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Vol. 8, No. 2, 2015

The Politics of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: A Fifty-Year Analysis, 1963-2013
There are many honors and privileges bestowed on the occupant of this house, but few mean as much to me as the chance to award America's highest civilian medal....This is a chance for me-and for the United States of America-to say thank you to some of...
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Editor's Forward
We are pleased to present Volume VIII, Number 2 (Fall 2015) of the New England Journal of Political Science. This issue contains three interesting articles for your reading and thinking pleasure. Leading off is a piece by Kyle Kopko et al. examining...
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Ballot-Level Observations about Vermont's 2014 General Election
IntroductionVermont's 2014 General Election had the lowest voter turnout in at least 40 years, with 44.59 percent of registered voters casting ballots. The second lowest turnout was in 1978, with 44.66 percent. Given that it was a midterm election, it...
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Roots of Political Turmoil in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Neopatrimonial Patterns of Political Participation
'Neopatrimonialism' as a distinct term was introduced in political science by Shmuel N. Eisenstadt in his 1973 book, Traditional Patrimonialism and Modern Neopatrimonialism. This is a modern form of the traditional order, in which an office of power...
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Connecticut: Economics, Politics & Policy in the Constitution State
Throughout 2015 and at the start of 2016, the economic challenges in the state cast a shadow on virtually all aspects of the state's political system. After passing a budget in June 2016, lawmakers discovered that the projected deficit was far worse...
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Still LePage at Center Stage: A 2015 Maine Politics Update
In discussing recent Maine political events, there can be no better place to begin than with Maine's blunt, abrasive, assertive and conservative Governor, Paul LePage. First elected in 2013, LePage thought by many to be one of the nation's most vulnerable...
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Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter
GOING TO WAR IN IRAQ: WHEN CITIZENS AND THE PRESS MATTER. By Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy, and George E. Marcus. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014, 238 pp.Going to War in Iraq by Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy, and George Marcus examines...
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Sailing the Water's Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy
SAILING THE WATER'S EDGE: THE DOMESTIC POLITICS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. By Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. xv + 352 pp.Times of uncertainty in US foreign relations seem to produce shelves of new books...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring

Editor's Forward
We are pleased to present Volume VIII, Number 1 (Spring 2015) of the New England Journal of Political Science. This issue has a distinctly comparative politics and international focus as we invite our readers to go beyond the boundaries of American politics....
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The Canadian Party System and the Leadership of Stephen Harper
AbstractMany scholars believe that Canada entered a fifth party system beginning in 2006 with a Conservative government and especially in light of the 2011 election and the reduction of the Liberal Party to third party status. But a fifth party system...
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Realist or Liberal? Canadian Foreign Policy in the 1960s 1
AbstractThe realist/liberal internationalist debate in international relations has been ongoing in the modern era dating back to Carr and existed in earlier eras in less explicit terms. This research contributes to the long-standing debate by examining...
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The Global Strategic Effects of South-South Foreign Aid
AbstractStates from the Global South, led by China, Venezuela, and Brazil, have become considerably more active in the foreign aid donor community in the past few years. This development holds the potential to markedly alter the strategic dynamics of...
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Maine Politics 2014 Update: Republicans Win a Skewed Electorate
Maine participated in 2014's national Republican surge, but in typically idiosyncratic circumstances. The election marked an impressive GOP recovery from a 2012 drubbing in which the party lost control of both houses of the state legislature.1 Republican...
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Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election
MITT ROMNEY, MORMONISM, AND THE 2012 ELECTION. By Luke Perry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ix + 241 pp.Luke Perry's "Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election" seeks to provide a one-stop introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

Cohousing as Civic Society: Cohousing Involvement and Political Participation in Massachusetts
AbstractThis study asks whether cohousing as a form of non-political association has spill-over effects on participation in politics. The civic-society literature has shown that organizational and persuasive activities engaged in by members of voluntary...
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Editor's Forward
Welcome to Volume VII, Number 1 (Spring 2013) of the New England Journal of Political Science. For those of you who might be wondering, we have indeed adjusted the seasons assigned to each issue to make better sense. From here forward, Issue Number 1...
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Whatever Happened to the Republican "Lock" on the Electoral College?
AbstractDuring the 1980s some political analysts began to wonder if the Democratic Party would be able to regain the White House in the foreseeable future. The apparent Republican invulnerability in the South, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain...
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"Partisan Gerrymandering after LULAC vs. Perry: A Proposed New Approach"
AbstractPartisan gerrymandering continues to be a controversial practice that undermines democratic participation among the electoral systems of the several American states. Although the United States Supreme Court has ruled that constitutional "equal...
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Connecticut: Tragedy and Fiscal Uncertainty
Since the May 2012 Connecticut report, the Newtown school shooting in December and the recovery from October's Hurricane Sandy have captivated public attention and political discourse in the state and at the national level. The human tragedy faced by...
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Maine Politics in 2013: Still Moralistic Yankeedom's Exemplar?
Observers have long identified Maine as an embodiment of Daniel Elazar's moralistic political culture. Maine seemingly reflects Elazar's association of moralistic polities with amateur participation in politics, a preference for nonpartisanship to improve...
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The "Scott Brown Era" in Massachusetts Politics
The "special" election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's vacated US Senate seat in January, 2010 sent shock waves through the American political universe. How could the Democrats lose this safest of safe US Senate seats? Was Brown the vanguard...
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Politics in New Hampshire
Equilibrium points have been elusive in New Hampshire politics for the past half-dozen years. Control of the state's 400-member State House has changed hands three times since 2006, with dozens of seats changing hands between Democrats and Republicans....
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Reflecting on the Legacy of Howard L. Reiter (1945-2012)
In the months since Dr. Howard L. Reiter's death (January 10, 2012), we take a moment to reflect upon his life and work. Dr. Reiter was Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Connecticut, and served...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, 2012

Voting Politics in the American States
The right to vote, said the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore (2000), encompasses not just the formal "allocation of the franchise," but also "the manner of its exercise." More than a decade after that ruling, Americans are even more exercised about...
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Ensuring Every Citizen Has the Opportunity to Vote: Adopting Election Day Registration in Connecticut
AbstractOn June 4, 2012, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law legislation that made Connecticut the ninth state to adopt Election Day registration (EDR). This article tells the story behind passage of House Bill 5024, An Act Concerning Voting Rights....
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Voting Restriction Politics in Maine
AbstractIn recent years, many states passed laws restricting voting. Maine followed suit in 2011 but, unlike those states, the law-which ended election-day registration-was reversed at the ballot box. This paper explains what happened in Maine by pointing...
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Voting Restriction Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin
IntroductionMinnesota and Wisconsin are known throughout the country as being two of the more progressive states in the Midwest and the indeed the nation. While part of this reputation is based on liberal social policies, it also comes out of an understanding...
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Voter ID in Rhode Island
The passage of a Voter ID law in Rhode Island in 2011 was unexpected; indeed it came out of one of the bluest states in the Union. Rhode Island, one of the most Democratic in the country, has a strong union presence and an enduring tradition of liberal...
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The Battle over Election Reform in the Swing State of Florida
After dueling allegations that it was either a protection against voting fraud or a disenfranchisement act, Florida lawmakers on May 5 [2011] approved a 157-page overhaul of the state's elections code [CS/CS/HB 1355]."James L. Rosica, Associated Press."This...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012

Editor's Forward
I hope you enjoy reading Volume VI, Number 1 (Fall 201 1) of the New England Journal of Political Science as much as I enjoyed putting it together. This issue features four articles and five state reports. James M. Cook of the University of Maine at...
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The Changing Face of Incumbency: Joe Lieberman's Digital Presentation of Self
ABSTRACT:This paper explores how Joe Lieberman's digital presentation of self changed throughout the course of the 2006 election. Based on content analysis of Lieberman's campaign website, three unique self-presentation phases are identified: Democrat,...
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Strangers in Your Town: How Considerations of Potential Power Influence Judgments about Civil Liberties for Disliked Groups
AbstractThough Americans are socialized to support extensive civil liberties, prior research has shown that even one encounter with certain types of information about a disliked group may lead to significant decreases in citizens' willingness to be politically...
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Democratic Foreign Policy and the Cold War: Variations in Behavior during Periods of International Constraint
AbstractA growing body of literature, drawing on comparative perspectives, argues that democracies vary to such an extent that they should not be treated as homogenously as they are by democratic peace theory. The article, therefore, returns to the monadic...
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Connecticut: Implementing a New Vision for the State
Since his election in 2010, Democratic Governor Dan Malloy has been dedicated to implementing his vision for a new Connecticut. This vision includes a balanced budget, an increase in the number of businesses opening or relocating in the state, and significant...
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Massachusetts Politics 2012
The period since the elections of 2010 has been busy for the key political players and parties in Massachusetts. Nothing has occurred that would disturb the conclusion of Professor Jerold Duquette in True Blue Mass 2010 that political equilibrium has...
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Rhode Island Politics: Continued Disarray
Since the 2010 elections, the new normal in Rhode Island appears to be political and economic upheaval. In this traditionally heavily Democratic state, the party system remains in disarray. The economic picture is still dismal and the political scene...
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Politics in Vermont and New Hampshire, 2012: The Storm before the Calm, the Calm before the Storm
As has often been the case in recent decades, the politics of the neighboring states of Vermont and New Hampshire found themselves diverging somewhat in 201 1-2012. In Vermont, natural and political events in 201 1 (Hurricane Irene and relicensing controversy...
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