EIU Political Science Review Fall 2013
EIU Political Science Review
Mariah Wallace - The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
The author offers her views and thoughts on Mazzetti’s book and its implications for the future of American foreign policy.
Ashley Shula - Do Women Justices Matter?
In recent years, women have started to have a considerable impact on the political process. While literature exists on women in Congress and in district court settings, little research exists on the role played by female Supreme Court Justices. The author attempts to shed light on the impact of female justices by assessing statements made by the justices, in addition to their voting records. The author finds that the new women Supreme Court Justices have had little impact so far, but offers that perhaps as time goes on, this will change.
William Beltran - Jonestown, Paradise Lost: An Investigation of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple
The author offers a fascinating, historical look at the life and actions of Jim Jones and his followers. Taking cues from throughout the troubled life of Jones, the author presents us with the harrowing details of how people can be corrupted, and the insatiable drive for power by the corrupters. Adding to the narrative, the author utilizes what other scholars have said about the Jonestown phenomenon.
Lindsey Juszczak - The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Cleaning Up Punctuated Equilibrium
The author uses the punctuated equilibrium model to assess the growth and continued path of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The author illustrates not only how the model helps to understand the initiative, but how the variables pertaining to the initiative also provide a greater understanding of the model, and how to change it. The author concludes by addressing how the model could change to be more responsive.