant when voting are. One of the reasons they were so off is because many experts didn't believe someone could act the way Donald Trump acted, and still win. Of course, they were wrong and he is not the current President. In hopes of answering ...


Beyond Shelby County, Anthony Gonzalez Jan 2017

Beyond Shelby County, Anthony Gonzalez

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

In the aftermath of the 2016 elections there is ample data to examine trends in voter turnout across the states. This election cycle also provided the first national election in fifty years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Previously covered states and jurisdictions were no longer required to obtain preclearance in the enactment of voting legislation. This thesis will seek to answer which interest was being served by the new voting laws in several states and whether the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court had an impact on voter turnout ...


Global Markets And Inequalities: Changes In The Cuban Society, Melissa Dreffs Jan 2017

Global Markets And Inequalities: Changes In The Cuban Society, Melissa Dreffs

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The relationship that Cuba has with the United States and global markets is shifting. This project will address the changing mindset of Cuban society in regards to the global markets and internal changes that have already drastically affected the island and will continue to do so. The structure of employment in Cuba has changed, allowing the private and self-employed sectors to grow, while attracting fewer and fewer state employees. Additional analysis of the changing economic system in Cuba shows the increase in foreign investment, both by states and private corporations. This increase affects both national sovereignty and the role of ...


"We're Not Gonna Take It": An Examination Of Congress And Controversial Music, Elizabeth Krochmalny Jan 2017

"We're Not Gonna Take It": An Examination Of Congress And Controversial Music, Elizabeth Krochmalny

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the role that the United States Congress has played in the last half century in monitoring controversial music. There has always been a strong relationship between music and politics. The music of the Civil Rights Movement and the protest songs of the Vietnam War are prime examples. A brief summary provides a backdrop to the central focus of the thesis: congressional actions and hearings about music that took place in the 1980s. A number of the questions that will be addressed include the following: What was the context in which these events ...


International Political Economy: How Does Freedom Correlate With Economic Success?, Trevis Harrold Jan 2014

International Political Economy: How Does Freedom Correlate With Economic Success?, Trevis Harrold

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

It is thought by many that the size of a nation's economy determines the amount and kind of services that any individual in that nation can access. This paper explores how freedom affects a country's economic success in terms of GDP per capita. The conclusions are that the amount of freedom a country has, as determined by Freedom house measures, does have an effect on Gross Domestic Product per Capita.

Generally, the more freedom a country has the higher the GDP per capita is. Countries should promote and establish free regimes in order to have the best economic ...


Stemming The Tide: Reducing Health Care Cost Inflation Through Eliminating Waste, Nino Monea Jan 2014

Stemming The Tide: Reducing Health Care Cost Inflation Through Eliminating Waste, Nino Monea

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

This paper examines the issue of rising health care costs in the United States It begins by analyzing the growth in health care spending over the last several decades, notes the drivers of costs, and identifies areas of waste. At the end, policy alternatives are compared, a recommendation of price transparency is made.


The Eurozone Economic Crisis And The Divergent Paths Of Unity, Kaitlyn Hill Jan 2014

The Eurozone Economic Crisis And The Divergent Paths Of Unity, Kaitlyn Hill

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The Eurozone economic crisis, which began in 2008, has had far reaching and destructive effects on the future of Europe, its trading partners and the global economic system as a whole. In order to begin to understand the implications it has had on the future of Europe as a whole it is important to look at why different member countries suffered such divergent repercussions. This research seeks to explain this divergence by focusing on the experiences of Germany and France and comparing them to one another. The question to be answered is why has there been such a difference in ...


Facilitating Student Discussion: The Case Of A Political Scince [Sic] Class, Emma Fitzhugh Jan 2014

Facilitating Student Discussion: The Case Of A Political Scince [Sic] Class, Emma Fitzhugh

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

This case study analyzed four political science simulations in an introductory course with the intent to identify students learning from the simulation and in group collaboration. Though the discussion and collaboration between students surrounds political science topics, the skills students bring into the classroom and acquired during the course can be used in numerous professional fields. The presentation will focus on the scaffolding of assignments and learning that lead up to the classroom simulations. It will also highlight the skills students developed surrounding group collaboration and student's individual conclusions on decision making.


An Analysis Of The Extent Of Presidential Power In Regard To Drone Strikes, Kaitlyn Dugas Jan 2014

An Analysis Of The Extent Of Presidential Power In Regard To Drone Strikes, Kaitlyn Dugas

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Considerable controversy exists regarding the use of drones by the United States of America in the targeted killings of individuals overseas, including American citizens. The constitutionality of such strikes comes into question as well as whether the President even possesses adequate power, whether unitary or granted, to order the strikes against not only American citizens, who are obviously protected by the Constitution, but also foreigners to whom the Constitution may or may not apply. This study will take a look at presidential power from the perspective of each of the three branches of government within the United States and from ...


Practicing What We Teach: The Politics Behind Creating A State Social Studies Curriculum, Jacquelyn Visger Jan 2013

Practicing What We Teach: The Politics Behind Creating A State Social Studies Curriculum, Jacquelyn Visger

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Societal importance of the social studies fields is the key to what makes the development of social studies curriculum political. State standardized curricula adopted in the 1990s gave freedom to individual states to create their own standards on what information they were requiring their students to learn. The standards we require students to know inherently molds their political philosophy throughout schooling. By focusing attention on two separate cases, Texas and Michigan, inherent differences in the creation process of these standards are highlighted to show how the differences in the creation process have an effect on the standards document. This thesis ...


The Virtual Watercooler: Influences Of Political Comedy On Social Media Discussion, Andrew Abad Jan 2013

The Virtual Watercooler: Influences Of Political Comedy On Social Media Discussion, Andrew Abad

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

With the emergence of social media activity as a daily phenomenon for most Americans, online users are becoming greater consumers of political information, and are choosing to share that information through social media outlets. A virtual "watercooler effect" is created, in the form of online political debates and arguments. This study examines the connection between viewers of political comedy programmings (television shows like The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report) and political discussion on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Using a survey of EMU undergraduate students that measures political efficacy and media habits, in ...


Blood In The Wells: The Troubled Past And Perilous Future Of Us-Saudi Relations, Maxwell Czerniawski Jan 2010

Blood In The Wells: The Troubled Past And Perilous Future Of Us-Saudi Relations, Maxwell Czerniawski

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

Perhaps no region other than the Near East plays a more important role in the shaping of both the foreign and domestic policies of the United States. The 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent deployment of hundreds of thousands of US soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the massive budgetary burden placed upon the United States government (and, by extension, its citizens) as a result of the War on Terror, lay heavily upon the consciousness of the media and the concerns of the American people. Much recent focus has also been placed on the impact that the need ...


The Politics Of Higher Education And The Student Presidency, Regina Royan Jan 2010

The Politics Of Higher Education And The Student Presidency, Regina Royan

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The student body president is an advocate, spokesperson, figurehead and leader. The student presidency is a role that few get to experience and many do not understand. I have found that in my four years involved with student government at Eastern Michigan University and my recent interviews with several other student body presidents across the state that the power associated with an administration can vary greatly, but the nature of the office remains intact. Attempts were made to interview each of the student body presidents at the fifteen state sponsored universities in the state of Michigan. These student body presidents ...


The U.S. Policy Of Democracy Promotion In Latin America, Steven Gilbert Jan 2008

The U.S. Policy Of Democracy Promotion In Latin America, Steven Gilbert

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The U.S. policy of democracy promotion in Latin America has consisted of promoting governments that are favorable to U.S. political and economic interests rather than democracy itself. While the U.S. claims to have a tradition of “promoting democracy” in Latin America, justification for U.S. intervention has been questionable and inconsistent. U.S. support for Latin American regimes has coincided with favorable economic policies rather than with the strength of democracy within a country. Historically, the protection of resources for extraction has been one of the main goals of U.S. policy in Latin America. U.S ...


Women Politicians: Why The United States Has So Few, Rebecca Kurtz Jan 2008

Women Politicians: Why The United States Has So Few, Rebecca Kurtz

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

The United States has very few women political representatives, especially at the federal level. Many reasons exist for why women’s representation is not equal, including the power of incumbency and the persistence of gender roles which keep women from entering politics because of a general lack of education and a responsibility to care for one’s family. With the emergence of strong women like Hillary Clinton, the factors historically known to keep women from participating may not be applicable to today. These factors will be evaluated in expectation of finding what makes women politicians successful and what measures can ...


Supreme Court Bound: An Introduction Concerning The Intrinsic Subjectivity Of Supreme Court Decision-Making, Luke Hoorelbeke Jan 2005

Supreme Court Bound: An Introduction Concerning The Intrinsic Subjectivity Of Supreme Court Decision-Making, Luke Hoorelbeke

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

There are many theories behind Supreme Court decision-making that are primarily descriptive or normative. Descriptive theories attempt a hermetic explanation that sufficiently applies to all past decisions, and normative theories seek to create a rubric or method, also dependable, for how the justices of the Supreme Court should make decisions. Normative theories can be highly porous and problematic because they involve metaethical concerns like defining “the good.” Essentially, we must try to make “good” decisions all the time, but that ignores the problem of what “good” really means. The design of this essay is such that we will not deal ...


The Patriot Act And Its Infringment On Civil Liberties, Andaleeb Khalil Jan 2005

The Patriot Act And Its Infringment On Civil Liberties, Andaleeb Khalil

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

No abstract provided.


The Courts And The Politics Of Prison Reform, Heather L. Garvock Jan 2005

The Courts And The Politics Of Prison Reform, Heather L. Garvock

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

No abstract provided.


The Increasing Difficulties Facing American Elections And Possible Solutions, Karin M. Armour Jan 2004

The Increasing Difficulties Facing American Elections And Possible Solutions, Karin M. Armour

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

This thesis proposes that two of the most serious threats to modern American democracy are declining voter participation and rising perceptions of election fraud. The thesis provides examples that these problems do in fact exist and have been becoming more pronounced in the past twenty years. Of particular interest is that in many elections, especially local elections held separately from national elections, decisions are made by fewer than thirty percent of eligible voters, raising the question of how legitimate the elections really are. The advent of computerized voting is also important as it increases the perception that fraud can occur ...