I eat my popcorn
But do I taste sweet freedom?
Or Uncle Sam’s pit?
University of New South Wales
My thesis looked at the relationship between Hollywood and Washington, and how film influences the image of the United States in Europe intentionally through collaboration between policy and content and unintentionally through the domination of American culture and ideas in the global film market.
controlled by different ideas
University of Toronto
My thesis is on the influence of the interactions of conflicting ideas on changes in democratic institutions.
Two headed monster
Is too greedy to protect
All my belongings
Binghamton University (SUNY)
In my dissertation I explores a central government’s decision to either protect its citizens’ property or to instead create the incentives that encourage citizens to protect their own property. A central government protects its citizens’ property through centralized property protection mechanisms while individual citizens protect their own property through decentralized and private property protection mechanisms. I develop a formal model that suggests that a central government is less likely to protect its citizens’ property and more likely to allow the development of decentralized and private property protection mechanisms when the amount of tax revenue the central government receives from the citizen is low, the value of the product the citizen produces is low, and the amount of budgetary concerns the central government has is high. The empirical section of the dissertation analyzes the development of centralized, decentralized, and private property protection mechanisms in Nueva España in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
democrats will reach farther
than most autocrats.
Binghamton University (SUNY)
My project models the decision to deploy a military base overseas an Osborne and Rubinstein bargaining model in which a major power can choose which potential host state it wants to bargain with over deploying a base. Relevant variables, including target attractiveness, regime type, recent conflict, and location all condition the choice of likely deployment sites for a basing state. The formally derived and generalized hypotheses, as well as relevant variables gathered from the existing literature, are then tested using a data set for US overseas base deployments abroad from 1898 until 2003.
Adoptions and corruption
Perceptions: a curve!
University of Virginia
My M.A. thesis explores the parabolic correlation between corruption perceptions indices scores and international adoption outflows to America from 1996-2008. The World Bank and Transparency International perceptions scores proxy for stateness (more rule of law, less bad governance) – and not for corruption in ethically meaningful terms. Then again, corruption itself is defined in terms of rule of law (the letter) and not in terms of ethics (the spirit).
Welcome, winds of change!
Oppressors can’t pay the cost,
Your perfect storm strikes!
Katrina Nowak Dusek
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
My thesis investigates patterns of pre-transition opposition-regime interaction that affect post-transition democratic trajectory in East Central Europe. Specifically, I develop a model for pre-transition interaction, a “mobilization-liberalization cycle”, which is driven by the cost to a regime to repress an opposition. Five case studies demonstrate that in countries with comparatively mild regime atmospheres, patterns of interaction resulted in mature oppositions and therefore more favorable democratic trajectories. Conversely, in countries with severe regime atmospheres, such patterns did not develop and no mature opposition was formed. In these cases, regimes were able to dictate the terms of transition, and the path to democratic consolidation was compromised.
Artists have power
They can change the way we think
Politics take heed
Dissertation Title: Between Two Worlds: performance, politics, and the role of art in social change”
My research explores the role that the arts in general, and theatre in particular, play in effecting societal change – and the fact that traditional (academic) politics has ignored this in favor of theories that focus solely on the role of the state. I argue that art, as an expression of the voices of the people, has much of value to bring to the political process.
Calling people names
Denies individual choice
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
I research the construction/denial of identity through political discourse on violence.
Market was state-planned,
So was World War II.
University of Haifa, Israel.
My MA thesis deals with the relation between the rise of market economy in the early 19th century and its relation with modern totalitarianism, as reflected in the writings of selected postwar thinkers.
Welfare for elders
But nothing for our children.
Who are we kidding?
University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation title: The Age of Welfare: Citizens, Clients and Generations in the Development of the Modern Welfare State (2001).
Book title: Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers and Children (Cambridge UP, 2006)
My dissertation examined why some countries allocate the lion’s share of their social welfare resources to the elderly, while others have a more balanced profile of spending on working-aged adults and children. Italy, Japan, and the United States are examples of the former; Canada, the Netherlands, and Sweden are examples of the latter.
Voting cascades in
social networks spreading from
person to person.
James H. Fowler
Dissertation Title: “Emergence in Electoral Politics”
I investigated between-voter interactions in a social network model of voter turnout. I showed that as behavior spreads from person to person to person, a single decision to vote can influence dozens (sometimes hundreds) of other voters in a “turnout cascade.”
mosquitos in boots
vital interest war rages
state is isolate
University of Texas-Austin
Dissertation Title: Alliances by Any Other Name: The Causes and Variations of State Sponsored Terrorism
A reexamination of the state sponsorship of terrorism as an approximation of alliance behavior among states.
successful? Hell no
Matthew Alan Hill
Title: The Transition from Conflict to Post-Conflict: The Role of the Democratic Peace in the Policies of Presidents Clinton and Bush in Bosnia and Afghanistan
This thesis argues that America’s application of the democratic peace is the modern interpretation of the American Mission. As such, the democratic peace was implemented for the attainment of some of America’s national interests and values. The evidence suggests that the idealist-realist synthesis in US democracy promotion in the two cases is dominated by American national interests.
Now the Oppressed Rule:
From Their Plastic Chairs They Glow
New York University
My dissertation explores the psychological and interpersonal reactions to political quotas for scheduled castes – the former Untouchables – in rural India.
Terrorists bomb us
I ever seek reasons why
the good turn out worse
University of Lincoln, UK
My dissertation is examining the causes of Islamist terrorism, which looks at conflicts within the Middle East, the demise of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent rise in political Islam, and how the US, its foreign policy and actions in the Middle East have been a stated motivation in terrorist events (most notably by bin Laden). I’m also examining the ‘war on terror’ and its repercussions.
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