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The following is our list of articles that are related to politics and political science.


Are State Constitutions Political Documents?

Are state constitutions political documents, or are they supposed to be outside the framework of politics? Here you will find what state consitutions were originally meant to be like, and see how they work these days. Read more...


Are the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 Working to Reduce Acid Rain?

Are the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 working in helping to reduce the amount, and effects, of acid rain? Keep reading and find out. Read more...


Basic Features of State Constitutions

There are many features that are universally found among all the constitutions of each state in the United States. Besides these similarities, there are also some differences found among each of the state constitutions. Here you will be able to compare some of the similarities and differences. Read more...


Criminal Justice: Should it be Lead by State or National Governments?

Which body should play the leading role in law enforcement and criminal justice: state or national governments? Read more...


A Decline in State Representative Democracy

Across the country, there has been a decline in the amount of representative democracy that is found on the state level. There are different reasons for this being the case, some of which you will find here. Read more...


French-Canadian Separatism

The French-Canadians have long had a separate culture from the larger English-speaking culture that surrounds them in the other Canadian provinces. For this reason, many Quebecois desire to separate from the Canadian federation, and develop their own sovereign state. Let's discuss the history of Quebec, as well as their arguments for wanting separation, and the counter-arguments against sovereignty. Read more...


Gambling: Limitations & Impact

"Here, I will discuss gambling. I will use my home state of Indiana as an example. I will discuss what brought about the rise of gambling in the state of Indiana, its limitations, as well as its impact. Since many states within the United States have similar rules concerning gambling, these limitations, and impacts of gambling apply in most places across the country." Read more...


Governors and Their Dealings With Their Legislatures

Governors tend to deal with their legislatures in ways that oftentimes give the governor the upper hand. We will discuss the role that divided government has in gubernatorial politics. Read more...


Government Assistance in Water Withdrawals from the Ogallala Aquifer

How has the United States government actually helped in increasing the amount of water that has been withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains? Read more...


How Different Groups Attained Their Voting Rights

Here you will find out how different groups attained their voting rights in the United States. This includes women, African-Americans, as well as those people who are eighteen years old. Read more...


How the Environment of a State's Political System Influences its Politics: Indiana vs. Elsewhere

The political environment found within the houses of legislature, within state governments, strongly determines and influences the kinds of political decisions and laws that end up being made and enforced across a state. This includes the state of Indiana. Comparing Indiana to other states, you can see how the state's political environment influences laws, commerce, taxation, revenue, as well as a host of other things, including education, health care, infrastructure, and government services. Read more...


Impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has come into effect, it has had an economic impact on the three nations which are part of this agreement. Read more...


Improving Our Education System: Needed Reforms

Our education system is not doing as well as it used to do. What can we do to reform our schools to help improve our education system, and improve the ability of our students to do better into the future? Find out here. Read more...


Judicial Politics: Different Methods of Electing Judges

There are several different methods of electing judges to state courts across the United States. Here you will find what these different methods are, and which states use each method. Read more...


 

 


Judicial Politics: Indiana Judicial Selection Processes

Indiana has its own methods for electing judges to state courts. Below you will find the methods for electing judges for the state of Indiana. You'll notice that there is not one uniform method across the state, because some counties have a different process than others. Read more...


Judicial Politics: Examples of Judicial Activism in the United States

In the United States, courts and judges make policy and engage in policy decisions all the time – that is, they practice what is known as judicial activism. We see this in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and more recently have seen it over and over again in the state supreme courts. We’ve seen this judicial activism in areas such as abortion, education, homosexuality, nude dancing, gay marriage, and police intrusion into people’s homes. Of course, this has only scratched the surface, in that judicial activism covers over so many more areas of society than the few that have been mentioned. Judicial activism will continue to be one of the means that interest groups use to get their desires passed into law, into the foreseeable future. Read more...


Native American and First Nations Claims in the Boreal Forest Region of North America

Ever since the days that European people colonized and settled the vast lands of North America, Native Americans, also known as First Nations, have been trying to make claims to their ancient homelands in order to gain more control of those areas. The same holds true for those native groups that were part of the vast boreal forest region in the northern part of the continent, that stretches from Alaska in the west to Labrador in the east. Let's give a quick history overview of these claims, as well as future impacts of these claims, both legitimate and non-legitimate claims. Read more...


Party Competitiveness and its Influence on State Policies

There are two major political parties that compete with each other for power in each state, and this competition that takes place ends up influencing the types of laws and policies that each state makes. The way this competitiveness works is different in each state. Read more...


The Political Culture of a State's Elected Legislators: Delegate vs. Trustee

You will find that across different states, that each state's legislators usually fit within a spectrum, known as the delegate-trustee spectrum. Where a legislator sits on this spectrum is based on different factors, including how conservative or liberal the nature of the state or the amount of experience a legislator has. Read more...


Political Parties vs. Special Interest Groups

Political Parties and Special Interest Groups are the two biggest types of organizations that influence the creation of new laws. We will talk about the similarities and the differences between the two groups. Read more...


The Quest for Independence: Darfur, Basque Country, & Tibet

Around the world, there are many different culturally-distint groups of people that are trying to achieve independence. This includes the Darfur region in the south of Sudan, Basque Country on the Spanish-French border, and the Tibet region in western China. These three regions will be discussed. Also, should the United States government get involved in these cases? Read more...


The Relationship Between Local and State Governments

What is the relationship between local and state governments? Is it the same as the relationship between the federal and state governments. You will find that it is not the same. Why not and how so? Keep reading and find your answer. Read more...


Roles of a Governor

Governors play many roles when it comes to overseeing their respective states. Here you will find what the three major roles are, and what they entail. Read more...


Should Bureaucracies Make Public Policy?

As bureaucracies have been given more power, they have been more effective in making public policy decisions. The question is whether they should be allowed to make this public policy, or whether it should be left in the hands of the legislatures. Read more...


Should the U.S. Produce Oil on Alaska's North Slope?

Should the United States be allowed to develop its oil reserves on Alaska's North Slope? We will discuss this issue, and talk about alternative energy sources, environmental problems that are connected to this issue, as well as the energy demands of American consumers. Read more...


The Supreme Court and Federalism

The U.S. Supreme Court has played a primary role in the history of America's federalism. Here we will talk about this subject, and give examples to back up the claim. Read more...


The Three Forms of City Government

What are the three different forms of city government that are typically used in the United States? Of the three forms, the council-manager form of city government stands out the most, and will be elaborated on more. Read more...


Types of Government Grant Programs

The federal government of the United States has several types of grant programs in place. We will discuss the different kinds of grant programs, and which ones politicians, left or right, prefer over another. Read more...


Types of State Primary Elections

Different states hold different types of party primary elections. We will discuss the different types of state primary elections and why each type is important in helping to determine who is in the later general elections. Read more...


United States & Canada: Why They Get Along Despite Their Differences

The United States and Canada have quite a friendly relationship with each other, which is quite different than you can find between neighboring countries in many other parts of the world. This is despite the fact that the governments of the two neighboring countries are quite different. Why is this? We will compare and contrast both governments, and explain why they seem to get along so well together. Read more...


Urban Crime: Its Causes and Solutions

We will discuss the definitions of crime, the major crimes committed within America’s cities, why people commit crimes, government policies that have decreased our crime rates, root causes, negative effects of some government policies, why this is an inner-city issue, as well as some other possible solutions to help lower our crime rates. Read more...


Using Education to Socialize People as Good Citizens

When it comes to having a healthy, stable, and functional society, it really becomes important to note how education plays a role in helping to create the kind of citizens that are needed to have that kind of society. So, how can education help to do this? Keep reading and find out. Read more...


Who Runs For State Legislature?

What kind of people run for state legislature? You'll find that there are many types of people that run, and for many different reasons. Find out here what kind of people run for office. Read more...


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