Hi, I’ve been to the Midwest Political Science Conference twice now, and I’m applying again for 2014. Here is the abstract I plan to submit in a few hours. I welcome your comments / suggestions. This paper is basically the main evidence chapter from my dissertation.
I find evidence of republicanism in America as a competing ideology with liberalism as a response to 9/11 (i.e., multiple traditions). Based on my dissertation, I created indicators for authoritarianism, liberalism, and republicanism. I created a database of articles on the “Patriot Act” (systematic sample) from 2001 to 2013 (Lexus Nexus search). I coded all sentences for the political language indicators or null (variable 1). I also coded sentences seeking repeal, the keeping of, or the expanding of the Patriot Act (variable 2). I find that republicanism is of some salience to American political development, and should therefore be considered as an alternative explanation in APD research when only a liberal perspective is given. There is evidence that some early 21st century Americans promote republicanism over liberalism and authoritarianism.