The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Road to Military Intervention: An in Depth Look at the U.S. Decision Making Process After the Cold War, Tyler T. Collen
Department: Political Science

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Put Your Money Where Your Patients Are: A Study of International Funding for AIDS Treatment, Margaux J. Day
Department: Political Science

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Eroded Path to Conflict: A Study of Unsustainable Environmental Practices and Acute Violent Conflict in the Sudan and Sri Lanka, Taylor Jon Delhagen
Department: Political Science

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Construction of Communal Identities, Andrew Etter
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Re-Conceptualizing Political Participation: Hannah Arendt, Jurgen Habermas, and Their Theories of Democratic Engagement, Emily Cross Hilty
Department: Political Science

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Judicial Review of the Executive Prerogative: Do Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures or Does Objectivity Reign Supreme?, James Thomas Lazar
Department: Political Science

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Selling Wars to the Morally Conscious: A Comparative Content Analysis of Leaders' Use of Just Rhetoric As An Extension of Policy, Ryan Matura
Department: Political Science

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Public Opinion's Negative Effect on U.S. Foreign Drug Policy, Nicholas Morris
Department: Political Science

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Will They or Will They Not? the Lone Crescent and Star's Quest For European Union Membership, Michael George Prohaska
Department: Political Science

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Foreign Influence in the Third Wave of Democratization: a Comparative Study of United States Hard and Soft Power Influence, Elizabeth Steiner
Department: Political Science

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Inter Arma Leges Silent: the Supreme Court and Their Decisions During War, Anne M. Teckman
Department: Political Science

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Uzbekistan on the Threshold of Revolution? Radical Islam and the Threat to the Post-Soviet State, Andrew White Whitner
Department: Political Science; History

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Local Citizen's Knowledge and Attitudes of Environmental Concerns Within the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area: Transitions Towards the Goals and Ideals of Ecosystems Management, Tim W. Wyatt
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Presidential Success in Congress: the Myth of Second Term Failure, Christopher M. Billow
Department: Political Science

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From the Euro to the Afro Lessons From European Monetary Union For Africa, Patrick M. Bourke
Department: Economics; Political Science

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Can You Believe What's on TV These Days? An Examination of the Effects of Citizen Groups on the Enforcement of Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Indecency Policy, Andrew C. Darneille
Department: Political Science

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Rise of the Extreme Right in Western Europe Since 1945: Theories and Cases, Michael Rubin Kwong
Department: Political Science

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Making the Grade or Grading the Makers: A Look at Nclb in America, Christopher James Laubenthal
Department: Political Science

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Government Warning--The Ingredients of this Regime may be Carcinogenic: A Comparative Case Study of Corruption in Four Developing States, Audra Lewicki
Department: Political Science

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Power to Negotiate: How Power Symmetry Affected American Bilateral Arms Control Treaties, Eli Lewine
Department: Political Science

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With No Uncertain Terms: An Examination of the Effects of Legislative Term Limits on State Fiscal Management, Matthew A. Long
Department: Political Science

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Casting a Wide Net: An Investigation Into How Political Campaigns Are Utilizing the Internet For Political Gain, Joshua Nowack
Department: Political Science

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Art of Changing Minds: a Comparative Study of the Political Significance of the Works of F.T. Marinetti and Vaclav Havel, Michael C. Nunnari Jr.
Department: Political Science

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Photo Finish or a Finished Photo? a Picture of Hard-Fought and Low-Key U.S. Senate Competition, 1998-2004, Douglas Mark Palmer
Department: Political Science

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Disease and Conflict: Analyzing the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sameera S. Pochiraju
Department: Political Science

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Does Public Involvement in Economic Development Benefit the State? a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Four Case Studies, Andrea Porter
Department: Political Science

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Strategies For Success: Union Learning and the Latino Migrant Worker Community in the United States, Shoshana Ellenbogen Raskas
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Voice For the Future? the Lasting Effects of the 1968 Student Movement on Contemporary German Foreign Policy, Jessica L. Riviere
Department: German Studies; Political Science

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Broken Landscapes, Divided Classes: a Portrait of Agrarian Reform and Its Effects on Rural Class Structure, Sarah Elizabeth Romorini
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Strange Bedfellows: the Influencing Effect of U.S. Economic Incentives Upon Level of Cooperation in the 'War on Terror', Lindsay Bronwen Tingley
Department: Political Science

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New Tensions in American Politics: Bioethics and Philosophies of the Moral Individual, Kristen Kirby Veblen
Department: Political Science

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Onward Christian Soldiers: a Look Into Religious Terrorism, Jonathan F. Webster
Department: Political Science

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Balancing Threats in the Taiwan Straits: Neorealist Theory and U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations in the 1990s, Ian Willey
Department: Political Science

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Hope Is Not a Strategy: The Impact of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition on the Peace Process of Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Ivana Yuko
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2004

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Conditions and Characteristics of Successful Intervention Into Intrastate Conflicts: A Matter of Who and How, Malek E. Abboud
Department: Political Science

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Racially Divisive? The Racial Campaign Strategies of the Republican Party For Presidential Campaigns 1988, 1992, and 1996, Justin M. Alaburda
Department: Political Science

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Who's Hungary For Turkey? An Analysis of European Union Expansion, Samuel F. Almy
Department: Political Science

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Unlocking the Door: Using United States Foreign Economic Policy For Bilateral Trade Relations As a New Multi-Case Study Approach to the Question of Trade and Conflict, Aaron S. Applebaum
Department: Political Science

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Three Easy Steps- How to Handle a Sex Scandal: A Study of Crisis Rhetoric as a Method for Navigating a Political Sex Scandal, Stephanie A. Berning
Department: Political Science

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Qualitative Analysis Into the Investigation of Foreign Direct Investment Flows to Developing Countries in Particular Asia, Africa, and Latin America and to Determind If Regime Type Plays An Important Role in Direct Investment Flows, Kojo Boateng
Department: Political Science

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News, Schools, and Polls, Rachel W. Cole
Department: Political Science

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Replicating the South African Model? Truth Commissions As Tools For Reconciliation: The Cases of Nigeria,Ghana, and Sierra Leone, Christabel E. Dadzie
Department: Political Science

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Caught Between: An Analysis of Guatemala's Battle with Internal Insurgent Groups and how it Affects Civilians, in Particular Women, Rian Graves
Department: Political Science

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Testing Rational Deterrence Theory: An Analysis of Defense Spending and Conflict, Cyrus D. Karimian
Department: Political Science

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Silent Partner: The Duality of Terrorist Negotiations, Kelly C. Kenyhercz
Department: Political Science

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Positive Peacebuilding: Tools of Non-Governmental Organizations in Southeastern Africa, Erin King
Department: Political Science

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Art of Justice: An Examination of the Architecture of the United States Supreme Court Building As a Mode of Political Expression, Erin M. Kriynovich
Department: Political Science; Art and Art History

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Realism, Liberalism, and United Nations Reform: Which School of Thought, Realism, or Liberalism, Better Explains the Successes and Failures of United Nations Reform?, Emmanuel N.L. Lamptey
Department: Political Science

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How to Be a Liberal in the Face of Liberalism, Sarah F. Lawton
Department: Political Science

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Hand That Gives You Life, Strangles You By the Throat: What Is the Hidden Agenda of the World Bank?, Adoley Mensa-Bonsu
Department: Political Science

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Learning From the Past: An Examination of Decision-Making and Covert Actions, Clinton J. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Rally 'Round the Flag: The Impact of 9/11 on the Patriotism of Interest Group Advertising, Joshua M. Pantesco
Department: Political Science

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Language Mobilizing the Masses: Political Rhetoric in Cold War West German Electoral Speeches; Its Breakdown Along Linguistic Lines and Ability to Inspire Voters, Cecily Raynor
Department: Political Science; German Studies

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Putting the States Back to Work: An Examination of State Economic Policies and Their Effect on Employment, Douglas S. Reiser
Department: Political Science

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Red on Pink: The Effect of the Cuban Socialist Revolution on the Lives of Women, Mary Kate F. Russell
Department: Political Science

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A Two-Level Games Approach to the Study of American Foreign Policy Towards Cuba, Katherine E. Ryan
Department: Political Science

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Pathways to the Formal Agenda: An Analysis of John W. Kingdon's Multiple Streams Theory of Agenda Setting, Mary Schantz
Department: Political Science

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Deadly American Waiting Game: An Analysis of the Clinton Administration's Decision Not to Intervene in Rwanda in 1994, Erin E. Skinner
Department: Political Science

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Urban Regimes, Gerald Turner
Department: Political Science

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What is more Important: Context or Strategies? A Study of Whether it is the Strategies themselves or if it is the Context Under which they are Employed that will Determine the Success or Failure of the Organizing Campaign, James D. Williams Jr.
Department: Political Science

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Regional Economic Integration in ECOWAS and SADC, Chriss Yohuno
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2003

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Cognition in Foreign Policy Crisis Decision-Making: Computer Analysis of Public Statements By John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush, Thomas W. Ahlfors
Department: Political Science; Computer Science

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A Case of Security Interests: Explaining Indian and U.S. Intervention in the 1971 War, James Alter
Department: Political Science

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Neorealism Vs. Neoliberalism: An Analysis of Two Case Studies Regarding Vladimir Putin Foreign Policy, Amy M. Baker
Department: Political Science

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Progressive Report on the Impact of the Transnational Women's Movement on National Legislation Addressing Violence Against Women, Lisa M. Basalla
Department: Political Science

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Hawks, Doves, and Agents: An Application of Two-Level Games to the Negotiation Process of Relocating Marine Air Corps Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, Hannalori S. Bates
Department: Political Science

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The 'Dirty War' in Argentina: Explaining Variation in the Use of Repression, Amir S. Beg
Department: Political Science

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Presidential Character Type and Management Style Preference: a Study of Their Direct Influences on a Presidential Decision to Wage War on a Foreign Aggressor, F. Graham Binder
Department: Political Science

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Towards a Wider Understanding of Advertising: a Neo-Marxist Theoretical Critique of the Concept of Advertising, Devin Deaton
Department: Political Science

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Has the Internet Changed International Political Movements?: a Comparative Case Study Analysis of the Environment, Falun Gong, Chinese Pro-Democracy and Save-Napster Movements., Jeffrey A. Dickson
Department: Political Science

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Measuring the Success of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Eric Duncan
Department: Political Science

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Rogue States and the Development of Nuclear Weapons: What Are the Conditions That Lead So-Called "Rogue States" to Seek to Develop Nuclear Weapons?, Ji Soon Eom
Department: Political Science

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Who Are You and Why Are You Fighting?: a Case Study About Ethnic/Gender Identity and Ethnic Violence That Explores the Basques in Spain and the Quebecois in Canada, Laura L. Fothergill
Department: Political Science

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Understanding Medicaid Reform: An Analysis of the Role of Interest Groups and State Government in Medicaid Policy, Christopher D. Freeman
Department: Political Science

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Separate Piece: the Role of Legitimate and Powerful Political Entrepreneurs in Metropolitian Secession Agenda Attainment, Robert T. Fuller
Department: Political Science

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Spilling Over to Human Rights? the Effects of Regional Economic Integration on Human Rights Conditions: a Case Study of the Mercosur Region, Julie E. Gruber
Department: Political Science

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Role of Identity in Post-Conflict Societies and Its Effect on the Reconciliation Process: the Case of Northern Ireland and South Africa, Malika L. Gujrati
Department: Political Science

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From Exploit to Implicit Racism: a Study in the Ability of Movies to Reflect Society, Matthew E. Gullatta
Department: Political Science

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Does Foreign Direct Investment By Multinational Corporations Lead to Economic Growth and Human Development in Less Developed Countries?, Shanika Gunesekera
Department: Political Science

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Morality and U.S. Foreign Policy: a Normative Examination of the Use of Civilian Contractors and Foreign Military Training, Karl Haddeland
Department: Political Science

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Whose Line Is It Anyway in International Negotiation? Collective Versus National Interests in the Treaty Making Process at the ILO, WIPO, and WHO, Leslie A. Hahn
Department: Political Science

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Charter School Implementation in States: An Evaluation of the Best Combination of Discretion and Clarity Within State Charter School Law For Success in Overall Improved Quality of Education, Kendra C. Heffelbower
Department: Political Science

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Reducing Conflict Through Inter-Group Contact and Free Spaces: Evaluating Governmental and Grassroots Community Relations Initiatives in Northern Ireland, S. Corey Humphrey
Department: Political Science

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State Capacity and Fertility Politics in Ghana and Zambia, Michael Knoop
Department: Political Science

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African Inter-State Conflicts: a Study on the Causes of Armed Conflict, 1965-2003, Sunanda Lahiri
Department: Political Science

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Postmodern Values and Their Effect on Military Conflicts, Jaehwa Lee
Department: Political Science

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States Vs. International Organizations- What External Actors Are More Successful in Resolving Nationalistic Conflicts?, Marina Majdek
Department: Political Science

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Do Presidents Really Matter? a Look at the President's Role in the Legislative Arena, Ryan Meadows
Department: Political Science

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Can International Criminal Tribunals Aid the Reconciliation Process in Societies Struggling to Recover From Violent Ethnic Conflict? a Study of the Cases of Rwanda and Bosnia, Russell D. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Interest Group Communities and the Impact of Federal Devolution on the Predictive Power of State Level Intstitutional Variables, Sarah Moorhouse
Department: Political Science

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Suppression of Black Mobilization in Majority-Minority Districts: a Study of Black Voter Turnout in Georgia During the November 2002 Elections, Jonathan B. Parker
Department: Political Science

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War on Drugs and Its Implications on Women of Color: a Case Study Analysis of the Omnibus Drug Education, Eradication and Control Act of 1986, Christina LeeAnne Ratleff
Department: Political Science

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Power of All Girl Single Sex Schooling, Maurizia A. Stock
Department: Political Science

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National HIV/AIDS Policies and Human Capital Development: the Case of Botswana, South Africa and Zambabwe, Katharine C. Stover
Department: Political Science

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Technology, Industry and the Economy: Necessary Conditions of Effective Integrated Rural Development Policy, Paul F. Strain
Department: Political Science

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Schengen Agreement and Cross Border Crime in the European Union., Kathryn A. Sullivan
Department: Political Science

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Presidential Scandal: Response in Modern American Politics, Bradley F. Templeman
Department: Political Science

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Lessons From the Third World: Ugandan Aids Prevention Success and Potential Replication in the United States, Sarah J. Trafford
Department: Political Science

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New Forms of Contention: the Role of Heightened International Integration on Domestic Violent Protest, the Case Study in the European Union and Italy, Adrian Weisell
Department: Political Science

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Analysis of the Balance Needed Between a Religious Group's Freedom of Religion Claims and Then Government's Obligation to Protect the Interests of a Child's Right to Individual Autonomy, Rachel C. Welty
Department: Political Science