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Crafting Chaos: The Classification Of Unilateral Transfers Under The Current Account At Bretton Woods And Its Impact On Remittances To The Indian State Of Kerala, Anish Gawande Nov 2016

Crafting Chaos: The Classification Of Unilateral Transfers Under The Current Account At Bretton Woods And Its Impact On Remittances To The Indian State Of Kerala, Anish Gawande

Undergraduate Economic Review

This essay aims to analyse the classification of unilateral transfers under the current account at Bretton Woods despite significant opposition from larger delegations of major Allied powers, bringing to the forefront the global liquidity of remittances in the post-War years permitted by their fully currency convertible nature. Using the example of the Indian State of Kerala, this paper charts the relevance of their sustained uninterrupted flow to their subsequent exponential growth in the last three decades, using the case study as a pivot to argue for better policy measures that maximise their multiplier effect.


Kathleen Montgomery, Charlie Schlenker Jun 2016

Kathleen Montgomery, Charlie Schlenker

Interviews for WGLT

Donald Trump's rise as the Republican Party standard-bearer is reminiscent of how some far-right, populist European leaders took power in the 1980s. IWU political scientist Kathleen Montgomery on Trump and how he compares to other far-right world leaders of recent past.

A transcript of this interview is available at the download link above and to the right on this page.


Conceptualizing Congressional Organization: The Legacy Of Keith Krehbiel’S Informational Theory, Madalyn Browning-Perry Apr 2016

Conceptualizing Congressional Organization: The Legacy Of Keith Krehbiel’S Informational Theory, Madalyn Browning-Perry

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

A small-scale replication of Keith Krehbiel’s original test on the 99th Congress is carried out in this paper. This replication consists of four committees in the 112th Congress selected because of their symptomatic distributive tendency. The aim in this paper is to characterize committees as diverse in composition with heterogeneous high demanding members who possess different bits of information. Furthermore, this heterogeneity of membership is associated with a higher percentage of closed rules assigned to the committee by the House Committee on Rules. Though evidence supports Krehbiel’s assessment of committee composition, there does not appear to be a ...


Offline Student Political Activism: Supported Or Thwarted By Online Political Engagement?, Nicole M. Jovicevic Apr 2016

Offline Student Political Activism: Supported Or Thwarted By Online Political Engagement?, Nicole M. Jovicevic

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

Social media is an integral part of everyday life for the current generation of college-age students. Researchers debate whether the time invested into these sites has a positive or negative influence on offline political activism. Drawing on an original survey of undergraduate students at Illinois Wesleyan University, this study finds that online political engagement has a significant, positive relationship with offline political activism, and this relationship holds even when controlling for the respondent’s political efficacy and natural political inclination. There is a positive relationship between online and offline political activism for students who believe that social media is an ...


Belarus After Communism: Where To Now?, Preslav Mantchev Apr 2016

Belarus After Communism: Where To Now?, Preslav Mantchev

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

This paper examines the political development of Belarus since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Attention is devoted to the country’s internal politics, along with its foreign relations. Especially scrutinized is the de-facto dictatorial rule of president Alexander Lukashenko, along with the deteriorated relations between Belarus and powerful European states including Russia. A thorough historical context is provided, which identifies political violence and demographic change as causal factors for the country’s current political environment.


Are Women Winning? Does Descriptive Representation Of Women In Parliament Lead To Woman-Friendly Policy In Sub-Saharan Africa?, Molly Willeford Apr 2016

Are Women Winning? Does Descriptive Representation Of Women In Parliament Lead To Woman-Friendly Policy In Sub-Saharan Africa?, Molly Willeford

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

Under what conditions will women’s presence in elective office promote woman-friendly policies? The research outlined here will examine this question through a comparison of six Sub-Saharan African democracies (Benin, Botswana, Lesotho, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania). Women have been elected into sub-Saharan African parliaments in record numbers, but is this leading to increased substantive representation, or the enactment of policies that focus on benefitting women? Following a Most Similar Systems design, this research develops an original composite scale to measure woman-friendly policy and finds that there is no clear relationship between descriptive and substantive representation. The remainder of the ...


When Equal Is Not Always Fair: Senate Malapportionment And Its Effect On Enacting Legislation, Lindsey Alpert Apr 2016

When Equal Is Not Always Fair: Senate Malapportionment And Its Effect On Enacting Legislation, Lindsey Alpert

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

A brief and concise analysis on the current apportionment rules in the Senate and whether or not those rules affect enacted legislation. This was done to monitor whether the malapportioned Senate votes in accordance with the House. It is acknowledged in empirical literature that due to population variance some states are under-represented while others are over-represented. However, it has not been determined what effect, if any, this has on policy. The study was conducted by comparing pass rates of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on enacted legislation over the last decade. I conclude that, on ...


The Happiest Xenophobes On Earth: Examining Anti-Immigrant Sentiments In The Nordic Countries, Maggie Zeisset Apr 2016

The Happiest Xenophobes On Earth: Examining Anti-Immigrant Sentiments In The Nordic Countries, Maggie Zeisset

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

The Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland) are widely known as progressive, open and tolerant. However, in recent years these countries have witnessed growing intolerance towards immigrants, particularly Muslims. This intolerance is manifested in violent attacks against foreigners and the rise of far right, exclusionary populist parties. This paper seeks to understand what causes some citizens in these Nordic countries to embrace anti-immigrant xenophobic attitudes and other citizens to, not only reject, but to fight such views.


Authors’ Biographies Apr 2016

Authors’ Biographies

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

No abstract provided.


Letter From The Editors, Austin Aldag '15, Melissa Guzman '15 Apr 2016

Letter From The Editors, Austin Aldag '15, Melissa Guzman '15

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

No abstract provided.


Letter From The Department Chair, Greg M. Shaw Apr 2016

Letter From The Department Chair, Greg M. Shaw

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

No abstract provided.


Table Of Contents Apr 2016

Table Of Contents

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

No abstract provided.


Title Page Apr 2016

Title Page

Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research

No abstract provided.


Are Women Winning? Does Descriptive Representation Of Women In Parliament Lead To Woman-Friendly Policy In Sub-Saharan Africa?, Molly Willeford, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor Apr 2016

Are Women Winning? Does Descriptive Representation Of Women In Parliament Lead To Woman-Friendly Policy In Sub-Saharan Africa?, Molly Willeford, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor

John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

Oral presentation abstract.


It Takes A Latina Candidate, Melissa Guzman, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor Apr 2016

It Takes A Latina Candidate, Melissa Guzman, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor

John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

Oral presentation abstract.


The Happiest Xenophobes On Earth: Examining Anti-Immigrant Sentiments In The Nordic Countries, Maggie Zeisset, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor Apr 2016

The Happiest Xenophobes On Earth: Examining Anti-Immigrant Sentiments In The Nordic Countries, Maggie Zeisset, Kathleen Montgomery, Faculty Advisor

John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

Oral presentation abstract.


Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain Says Religion In Presidential Race Poses Risks, Judith Valente Feb 2016

Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain Says Religion In Presidential Race Poses Risks, Judith Valente

Interviews for WGLT

WGLT'S Judith Valente speaks to IWU Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger.

More information from the WGLT interview is available at the Download link above and to the right of the page.


The Local American Voter: Mayoral Election Turnout In Midsize American Cities, Austin Aldag Jan 2016

The Local American Voter: Mayoral Election Turnout In Midsize American Cities, Austin Aldag

Students' Professional Presentations and Publications

This poster was created for a presentation at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, Illinois. The paper this poster is presenting is Austin Aldag's honor thesis, which will be linked here after his defense.


The Local American Voter: Mayoral Election Turnout In Midsized American Cities, Austin Aldag Jan 2016

The Local American Voter: Mayoral Election Turnout In Midsized American Cities, Austin Aldag

Honors Projects

While the determining factors leading to the dismally low levels of voter turnout in national and statewide elections have been well studied, nowhere is turnout lower than in local elections, a particular area that is significantly understudied. Of the limited literature on local and mayoral elections, few examine cities below 250,000 in population. Rather, many examine mega-city elections, which are comparable to congressional or statewide elections. Utilizing an original dataset of 356 midsized (50,000-250,000 in population) American cities from the Midwest, South, and Northeast, this study examines the drivers of mayoral election turnout: election day circumstances, stakes ...