As one of the liberal arts, Government - also called political science - teaches students how to think and communicate about politics. A Government major can dissect and evaluate actual or proposed courses of political action by analyzing the evidence for and against them, setting them in historical and comparative perspective, and relating them to ends that are prized or feared.

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  • The effect of globalization on voter turnout 

    Djukic, Dragana (2016-07-06)
    Despite significant efforts to understand the recent decline of voter turnout in democratic societies, the empirical explanations behind this development as well as regarding the overall cross-national variation in turnout ...
  • Does prioritizing education yield better learning outcomes? Evidence from Latin America 

    Apfeld, Brendan Burns; 0000-0002-6506-2363 (2016-05-17)
    What effect does government prioritization of education have on education outcomes? I argue that when governments prioritize education, as measured by levels of relative spending and the average tenure of education ministry ...
  • Buying support without brokers : conditional cash transfers in Turkey and Argentina 

    Tafolar, Mine; 0000-0001-5184-456X (2015-04-14)
    This master’s report examines how the implementation of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs, which allocate benefits according to objective poverty criteria, affect entrenched patterns of clientelism, that is, the ...
  • Beyond the balance sheet : performance, participation, and regime support in Latin America 

    Rhodes-Purdy, Matthew Henry; 0000-0002-5791-3332 (2016-06-20)
    Most studies on regime support focus on performance, or policy outputs, as the principal causal variable. This study challenges this conventional wisdom by focusing on two countries where performance and support do not ...
  • Problem expansion and solution containment : news coverage and the climate debate 

    Wolfe, Michelle Anne 1979- (2016-06-14)
    This project focuses on how news coverage of climate change structures policy debates to examine its role in slowing down the momentum for large-scale policy change, such as cap-and-trade legislation. I present a theory ...
  • Natural right or history? The Lincoln-Douglas debates and the moral foundations of liberalism 

    Moslander, Margaret Elizabeth (2015-12-03)
    This paper re-examines the Lincoln-Douglas debates through a comparison of two works on the subject: Harry Jaffa’s Crisis of the House Divided and John Burt’s Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas and Moral Conflict. ...
  • Will they or won't they: UN peacekeeping deployment to conflicts 

    Lange, Brian Patrick (2015-12)
    This report examines the trends in deployment of peacekeeping troops by the United Nations to conflict areas. I argue that the most important factor in the decision by the UN Security Council of whether or not to send ...
  • American military presence abroad: trends and analsysis 

    Stravers, Andrew Joel; 0000-0002-2458-2784 (2015-12-04)
    This paper examines one basic question: what explains trends in American military deployments abroad? In other words, why does the U.S. military establish a non- combat presence in particular countries and at particular ...
  • On Plato's Hipparchus 

    Bellows, Samuel Palmer; 0000-0001-9270-3296 (2015-09-23)
    The Hipparchus, Plato’s short dialogue on the love of gain, generally receives little attention from contemporary scholars. This essay, however, argues that Socrates’ brazenly amoral defense of seeking gain provides deep ...
  • An analysis of Plato's Meno 

    Duggan, Nicholas James (2015-10-16)
    This thesis offers an analysis of Plato’s Meno, in which the Greek philosopher addresses more directly than in any other dialogue the character of human virtue. Believing that Plato has considerable guidance to offer us ...

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