Research Papers on Political Theory

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  • Applying Grid Group Paradigm to Public Sector Management

    The grid group paradigm nay be used to assess and analysis culture. The writer explains the model and shows how it can be used in public sector management. The paper is made up of an essay, a PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes. Four sources are cited in the bibliography of this seventeen page paper.

  • Democracy in Europe

    A 9 page paper discussing points and implications of Larry Siedentop's "Democracy in Europe," which calls for and encourages the development of a constitutional republic of Western European nations. A separate PowerPoint® presentation also is available. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • German Philosophy: Family, Society and Government

    This 24 page bundle includes a 20 page paper, 12 Powerpoint slides and complimentary slide notes. The content focuses on of Marx, Nietzsche, Hegel, Kant and Habermas. How each theorist contemplated family, society and government in the context of German political ideology is considered. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Cell Phone Industry and Government Regulations

    A 5 page discussion of the difficulties the government has experienced in various industries in trying to regulate technology that is in high demand by the public. Using numerous examples other industries the author contends that governmental attempts at regulating the cell phone industry will be difficult even if definitive and quantitative risks regarding cancer are identified. Without clear substantiated risks the task will be near impossible. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Florida's Election Primary of 2002

    A 6 page discussion of the multitude of problems which repeated themselves once again in the September 2002 primary elections in South Florida. This paper outlines those problems and suggests that the solution lies in better communication within the extremely diverse community and better state oversight of the election process. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Singapore History since WWII

    This 5 page paper evaluates the political history of Singapore. Many facts are included. Freedom of expression is discussed as a problem in this lucrative nation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Student Question on a Person's Obligation to Obey Community Law

    This 3 page paper answers a question posed by a student by looking at Aristotle and Socrates' reasoning. The question answered is "Does being born, staying, and living in a community give a person an absolute obligation to obey the laws of that community?" Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Global History and the Significance of Political Ideology

    This 5 page paper looks at social change, economics, ideology and environment and concludes that political ideology has had the most significant impact on world history. Each subject is discussed and examples are provided. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • History, Revolution, and Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto

    This 5 page report discusses The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Karl Marx’s declaration, in the most simplistic terms, was that all events are determined by economic forces. The Manifesto was much more than a “literary and philosophical work,” -- it was also a revolutionary document, a plan to battle and a call to arms, and a reflection of the history of humanity in the Western world. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton's Living History

    A 12 page paper which examines Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book “Living History” and then discusses it in relationship to leadership theories and practices. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • The History of States vs. Federal Rights.

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of the tug of war between states rights and the rights of the federal government. The Federalist Papers are used in the analysis. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • US Democracy and its Legitimacy

    The common view of democracy in the United States is based on existing and accessible views of the democratic process and the assertion of the rights of the individual. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • U.S. Democracy and Worldviews

    Since the start of the most recent Gulf War, the countries of the world have placed the United States under close scrutiny. Once self-proclaimed as one of the foremost democratic countries of the world, recent events in political history have led some to believe that the American democratic process no longer represents the kind of legitimate democracy that American defends in their war against those opposed to democratic principles. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Democratic Historian Alexis de Tocqueville

    Perhaps one of the best approaches to addressing the concept of democracy, though, came not from an American theorist, but from the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, in his work Democracy in America, and his belief in the value of a historical context for democracy. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Aborigines of Australia and Social Darwinism

    A 5 page contention that racism has been one of the primary shapers of contemporary Australian society. In the nineteenth century in particular the concept of racial inferiority was purported by a number of disciplines. Anthropology, medicine, psychology, and sociology all became vehicles of racism as they proposed and supported theories which perpetuated disenfranchisement and segregation of the aborigines from mainstream Australian society. The premises of social Darwinism held that the fittest would survive while the weaker and inferior aborigines would perish. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 911 from Democratic and Communist Ideological Perspectives

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts the communist ideology with the democratic ideal. How people who support each ideology would view the September 11th attacks is explored. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Failure of Communism

    This 3 page paper compares and contrasts communism and capitalism. The reasons for the collapse of communist countries are discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • McCarthyism and Anti-Communist Action During the 1950s

    This 4 page paper examines the era through original newspaper sources. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • What Herodotus' The Histories Teaches Us About Government

    This 5 page paper examines The Histories. Monarchy, oligarchy and democracy are discussed. No additional sources cited.

  • What Can History Teach Us About Terrorism?

    This 7 page paper looks to history for understanding of terrorism as it exists in today’s world. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Should Power in a Democracy Be Diffused or Concentrated?

    This 8 page paper considers what we mean by modern democracy and if it is best enacted by a diffusion or delegation of power, or by direct and centralised authorities. Real life examples are used to illustrate the points made. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Security and Risk Management

    This 5 page paper explores this question in regard to both man-made and natural disasters. The author contends that while not all disasters can be prevented, effective security and risk policies focus not just on prevention but also on the minimization of the impacts. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Impacts of Globalization: China, India, and South Korea

    An 8 page contention that not only has globalization had serious detrimental impacts in many third world regions. Indeed, only the higher skilled individuals in these countries are making any notable improvements in their standard of living. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Varying Views on the Impact of Globalization

    A 7 page discussion of the impact of globalization on developing countries. The author explores both the positive views of globalization and the negative views. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • United Kingdom and United States Government Processes

    A 10 page paper, including tutorial comments, that compares and contrasts the U.K. governmental process with the U.S. governmental process. The focus is on policymaking and includes comments on the citizens of both countries becoming disillusions with their governmental process. Influences on the political process for both countries are discussed. The essay ends with comments about which country's system would result in better policymaking. Material used for the essay was provided by the student. No bibliography.

  • Terrorism and Social Networking

    This 7 page paper examines social networking sites and discusses government's role in stopping terrorism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • World Politics

    (7 pp) Contemplating the nature of world politics exposes us to the problems of reflecting upon politics at a global level. It examines the ways in which we seek to interpret, explain and understand world politics, the systems, institutions and processes that are said to govern world politics and the beliefs and values that are held to be important in world politics. It considers the main theoretical perspectives on world politics and follows this with an assessment of key issues in world politics. Looking at the strengths and weaknesses of liberal internationalism also fits in this area. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Cold War as Compared with the Conflict in Iran

    This 6 page paper compares and contrasts the Cold War and the current nuclear threat of Iran. The war on terror is discussed. Research is provided to support the assumptions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Pan Islamic Terrorism and Conflict Between Palestine and Israel

    A 4 page discussion of the association that exists between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Pan-Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and beyond. The author reviews the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and notes the role of Western foreign policy. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Torture is Wrong Under Any and All Circumstances

    This 4 page paper argues against torture under any conditions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Democracy in India

    This 7 page paper examines India's Constitution and electoral process. The problems with democracy in India are highlighted. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Who's Running America? The Bush Restoration by Thomas R. Dye

    A 6 page paper which examines Dye’s assertion that power is concentrated among the few and not the many by concentrating on three central themes – that there is a power elite comprised of a select number of corporations and private foundations, that campaign finance reform has done little to open up the power structure to ‘the people,’ and how this intricate network controls government policy by influencing the media and school institutions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Elite Theory and Understanding Public Policy by Thomas Dye

    Who holds the power of decision when a patient decides it is time to die? According to the elite theory, as described by Thomas Dye in Understanding Public Policy, it is the medical and law professions. This 5 page paper explores the issue of patient's rights from the perspective of the elite model. No additional sources are listed.

  • Overview of Trade Unions and Their Functions

    A 5 page overview of the function of trade unions. Utilizing the history of the European Trade Union as an example, the contention is presented that trade union purpose, policies, and government is intimately tied to the occupations represented.

  • Free Market, Private Property, and Freedom of the Press

    A 9 page examination of the liberal concept of freedom of the press. The contention that liberals consider private property and free markets to be a precondition for freedom of the press is examined in relation to the philosophy of John Locke and the political concept of capitalism. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Conflicts and Causes in Cote D'Ivoire and Sudan's Darfur Region

    An 8 page overview of the underlying causes of these two conflicts. Speculations are presented as to why U.S. students could be largely unaware of these conflicts even in the presence of significant media coverage and observations made as to the long term implications of the conflicts.

  • Global Warming: Disproportionate Impact and Foreign Aid

    A 3 page discussion of how to prepare developing countries to deal with the impacts of global warming. This paper contends that those most responsible for the pollution contributing to global warming provide aid to those countries in need. The point is made, however, that foreign aid is only one potential approach. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Applying Grid Group Paradigm to Public Sector Management

    The grid group paradigm nay be used to assess and analysis culture. The writer explains the model and shows how it can be used in public sector management. The paper is made up of an essay, a PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes. Four sources are cited in the bibliography of this seventeen page paper.

  • The Pros and Cons of Affirmative Action

    This 3 page paper considers both sides of affirmative action but argues that affirmative action policies should be continued. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Forms of Athenian Government

    A 5 page paper which examines the four forms of Athenian government (monarchy, aristocracy, democracy and oligarchy) and then compares Athenian democracy with American democracy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Impracticality of Direct Democracy

    This 3 page paper argues that direct democracy is impractical and looks at the concept historically. Ancient history is disused as well as how classic authors viewed the concept. Athenian democracy is compared to the representative democracy that exists today. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • International Relations and Constructivism

    This 3 page paper examines several theories of international relations, including constructivism and neorealism, and how they relate to one another. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • U.S. Federalism and the Rights of States

    A 7 page discussion of the history of federalism in the United States. The author emphasizes the role state rights have played in this country since its inception. This role characterizes the difference in the concept of dual federalism verses cooperative federalism. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Federalism

    A 5 page paper which discusses and analyzes Federalism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Farewell Address of George Washington

    A 3 page overview of the concerns George Washington had for the ongoing welfare of the U.S., concerns detailed in his 1796 "Farewell Address". The threats of the political party and European allegiances were a particular worry for Washington. No additional sources are listed.

  • Class Struggles, and the Value Labor Theory of Karl Marx

    This 4-page paper discusses Marx's labor theory of values and compares it to the paper on "The Other Civil War."

  • Relationship between Politics and Economics

    This 6 page paper discusses the relationship between politics and economics. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Orwell and Nieman and Their Views of Big Government

    A 10 page paper which examines George Orwell’s “1984” and Max Nieman’s “Defending Government: Why Big Government Works” as they relate to warnings and positive conditions concerning a controlling, or big, government. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

  • September 11 2001 An Annotated Bibliography of Conspiracy Theories

    This 4 page paper consists of an annotated bibliography of ten sources that explore conspiracy theories surrounding this fateful day in history. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Political and Legal Process for a Case Example of Tagg

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of three theories that can be applied to the creation of a legal system for the island nation of Tagg. This paper reflects the importance of these theories in considering the best legal process for the country. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and the Power Concept

    A 5 page paper which examines the nature of power, considers the power structures that exist within the novel, how power is exercised, and how power can be abused, exploited, or corrupted, and the impact this has upon individuals and society. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Democracy Models

    A 6 page paper assessing the statement that the United States does not fit either the Participatory, the Liberal-Representative or the Pluralist models of democracy. The paper discusses each to conclude that America’s democracy is closest to the pluralist model, in which there are more than one or two types of ultimate reality. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • New Zealand and Australia's Indigenous Peoples and Political Rights

    A 5 page overview of the history and current state of affairs for these two regions. The contention is presented that neither in the democratic model of Australia or in the “New Right” New Zealand is the political power of the indigenous peoples anywhere near being an equivalent to that enjoyed by the dominant culture. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Racial Profiling and Racial Discrimination

    This 8 page paper discusses the practice of racial profiling as it relates to minorities, and concludes that racial profiling is actually a form of racial discrimination. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Influence Peddling: The K Street Project

    This 4 page paper describes the K Street project, a Republican lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Fair Tax

    A 3 page consideration of the proposal to eliminate federal income tax and to replace it instead with a national sales tax. This paper contends that the fair tax is In reality the fair tax would not put the tax burden on lower and middle class Americans but rather would shift it to the wealthy where many feel that that burden rightfully belongs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Changing Face of Terrorism

    A 6 page discussion of the changes that have occurred since 9-11 in the U.S. and Spain in regard to terrorism. The contention is presented that the most eminent threat of terrorism that we are facing in the U.S. results more from our own counterterrorism activities than it does from the terrorists themselves. In Spain, however, terrorism seems to have intensified in regard to the threat of both biological weapons and bombs and other more traditional weapons of destruction. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • State Sponsored Terrorism in the 21st Century

    This is an 8 page paper that provides an overview of extremism and terrorism. The use of terrorist tactics by states is emphasized. Bibliography list 4 sources.

  • Foreign Financial Aid and the United States

    This 5 page paper examines how the U.S. is affected by funding the Israelis against what the U.S. calls terrorism. Current legislation is discussed in relation to this issue as is interest groups, bureaucratic agencies, etc. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 'Defenders of the Faith' and McCarthyism

    4 pages in length. Looking back at the social and political debacle of McCarthyism makes one consider just how far the "defenders of the faith" should be allowed to go to protect America's system of government? When one examines what, if any, limits should be placed upon the methods and actions taken against those who are perceived not to "believe as we do," it is important to consider the current state of foreign affairs and the extent to which America has been force to defend its very existence. McCarthyism represented a perceived threat to what it means to be an American; the devastating impact of recent terrorist activities against this country illustrates, by comparison, a decidedly more tangible threat that calls for drastic measures of protection. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The First Amendment is the Most Important

    A 4 pages essay that argues that the First Amendment is the most significant to the American way of life in the Bill of Rights. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Global Economy, Trade, and Caribbean Nations That Speak English

    A 12 page overview of the problems English speaking Caribbean nations encounter in regard to functioning in the world economy. The author asserts that the WTO has had little positive effect on these countries. CARICOM, in contrast, offers these countries hope. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Importance of Political Study

    A 4 page paper that determines the significance of studying politics, while also looking at the impact of the two predominant political parties and democracy as a whole. Bibliography lists several sources.

  • Dictatorship and Democracy

    This 5 page report discusses the differences in the development, attitudes, and realities of democracy compared with dictatorship. As the 20th century closes, more people live under democratic rule than under dictatorship at the end of the 20th century. However, the fact remains that in many circumstances, democracy was won only after the excesses of dictatorship were fully realized. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Planned Socialism v. Capitalism

    A 5 page investigation of the similarities and differences between capitalism and planned socialism. Examples are given of both. The writer posits that true capitalism does not exist anywhere in the world. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Satirical Elements in Walden by Henry David Thoreau

    In 5 pages, the writer discusses the way in which Thoreau used satire in his work. Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden' is a satire on the way humans live when they could choose to live differently. Although his work fits the definition of classic, in many senses of the term, it is filled with numerous examples of satire. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Materialism and Walden by Henry David Thoreau

    Themes of Henry David Thoreau's Walden are explored in this 5 page paper. The analysis delves into the notion that materialism obscures man's essential nature which the writer has found in the woods. Contemporary society is compared with the writer's era, showing that he was certainly a man ahead of his time. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

    A 5 page analysis of the first chapter of Adam Smith's book The Wealth of Nations. The writer summarizes the chapter and then offers an analysis that argues that although Smith was correct in his argument that techniques of mass production great increase the productivity and efficiency of manufacture, he was wrong as to the human motivation in regards to repetitive work. No additional sources cited.

  • Analysis of Modernity

    This 4 page research paper examines whether modernity was merely a philosophical movement or a response to European economic and social changes, taking the latter position. Specifically discussed is the concept of modernity as it correlated with the emergence of capitalism and the birth of the state. Bibliography lists1 source.

  • Culture of Complaint by Robert Hughes

    A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the major points in Hughes' book Culture Of Complaint and considers their implications. Hughes argues that we have developed into a culture of individuals arguing for their victim status, and that as the growing groups of victims and the consistency of the search for resolution takes shape within our national identity, the very core of all that is valued and strong falls to the wayside. No additional sources cited.

  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger

    A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the essential elements of Berger's book Ways of Seeing. No additional sources cited.

  • The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion by Zaller

    An 8 page analysis of Zaller's book. The writer demonstrates that Zaller offers an extended argument on exactly how people form their political preferences as he seeks to show how news and political arguments 'diffuse through large populations' as well as 'how individuals evaluate this information in light of their political values and other predispositions.' No additional sources cited.

  • Two Party Political System in the United States

    A 5 page review of the stability and instability of the United States’ two-party political system. Offers three factors as an explanations for the continuity of this system over time. these factors are economic, societal and issue-related. Draws heavily on the authors James L. Sundquist and Thomas Ferguson to explain these factors. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Concept of Capitalism

    This 5 page paper provides a discussion on the concept of capitalism, its origins and how it exists today. Examples used focus on the United States. Communism is discussed as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nations and Nationalism by Ernest Gellner

    A 7 page analysis. In his book Nations and Nationalism, author Ernest Gellner addresses the topic of how the political forms that are so intrinsic to the modern world came into being—how did the concept of a 'nation' develop? What caused certain people to define themselves in this manner? How does this concept influence the present and the future? These and more questions are addressed by this slim volume. No additional sources cited.

  • US Federalism and How It Has Evolved

    This 5 page paper provides a description of federalism since the country's inception and then takes a look at the slight changes it has incurred over time. The thesis of this paper is that the changes to federalism have not only been necessary, but have helped to uphold its original purpose. The confederate flag issue is raised. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Government Types Democracy and Totalitarian

    This 14 page paper compares and contrasts the two types of governments. There is a slant towards the support of the totalitarian model, negating much of the rhetoric spouted concerning the virtues of democracy. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Analyzing the Turbo Capitalism of Luttwak

    This 9 page paper examines the book in light of contemporary politics. Global issues are considered. No other sources cited.

  • An Examination of American Liberalism

    25 pages in length. The origins and basics of traditional American liberalism gave direct rise to the ideals and concepts of individual political freedom and its intimate connection with economic freedom. However, this rebirth also led to a suffocating individualism that ultimately overshadowed the very reason liberalism had been embraced in the first place. The spirit of liberalism holds at its heart the development of individual freedom. The writer discusses that as the concepts of freedom change throughout history, so too do the concepts of liberalism. Bibliography lists 24 sources.

  • Marshall Berman's All That is Solid Melts Into Air and David Harvey's The Condition Of Postmodernity

    5 pages in length. With tremendous literary eloquence and startling authenticity, David Harvey's "The Condition of Postmodernity" and Marshall Berman's "All That is Solid Melts Into Air" address the notion of modernity and all that it has produced. Both Harvey and Berman approach the topic in a somewhat variant manner than others who have attempted to tackle the same issues, in that they strive to achieve a more spiritual basis for what has transpired due to modernistic events with regard to culture, architecture, art and society. The common denominator of imagery utilized by the two authors enables the reader to gain a significantly better understanding of just how critical the periods of modernity and postmodernity have been to the overall existence of society. No additional sources cited.

  • Eleven Government Questions Answered

    An 11 page research paper that takes the form of 11 questions pertaining to governance and specifically the US government. Questions begin on a simple level—'What is human nature?'—and progress to more complex issues such as the function of the political party system. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Development, Freedom, and Democracy

    5 pages in length. The idea of democracy, as our forefathers originally intended it to represent, was that of the ultimate evolution of human life. The concept, which was just a seed when it was established in the United States over two hundred years ago, allowed for people to make their own destinies -- to follow whatever dreams they may have kept harbored deep inside for fear that they would never be able to make them a reality. Democracy unleashed a joining together of the people so that new economic and political ideas could be shared in a way they had not been before. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Thomas Hobbes and Aristotle on Human Nature

    A 5 page paper that argues the fact that Aristotle's ancient view of the inherent state of human nature, a state which posits that man is born into a natural state of civilization that nurtures the cause of the common good, is a more fitting assumption of man's nature as it was intended than is the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, which posits that man is born an inherently selfish and warring creature. Discussed are reasons why Aristotle's philosophy should be viewed as a philosophy of hope for the twenty-first century while Hobbes' philosophy basically presents a philosophy of destruction. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • World Politics and Theory

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses two topics: Liberal internationalism as it relates to world conception; and feminism as it relates to world politics. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


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