The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of politics and government, domestically and abroad. This includes the study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts, and administrative agencies; political organizations through which individuals and groups seek to reshape the political landscape, including parties, interest groups, and social movements; public policies that reflect governmental efforts to regulate the actions of individuals and corporations, including civil rights, immigration, and environmental policy; and the interactions between and among nation-states and transnational organizations that shape patterns of trade and development, conflict and cooperation, war and peace.

This page contains all publications submitted to SURFACE written by students, faculty, and staff in the department.

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2011

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From Donorship to Ownership? Evolving Donor-Government Relationships in Rwanda, Haley Swedlund

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Utilization of the New York State Division of Human Rights, Sarah Turney

2010

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Surfing for problems: Agenda setting strategy in environmental advocacy, Jessica E. Boscarino

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Changing Constituencies and International Trade: The Role of Organized Labor on the Trade Platform of the Democratic Party, Chad Ivan Brooker

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The Backyard Effect How the Experience of Impacts of Climate Change Affects Opinion and Discourse, Kevin Eggleston

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Reflections of a Young Journalist Working Within The Parliament of the United Kingdom, Joe Frandino

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Contesting state identity and foreign policy: German anti-militarism in shades of red and green, Asli Ilgit

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The Supreme Court that Stole…Christmas? Measuring the Fallout from Lynch and Allegheny: A Critique of the Establishment Clause and Religious Displays, Deidre E. Kalenderian

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Legitimacy in a post-national context: Efficiency and democracy in the European Union, Everita Silina

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The Televised Presidential Debate: Decreasing Effectiveness and the Impact of the New Media Spin in the Fourth Age, Marcus Stevens

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Dual Citizenship in Asia, Mindy Eiko Tadai

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In defense of the new working class? Labor union embeddedness, labor migration and immigrant integration, Erika Adrienne Wilkens

2009

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Civilian protection and humanitarian organisations: Rationality or culture?, Sreeram Chaulia

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The Effect of the Political Process on Education: Political Corruption and Education in Paterson, New Jersey, Curtis Martell Eatman

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The Political Application of Humor, Matthew K. Harris

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Native American Elementary Education in the Syracuse City School District: A Microcosm of the Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Tribal Sovereignty, Margaret Eleni McWeeney

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Under the influence: Has MADD's policy agenda limited the Elks' capability to create social capital?, John C. Mero

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Disruption and stability: A study of the effects of inter-community mobility on political participation, Hector L. Ortiz

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Civil and Religious Law in England: A Student's Perspective, Kaitlin H. Pennington

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More than truth: Democracy and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Emily Brooke Rodio

2008

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Lacking legitimacy: Race, gender and the social construction of African American women in welfare policy 1935--2006, Dionne Bensonsmith

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The separation of powers: A framework for guiding judicial decision making when the executive limits individual liberties during armed hostilities, Amanda DiPaolo

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Presidential Signing Statements: Expanding the Assessment ot Include Policy as well as Constitutional Implications, Matthew A. Gass

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The politics of the American dream: Locke and Puritan thought revisited in an era of open immigration and identity politics, Cyril Arijit Ghosh

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The Federal Minimum Wage, Political Thought and Citizenship, Thomas P. Hackman

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The Gap Between the Ideal and The Reality How High Stakes Testing Causes The United States and China to Fall Short of Creating Well-Rounded Students, Adam L. Jones

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A Student’s Guide to the Unique Iranian Theocracy, Evan Linhardt

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Organizational cooperation in crises: A conceptual framework, Lina Maria Lovisa Svedin

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Impoverished democracy: Economic inequality, residential segregation, and the decline of political participation, Amy Melissa Widestrom

2007

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Welfare populism and the rural poor: Comparing microcredit provision in India, Srikrishna Ayyangar

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Baznegari Tarikh-e Andishe dar Dowreh Reza Shah" (A Review of the Intellectual History of Reza Shah's, Mehrzad Boroujerdi

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Governance of transboundary environmental crisis in the Aral Sea Basin: The role of Uzbek environmental NGOs, Cagri Erdem

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Transnational political activism in American Cuban, Jewish, and Irish communities, Brett Sheridan Heindl

2006

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Between negotiation and confrontation: Understanding China's Taiwan policy redirections in the 1990s, Shang-chih Chen

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Sparta in Babylon: Case studies in the public philosophy of soldiers and civilians, Darrell W. Driver

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A gendered pipeline? The advancement of state legislators to Congress in five states, Mack David Mariani

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The project of political epistemology, politics and the criteria of truth, Alireza Shomali

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Poetry’s Outsiders: Why the Academy Should Embrace Poetry Slam and Its Audiences, Jessica G. Simon

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Black Spots: Insecurity from beyond the horizon, Bartosz Hieronim Stanislawski

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Upward Bound's success in Interest Group Politics, Jessica Yusaitis

2005

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In confidence: Information technology, secrecy and the state, R. Christopher Bronk

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Understanding the relationship between new networked information technology and governance in China and South Korea, Jongpil Chung

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The American Democracy in the 21st Century, Richard A. Cocozza

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The Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on American Education, Eva Downing Rippeteau

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European Union defense integration and the effects on militarily non-allied member states: The cases of Finland and Sweden, Johan Leif Eliasson

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Bridging the bureaucratic divide: Using GPRA and the PMA to enhance the career manager and political appointee relationship, Dana Michael Harsell

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Overcoming ineffective institutions: Alternative approaches to international fisheries conservation, Dexter C. Payne

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What is Constitutional Democracy? A Comparative Analysis Between The United States and The European Union, Rebecca Tweed

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The USA PATRIOT Act and the Alien and Sedition Acts A Comparative Analysis, David Wicclair

2004

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Grain contract farming in the United States: Two case studies, Paul Richard Edleman

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Making foreign policy: Presidential management, advisors and the foreign policy decision-making process, David Mitchell

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Winning global policies: The network-based operation of microfinance NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1996--2002, Anna Ohanyan

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The role of ideas in coalition government foreign policymaking: Turkey as an example, 1991--2002, Binnur Ozkececi-Taner

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Achieving access: Groups, processes, and American political development, McGee Wester Young

2003

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Civil society and development in Nigeria: An exploratory study of student attitudes and perceptions in 1992, Rodney Devi Cunningham

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Development, gold and mining in the Brazilian Amazon: Women's labor in Garimpagem, Jeannette Graulau

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The economic trend in immigration policy: A comparative analysis of the entrepreneur/investor program in Canada, United States and Australia, Sharon L. Jones

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Structure, ideology, institution, and social movement vitality: A comparative study of evangelical Christian political activities in South Korea and the United States, Won-Geun Kang

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From woman's club to NGO: The changing terrain of women's civic engagement in the mid-twentieth century United States, Anne Lanethea Mathews-Gardner

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The role of transnational non-governmental organizations in the disposition of chemical and nuclear weapons in the United States: A comparative analysis, Agnes Gereben Schaefer

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Reorganizing China: A study of China's restructurings of government since 1978, Yandong Zhang

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Democratic ideas, understandings, practices and attitudes among students in post-communist Hungary, 1989--2001, Frank Thomas Zsigo

2002

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Sources of Canadian political values: A comparison of teacher and student cohorts, socialization agents and province differences, Krisan L. Evenson

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The political means and social service ends of decentralization in Poland: The story of Poland's mid-level public administration reform and its effect on social service delivery, Janelle Arlene Kerlin

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Rethinking sovereignty: The domestic politics of Europeanization in Europe's southeastern periphery, Nicole Renee Lindstrom

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Contesting competitiveness: The impact of globalization and competitiveness in the post-Fordist era, Michael Scott Solomon

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Measuring informatization: A longitudinal cross-national exploration, Anthony Elias Tsougranis

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Dirtbag cars: Proactive policing, minorities, and the poor, Lori Beth Way

2001

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The electoral behavior of American Catholics: An examination and explanation, Mark D. Brewer

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A re-reading of Supreme Court zoning cases regulating pornography, Lynn M. Eckert

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Power and destiny: The International Space Station and United States foreign policy: Bridging two policy worlds, Karl Andrew Leib

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Who(se) rules (for) the Internet? Regime formation and global public policy for the information age, Jeffrey William Seifert

2000

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Ethnoterritorial justice: A pragmatic analysis of arguments linking social identities to constitutional reform in Belgium and Canada, Neal Alan Carter

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School voucher policy and parents: Education as a private good?, Lois Elaine Halchin

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Elite and mass perceptions of legitimacy in China: An empirical exploration of the Pudong New Area (1995), An-min Kuo

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Jobs and politics: Politicizing United States employment experience under conditions of growing inequality, Mary Patricia McGuire

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Common ground: Understanding Congress, the executive and control of the administrative state through statutes, R. Eric Petersen

1999

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From resistance to governance: South African women's transformation of parliament, Hannah Evelyn Britton

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In between science and decision: A study of policy frames and the global climate discourse, Bruce Winfield Dayton

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Public nuisances: Women's groups and the significance of their activities in post-communist Hungary, Katalin Fabian

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Deciding to leave: The politics of departure in the United States Supreme Court from John Rutledge to Harry Blackman, Artemus Ward

1998

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"Let your minds be remade": Protestants and politics in Mexico, Lynda Kristen Barrow

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The logic of security dilemmas: A speech act analysis of the INF treaty negotiations, Brian Keith Frederking

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Interactive civic education: Effective political learning for citizenship in democratic Russia, Sheri Lynn Frost

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The organizational politics of Leninism: A study of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Liberation, Shishir Kumar Jha

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Sparks and embers: The HIV/AIDS pandemic, public administration and international relations in the twenty-first century, Peter Angelo Mameli

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Political institutionalization of party systems in transitional countries: A comparative analysis of the Baltic states, Russia, and Ukraine, Andrey Anatoliy Meleshevich

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Escape to the mountains: A case study of the Church Universal and Triumphant, Bradley Christian Whitsel

1997

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The Cypriot 'ethnic' conflict in the production of global power, Anna M. Agathangelou

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Between sovereignty and integration: German foreign policy and national identity, Jonathan Paul Gregory Bach

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It takes a soldier...: The effects of post-Cold War military socialization on the identity of West Point cadets, Volker C. Franke

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Origins of the developmental state in Korea: A social constructivist approach, Jongwoo Han

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The changing construction of partisan identity: Party stereotypes of the American electorate, 1952-1994, James Sven Josefson

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More than NIMBY: The Not-In-My-Backyard syndrome and community responses to controversial and opposed scientific and technological (COST) facility siting attempts in New York State, Mark John O'Gorman

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Building China's civil service: Incorporating a Western model and Chinese characteristics, Caroline Hai-Yan Tong

1996

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Sovereignty evolved: An analysis of the evolution of international relations from "territorial concerns" to "economic interests" in the twentieth century United States-Canada trade relationship, Nancy Elizabeth Bell

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Politics of language revival: National identity and state building in Kazakhstan, Bhavna Dave

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Race and welfare: Racial disparities in treatments and outcomes among VIEW participants, Susan Tinsley Gooden

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The European Union and integration theories: The case of Europe's defense industry, Terrence Robert Guay

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Political control of the bureaucracy in the cycle of shared power, James Edward Vike