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Lessons From The Other Side: What Peacekeeping And Counterinsurgency Can Teach One Another, Andrea M. Lopez 2010 Susquehanna University

Lessons From The Other Side: What Peacekeeping And Counterinsurgency Can Teach One Another, Andrea M. Lopez

Susquehanna University Political Review

No abstract provided.


Bite-Sized Democracy: The Virtues Of Incremental Change, Peter Mills 2010 The University of Maine

Bite-Sized Democracy: The Virtues Of Incremental Change, Peter Mills

Maine Policy Review

In the Margaret Chase Smith Essay, Peter Mills draws on his long years of public service in both houses of the Maine Legislature to reflect on the values of gradual, incremental change in public policy.


The Dignity Of Voters—A Dissent, James A. Gardner 2010 University at Buffalo School of Law

The Dignity Of Voters—A Dissent, James A. Gardner

Journal Articles

Since the waning days of the Burger Court, the federal judiciary has developed a generally well-deserved reputation for hostility to constitutional claims of individual right. In the field of democratic process, however, the Supreme Court has not only affirmed and expanded the applications of previously recognized rights, but has also regularly recognized new individual rights and deployed them with considerable vigor. The latest manifestation of this trend appears to be the emergence of a new species of vote dilution claim that recognizes a constitutionally grounded right against having one’s vote “cancelled out” by fraud or error in the casting ...


New York’S Inbred Judiciary: Pathologies Of Nomination And Appointment Of Court Of Appeals Judges, James A. Gardner 2010 University at Buffalo School of Law

New York’S Inbred Judiciary: Pathologies Of Nomination And Appointment Of Court Of Appeals Judges, James A. Gardner

Journal Articles

The practice of selecting judges by popular election, commonplace among the American states, has recently come in for a good deal of criticism, much of it well-founded. But if popular election of judges is a bad method of judicial selection, what ought to replace it? Opponents of judicial election typically treat gubernatorial appointment as self-evidently better. New York’s experience with gubernatorial appointment to its highest court, the Court of Appeals, suggests that greater caution is in order. Although New York’s current method of selecting Court of Appeals judges was designed to be wide open and based entirely on ...


Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi 2010 Messiah College

Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

The purpose of this research was to explore Mennonite involvement in prison ministry and reform in Pennsylvania. Historically, Mennonites have emphasized church-state separation, creating their own organizations for social change rather than becoming involved in existing government institutions. This is true with hospitals, schools, and ministries around the globe. But very little research exists on Mennonite involvement in the United States prison system. Based on the other aforementioned areas, it seems logical to assume Mennonites are not active in politically reforming correctional facilities; but they would minister to prisoners and their families, seeking whole and healthy communities. Is that assumption ...


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

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 ...


Reducing Recidivism In The State Of California: An Evaluation Of California's Prison And Parole Programs, Heidi C. Wolfgruber 2010 Claremont McKenna College

Reducing Recidivism In The State Of California: An Evaluation Of California's Prison And Parole Programs, Heidi C. Wolfgruber

CMC Senior Theses

Studies in the past few years have found that California has the highest recidivism rate in the nation. Until just a few decades ago, many did not believe that the rate of recidivism could be decreased for Robert Martinson’s 1974 study stated that “nothing worked” when trying to rehabilitate criminals. However, a renewed interest has proven that criminals can be rehabilitated. Thus, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), as well as various independent researchers have begun to study the effects of programming on inmates. This thesis evaluates various California in-prison and parole programs in order to determine ...


The Politic 2010 Winter, The Politic, Inc. 2010 Yale University

The Politic 2010 Winter, The Politic, Inc.

The Politic

No abstract provided.


Can Mature Democracies Be Perfected?, Guy-Uriel Charles 2010 Duke Law School

Can Mature Democracies Be Perfected?, Guy-Uriel Charles

Faculty Scholarship

One of the more vexing questions about democracy that is often debated among political theorists, political scientists, and legal scholars is whether the democratic character of mature democracies can be improved. From one view, that of democratic realists, mature democracies are perfected as a matter of definition and as a matter of realistic expectations. Because mature democracies are those that respect core democratic principles, variations outside the core are simply policy differences based upon each democratic polity’s willingness to engage in a different set of trade-offs. For democratic realists, variations in democratic practice that are not related to core ...


President Obama, Public Participation, And An Agenda For Research And Experimentation, Thomas Bryer 2009 University of Central Florida

President Obama, Public Participation, And An Agenda For Research And Experimentation, Thomas Bryer

Thomas A Bryer

The Obama Administration has offered citizens and onlookers from other nations a host of innovative efforts to make the United States federal government more open, participatory, and collaborative. In this issue of the International Journal of Public Participation, a set of invited authors consider the varying levels of success of this work demonstrated thus far and raise important research and practical questions for the Administration and others who might learn from the Administration’s experiences. In this introduction, some of these questions are reviewed and notable practices are summarized. Ultimately, it is concluded that, though the Administration is still young ...


Conservatism And American Political Development, Brian Glenn 2009 Wesleyan University

Conservatism And American Political Development, Brian Glenn

Brian J. Glenn

No abstract provided.


"Who Is My Mother? Family, Nation, Discipleship And Debates On Immigration", Michael Budde 2009 DePaul University

"Who Is My Mother? Family, Nation, Discipleship And Debates On Immigration", Michael Budde

Michael Budde

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Public Engagement In The Obama Administration: Building A Democracy Bubble?, Thomas Bryer 2009 University of Central Florida

Public Engagement In The Obama Administration: Building A Democracy Bubble?, Thomas Bryer

Thomas A Bryer

Following the Bush Administration, the Obama team enhanced access for citizens to participatory venues. Extending and enhancing access gives citizens opportunity to develop their citizenship skills, potentially influence policy, and potentially become better connected to community life. The Administration can be applauded for participatory innovations, but the Administration needs to proceed strategically to ensure the innovations do not produce more harm than good and to ensure that the real change they are producing is not whisked away in the next Administration as rapidly as an information cascade infects the citizenry. This article develops the idea of a democracy bubble as ...


Living Democracy In Theory And Practice: Getting Dirty In A Local Government Incorporation Process, Thomas Bryer 2009 University of Central Florida

Living Democracy In Theory And Practice: Getting Dirty In A Local Government Incorporation Process, Thomas Bryer

Thomas A Bryer

Poinciana, Florida is a growing community in Central Florida. The master homeowners association contracted for an incorporation feasibility study to determine whether Poinciana could survive as a city. This article describes the public participation process designed and implemented as part of the feasibility study and articulates the goals, principles, and venues of the design, the challenges or barriers confronted, and suggestions for revisions to statutory guidelines for incorporation are described with the purpose of moving towards the institutionalization of public participation as a cultural norm.


African-American Representation In The Georgia General Assembly: Agents For Change, Peter Wielhouwer 2009 Western Michigan University

African-American Representation In The Georgia General Assembly: Agents For Change, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Review Of Timothy J. Sullivan. New York State And The Rise Of Modern Conservatism: Redrawing Party Lines. (State University Of New York Press, 2008), Brian Glenn 2009 Wesleyan University

Review Of Timothy J. Sullivan. New York State And The Rise Of Modern Conservatism: Redrawing Party Lines. (State University Of New York Press, 2008), Brian Glenn

Brian J. Glenn

No abstract provided.


"The Story Of Good Citizenship: Framing Recycling In The Context Of Duty-Based And Engaged Citizenship", Donna Lybecker, Mark McBeth, Kacee Garner 2009 Idaho State University

"The Story Of Good Citizenship: Framing Recycling In The Context Of Duty-Based And Engaged Citizenship", Donna Lybecker, Mark Mcbeth, Kacee Garner

Donna L. Lybecker

Recent studies have explored the dimensions of duty-based versus engaged citizenship. These studies assert that individuals differ on the question of "what is a good citizen." Young individuals, in particular, are more likely to follow an engaged citizen view of citizenship. Engaged citizens are more participatory, global, and committed to social justice more than their duty-based counterparts. In this article we examine, with an innovative methodology and merging of citizenship and framing literature, the potential effects of increased engaged citizenship on policy issues. Our questions examine the characteristics of duty-based or engaged citizens and explore whether duty-based and engaged citizens ...


The Polarized Presidency: Depth And Breadth Of Public Partisanship, Brian Newman, Emerson Siegle 2009 Pepperdine University

The Polarized Presidency: Depth And Breadth Of Public Partisanship, Brian Newman, Emerson Siegle

Brian Newman

This essay examines the extent of partisan polarization in the public's views of the president from 1972 to 2008, extending earlier studies by placing the George W. Bush administration in historical context and exploring the depth and breadth of polarization. The authors find that the party gap in presidential approval has grown significantly over time. Moreover, more inpartisans strongly approve of the president and more outpartisans strongly disapprove. In addition, polarization has become broader as assessments of economic conditions, the president's handling of foreign relations, perceptions of the ideological difference between the president and citizens, and views of ...


Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer 2009 Western Michigan University

Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Talking To Millennials: Policy Rhetoric And Rhetorical Narratives In The 2008 Presidential Campaign, Donna Hoffman, Alison Howard 2009 University of Northern Iowa

Talking To Millennials: Policy Rhetoric And Rhetorical Narratives In The 2008 Presidential Campaign, Donna Hoffman, Alison Howard

Alison Dana Howard

The 2008 U.S. election was arguably the most important election of our lifetime: the first African American president was elected to office; the candidacy of Sarah Palin marked only the second time that a major party ticket included a female; and the electoral performance of young citizens - digital natives, greatly attracted by digital media - signaled the highest turnout in a long time.Taking all these issues into consideration, this book offers a landmark examination of the 2008 election from a global perspective, with emphasis on the wide range of digital media utilized by the campaigners and how campaign communication ...


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