• Anger and the politics of compromise 

    Blank, Joshua M.; 0000-0003-0173-7015 (2015-12)
    In recent years, the inability of the federal government to respond to public policy crises with a timely, commensurate solution has been a seemingly regular cause for alarm. These inactions have not been due to constitutional ...
  • Constituting political freedom and the democratic way of life 

    Bilakovics, Steven Philip (2008-12)
    My project uncovers and explores the democratic sources of political cynicism. I contest the conventional view that the expanding gap between the near-universal acclaim accorded democratic principles and the near-total ...
  • Divided government, ideological polarization, and factional coalitions : a study of the House, 1947-2000 

    Svensen, Eric Paul (2010-12)
    To understand the dynamics of legislative gridlock, as well as account for the mixed and often conflicting findings in the divided government literature, this paper posits that the previous unidimensional approach of using ...
  • Framing the National School Lunch Program 

    Brock, Clare-Lieb Rivers (2012-12)
    The National School Lunch Program, established in 1946 under the National School Lunch Act, has grown from a commodity surplus distribution program in its early days, to its current incarnation as a nutrition program for ...
  • Politics during crises : a review of existing literature 

    Goodrich, Derrick Ian (2012-08)
    This MA Report explores existing literature pertaining to three aspects of politics during or directly following crises in the United States: state-building, suppression or expansion of civil liberties, and enduring ...
  • Principled abstention : a theory of emotions and nonvoting in U.S. presidential elections 

    Vandenbroek, Lance Matthew (2012-08)
    More than a half-century of behavioral political science has shaped the dominant view of American nonvoters in terms of their engagement and resource deficits. While nonvoters on average are indeed less educated, poorer, ...
  • Whirlpools of information: information processing in policy subsystems 1995-2010 

    Shafran, JoBeth Surface; 0000-0002-1471-9564 (2015-12)
    This project focuses on information processing in policy subsystems, specifically how congressional committees in the domestic commerce, energy, and health care policy areas prioritize available information, with an extended ...