International Social Science Review

Academic journal covering all social sciences.

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter

Divided We Conquer: Why Divided Government Is Preferable to Unified Control
The question of whether divided government in the United States is good or bad cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. While decision-making under such circumstances is far from perfect, shared power gets a decidedly bad rap. Criticisms leveled...
Divided We Fall: The Case against Divided Government
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution anticipated, and, in fact, were counting on the possibility that, at times, as James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51, "[a]mbition must be made to counter ambition." (1) But is the Framer's constitutional design...
Finding Meaning at Ground Zero for Future Generations: Some Reflections a Decade after 9/11
Introduction This paper offers a critical analysis of how we should attempt to understand the meaning of Ground Zero a decade after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Americans may be reacting to this site, much like what often occurs following...
Policy Point-Counterpoint: Is Divided Government Good for the United States?
As one of my favorite professors used to say, "the Framers set out to design a government that didn't work very well ... and they were enormously successful." (1) The separation of powers design built into the U.S. Constitution guarantees a level of...
The Cambodian Incursion Revisited
Introduction and Literature Review On May 4, 1970, hundreds of students congregated on Kent State University's Commons, a popular campus meeting spot, to protest the United States' recent invasion of Cambodia. When the students failed to comply...
What's the Problem, Mr. President? Bush's Shifting Definitions of the 2008 Financial Crisis
Introduction On September 15, 2008, the 150-year-old global financial services firm, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., declared bankruptcy after the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department denied its pleas for a federal bailout. The firm, which had...