Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

The POLIS Journal

An occasional journal that showcases a selection of the best essays and papers written by graduating students of the School of Politics and International Studies.


This issue would not have been possible without the excellent editorial work carried out by Marijan-Benedict Hubert and Slawomir Raszewski, two current PhD students in the School.


Funding for this project was provided by Dr. Simon Lightfoot's University Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Simon Lightfoot

POLIS Journal Summer 2010

Welcome to the second edition of our journal that showcases the best of our undergraduate students' work.

POLIS Journal Vol.3 Summer 10


A continuum of violence: a gendered analysis of post conflict transformation, by Amie Alden.

Nationalism and Contemporary German Politics: Inclusion versus Exclusion, by Richard Allen.

The Causes of Bi-partisan Votes in the US Congress, by Joseph Barnsley.

To what extent does the genocide in Rwanda, validate Bauman's thesis that genocide is a distinctly modern phenomenon? By Constance Boydell.

To what extent did the British Labour Party emulate the marketing strategies, ideology and policy formation techniques of the United States Democrats during the 1990s and early Twenty-First century? By Daniel Frosh.

Did the Orange Revolution change Ukraine's geopolitical position regarding Russia and the west? By Daniel Hatton.

Public policy in Scotland after devolution: convergence or divergence, by Rachel Heydecker.

Exploring Post-Development: Politics, the State and Emancipation. The question of alternatives, by Caroline Kippler.

Nationalism, Nationhood and Identity in Virtual Worlds and MMORPG’s, by Lewis Lambeth.

The West as a Normative Power: the case of human rights violations in Burma, by Karin Maasel.

The American Jewry's 'special relationship' with Israel, by Laura McKenzie.

Changing Dynamics of Environmental Politics in Britain: a case study of the UK Climate Change Act, by Simon Rollison.

Can security sector reform alleviate poverty? By Julius Ward.

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