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The Supreme Court, Judicial Review, And American Democracy, Gary C. Roberts Aug 1996

The Supreme Court, Judicial Review, And American Democracy, Gary C. Roberts

Master's Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to find some rational justification for the existence of the Supreme Court and its power of judicial review within a democratic framework of government. The avenue I take to complete this task involves two aspects: (1) questioning the validity of American democracy, and (2) examining the effectiveness of various influences or restraints on the power of the Court.

My conclusions are somewhat mixed. First of all, I feel it more accurate to refer to American government not as a democracy but as a constitutional democracy. In that respect, we are a government with limited ...


Religious Influences On Voting Behavior During The 54th Session Of The Montana State Legislature: Catholics And The Religious Right, Brandon Holt Apr 1996

Religious Influences On Voting Behavior During The 54th Session Of The Montana State Legislature: Catholics And The Religious Right, Brandon Holt

Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Theses

There has been a great deal of interest in religious influence on voting behavior among legislators during the election of 1994 and to the present. This project explored the influence of Roman Catholic social justice teachings on the Catholic and religious right members of the Montana legislature in 1995. The relationship between religious affiliation of the legislators and voting was explored using the voting records of the Montana State legislators on several bills monitored by the Montana Catholic Conference, the liaison for the Montana bishops to the legislature. The votes were controlled for sex, political party, area of the state ...


Social Security In The United States - Systemic Problems And Reform Alternatives, Robert Haller Apr 1996

Social Security In The United States - Systemic Problems And Reform Alternatives, Robert Haller

Business, Accounting and Economics Undergraduate Theses

This thesis briefly covers the topic of Social Security's financial problems and alternative methods of reform. It is a subject that most working Americans and beneficiaries hold near and dear to their hearts and wallets. For all of the working years the employed have to contribute to Social Security, the least one would expect is financial security assistance from the system, when and if the need arises. Unfortunately, this may not be the case because Social Security may become insolvent in the near future. It may be headed toward financial ruin if drastic measures are not undertaken to resolve ...


The Role Of Information And Voting Cues In The Decision Making Process Of The Illinois Legislators 89th General Assembly, Farida H. Kapasi Jan 1996

The Role Of Information And Voting Cues In The Decision Making Process Of The Illinois Legislators 89th General Assembly, Farida H. Kapasi

Masters Theses

The most important variable in a decision making situation is the role of information. On the strength of information received, choice between competing alternatives is made. One decision making situation that receives intense scrutiny, and is a subject of much debate is the passage of bills into laws. Legislative decisions are arrived at in a highly charged political environment. This paper explores the role of information and informants in the legislators' institutional and environmental arena, and the personal characteristics of the legislators that influence the decision making process.

The proceedings of the 89th Illinois General Assembly was observed and the ...