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2013

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

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A Step Toward Understanding Trust In The Government, Ted Delicath '13 Apr 2013

A Step Toward Understanding Trust In The Government, Ted Delicath '13

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Over the last fifty years, trust in government has declined. This paper seeks to further the understanding of trust in government. Using ordinal level survey data from 1998-2012, a crosstabular analysis is used to test governmental trust with broad and specific policy areas. This research challenges part ofPopkin and Dimock’s (2000) research, which asserts that citizens use trust as a heuristic for both broad and specific questions about the government. The empirical findings suggest that citizens distrust the government broadly but trust a wide range of programs implemented by the very government they distrust.


Promoting Democracy In Ethnically Divided Societies: The Benefits Of Combining Partition And Power-Sharing, Abigail Carter '13 Apr 2013

Promoting Democracy In Ethnically Divided Societies: The Benefits Of Combining Partition And Power-Sharing, Abigail Carter '13

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Recent conflict resolutions have attempted to explain the best route ofresolving ethnic conflicts within divided societies. This research attempts to engage in the recent debate surrounding conflict resolution which highlights the effects of partition and power-sharing programs upon democratic consolidation. By using a focused-structured comparison of three cases, partition is found to be insufficient in attaining democracy. A combination of partition and power-sharing leads to more democratic consolidation within divided societies. Further, a society which is affluent and gender equal, neighbors other liberal democracies, and fully develops power-sharing institutions will enjoy significant advantages in securing stable and lasting democratic outcomes.


It's My Party And I'Ll Institutionalize If I Want To: Party System Institutionalization In Young Democracies, Zoe Gross '13 Apr 2013

It's My Party And I'Ll Institutionalize If I Want To: Party System Institutionalization In Young Democracies, Zoe Gross '13

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Scholars today mostly agree that party system institutionalization (PSI) is a key ingredient in the transition to a functioning democracy. The question of whether PSI matters is more or less resolved. What is less clear is a general theory of what can help new democracies reach a high level of PSI. The aim of this research is to discover the pre-conditions and elite choices that enhance the level of PSI in new democracies. This research uses two Most Different System designs to explore the results of ten hypotheses that test the relationship between the level of PSI and an array ...


Bubble Pop: An Analysis Of Asian Pop Culture And Soft Power Potential, Nick Desideri '13 Apr 2013

Bubble Pop: An Analysis Of Asian Pop Culture And Soft Power Potential, Nick Desideri '13

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Despite scholarly work on Northeast Asia’s growing economic influence, few authors have adequately addressed the region’s increasing cultural clout as well. This paper aims to address this cultural impact in a specific diplomatic context in regards to the South Korea and Japan, and whether their respective pop cultures can be viewed as a source of soft power. An analysis of various academic works and media stories concludes that 1) neither country has been able to turn their soft power resources into actual political leverage, though 2) Japan’s mishandling of its national branding puts South Korea in a ...


Why They Rise Up, Or Not: A Study Of Linguistic Minorities And Ethnic-National Mobilization, Yelei Kong '13 Apr 2013

Why They Rise Up, Or Not: A Study Of Linguistic Minorities And Ethnic-National Mobilization, Yelei Kong '13

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Most theories ofnationalism focus on majority nationalism and do not provide an adequate explanation of the inaction of most ethnic minorities. This paper adopts the political process model from social movement theory to study the factors that prompt linguistic minorities to mobilization on ethno-national grounds. Using a large-N statistical model with data drawn from the Minority at Risk database, the results indicate that the higher capacity, the more opportunity for action, and the better the issue is framed, the more likely linguistic minorities would mobilize.


Power And Fear: Explaining The Authoritarian Personality, Ryan Winter '13 Apr 2013

Power And Fear: Explaining The Authoritarian Personality, Ryan Winter '13

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As the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And also me.” Truer words were never spoken. Actually, these words were never spoken, but were lifted from an article in The Onion, in which the deceased Roosevelt advises Americans to lay aside all other fears and come together in mutual terror of his haunting specter. Sadly, many Americans pay no heed to this sage advice, and continue to be scared stiff by gays, foreigners, taxes, global climate change, and anything else that threatens to interrupt the flow of their life. Bob Altemeyer ...


Authors' Biographies Apr 2013

Authors' Biographies

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Letter From The Department Chair, James Simeone Apr 2013

Letter From The Department Chair, James Simeone

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Editors' Introduction, Zoe Gross '13, Yelei Kong '13 Apr 2013

Editors' Introduction, Zoe Gross '13, Yelei Kong '13

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Table Of Contents Apr 2013

Table Of Contents

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Res Publica Xviii Apr 2013

Res Publica Xviii

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