#MPSA I Submit. I Submit #MPSA2016

I really do enjoy #MPSA and the international attendance. Last year, I had some excellent conversations with scholars from Turkey, Japan, China, Brazil, Ukraine, Germany, and England. Of course, meeting “Frank” was great!  Here’s what I have submitted….

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Title: Republicanism Resolutely Opposes the Patriot Act, Unlike Liberalism, as an Observation of American Culture.

MAIN POINT:  Opposition to the Patriot Act is observed by the power and agency of republicanism, not liberalism. Americans are participating in self-government across the nation. The field may be overestimating the dominance of liberalism.

Abstract: The American political culture consists of multiple political traditions, yet most researchers would agree that liberalism is the dominant element during the early 21st century. My hypothesis is that opposition to the Patriot Act is solely based on republican grounds and that the observed republicanism is qualitatively important to American politics. To determine if republicanism is observed, this paper explains the distinct power and agency relationships within liberalism, authoritarianism, and republicanism as distinct elements of the American culture. Next, I note my procedure to randomly sample and qualitatively assess sentences from world news publications about the “Patriot Act.” Finally, I relate my findings that it is indeed the power and agency of republicanism, and not liberalism, that stands in opposition to the Patriot Act in American politics.

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Title:  A “KEY” to See Power Relationships Within Multiple American Political Traditions

MAIN POINT: There are three column headings: 1. type of government, 2. direction of power, and 3. role of citizenry. There are three rows: 1. liberalism, 2. republicanism, 3. authoritarianism. This a Key for the American culture as a sub-field of American politics!

Abstract The American political culture consists of multiple political traditions; however, most scholars would agree that liberalism is the dominant element during the early 21st century. In this paper, I briefly account for the literature and historical institutional development with respect to American liberalism, authoritarianism, and republicanism. It is clear that each political element does create unique power and agency relationships that are not produced or accepted by the other political elements. As a result, I create a “Key” to show the direction of political power and modes of political agency in regards to each element. Finally, I introduce a discussion about 21st century republicanism and republicanism appears to be quite substantial in regards to altering public policy in American politics on certain issues. I conclude that liberalism is likely to continue to dominate the culture, yet Americans are also utilizing republicanism to change the status quo and we should be careful to not underestimate republicanism as, possibly, a significant element of the culture on many issues to affect American politics.

I review long-held conceptions of American liberalism, republicanism, and authoritarianism to account for the power relationships between the people and their government. Glancing over the American landscape, republicanism is important today.

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MY Main issue / CONCERN:

THERE IS NO Section 101. American Culture and American Politics The section welcomes papers on the American culture that identify how the elements of liberalism, republicanism, liberalism, and/or Biblical Thought affect American politics. We also welcome submissions on Native American Thought and Conservativism. Finally, we welcome submissions in regards to cultural expansions outward as an affect on exogenous cultures. Specifically, given a narrowly tailored topic, how do we observe elements of the culture that are impacting American politics?

**So, these REAL Sections appear close!!!!

Section 2. Comparative Politics: Industrialized Countries This section invites proposals on a variety of topics related to industrialized polities such as electoral politics, political economy, political culture, individual behavior, and political institutions. Theoretically driven studies of substantive topics, and studies involving comparisons are particularly welcome. Proposals employing any methodological approach are welcome. Section Head: John Cioffi, University of California, Riverside

Section 61. Politics and History The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtable proposals covering the broad scope of the study of politics and institutions using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary concern. In particular, the section encourages submissions from scholars whose work focuses on themes related to major political processes and concepts, such as institutional development, idea formation and political culture, state building, party building, democratization, citizenship, political identity, and representation. We encourage research in the traditions of American political development, comparative-historical analysis, and historical-institutionalism more broadly, as well as theoretical work that links these research programs together. Section Head: Joe Lowndes, University of Oregon

Section 40. Political Theory: Critical and Normative This section invites paper and panel proposals involving the critical analysis of central political concepts and discourses centered on contentious political questions. We welcome political theory proposals from scholars at all levels of the profession, and are particularly interested in papers and panels aimed at clarifying the meaning and significance of political ideas (such as justice, power, authority, representation, citizenship, political subjectivity, the nation, etc.) and political relationships through critical analysis of previous articulations and/or through the development of new avenues of political discourse.  Section Head: Ron Schmidt, Sr., Davidson College and Ron Schmidt, Jr. University of Southern Maine

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