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Student research

Below is a sample listing of some of our recent Political Science Master students Master Research Papers (MRP) and Thesis titles for the past five years.

2015

  • Central Bank Liquidity Swaps During the Time of Economic Crises: A Political Economy Perspective
  • Is Bosnia Ready for Reconciliation? Peace Education in the Aftermath of the "Bosnian Spring"?
  • Unintended Consequences: A Political Legacy of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Idle No More Movement
  • Beyond Disposition: Accumulation by Dispossession and the Governing of Access
  • From Subsidies to Obesity: Increased Carbohydrate Consumption and the American Taxpayer's Double Burden

2014

  • The Strategies of Small States in Maintaining Resilience in a "Vulnerable" Environment
  • How Does Local Ownership Increase Security Sector Reform Success?
  • Black Gold and Population Growth: Decreasing Oil Reservoirs, Increasing Population Growth, and State-Society Relations in Saudi Arabia
  • Sex and the City: The Growth and Development of Human Sex Trafficking within Global Cities
  • Little Mortar, Little Concern for the Developing World: Evaluating the Influence of the BRICS on Governance Reforms in the UNSC and IMF
  • Technological Innovation: A "Top Up" and "Bottom Down" Explanation of Wage Inequality
  • Kadyrovization in the Caucasus: Causes and Consequences of Allowing a Warlord to Thrive in Chechnya

2013

  • Explaining the Paradox: Canada's Position in the Agricultural Trade Negotiations of the Uruguay and Doha Rounds
  • US-Canada Security Relations in the Post-9/11 Era: An Examination of Peripheral Dependency Theory
  • Analyzing the Necessary Conditions for Successful Participatory Budgeting: A Study of Four Municipalities in Brazil
  • #GenerationFlux: New Considerations of Youth Voter Turnout Decline in Canada
  • Bollywood Diplomacy: Emerging Dimensions in Indian Foreign Policy
  • Robots at War: The Ethics of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles
  • Local Governments and Policy Responses: The Case of Shifang Protest
  • Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in North America: Comparing Canadian and U.S. Attitude

2012

  • The Bigger Picture: Analysis of Euroscepticism Through the Prism of Trust in Mass Media Channels
  • The Roles of Non-State Actors in Transboundary Water Management
  • An Exploration of the Role of Women's CSOs in Peacebuilding Processes: Current Practices and Future Possibilities
  • The U.S. Financial Crisis and the Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis
  • Entrepreneurs of Violence - The Case of Karachi
  • Catalyst for Crises: The Effect of Expansionary Monetary Policy on Global Food Crises

2011

  • The Effect of Issues and Groups on the Changes in Overall Sovereignty Support in Quebec
  • The Role of Process Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Constitution Making
  • Democratic Regime Advantage?: Acculturation Experiences of the Palestinian Diaspora
  • The Woman Question: A Study of Women's Advancement in Middle Eastern Society
  • Demand, Dislocation, Domination: The Three D's to Human Control
  • Transitional Justice Off Balance: The Effectiveness of Justice Mechanisms and the Rule of Law
  • Understanding the Effects of the Decriminalization of Drug Use on Organized Crime: A Study of Portugal

2010

  • Evolving Responsibility: Humanitarian Intervention and the Preservation of Order in International Society
  • Exploring Advocacy Group Effectiveness – A Case Study of Equal voice
  • Managing Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Can Federalism Work?
  • Reinterpreting the Mafia: American Cosa Nostra vs Italian Mafia
  • Western European Arms Export and Asylum Immigration: A Connection? On the Determinants of Asylum Immigration to Western Europe
  • Freedom of Religion and the Supreme Court: An analysis of preferential treatment
  • A Dubious Exchange: Clientelism and the Awarding of Defense Contracts in the United States
  • Benefits For All: The Case of DeBeers' Diamond Mining Operations in Sierra Leone and Botswana
  • Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkeys? The Effectiveness of the United States Financial Sanctions against North Korea