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2008 - WESTERN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION Pages: 24 pages || Words: 6656 words || 
1. Barreto, Matt., Garcia-Castanon, Marcela. and Rank, Allison. "¿Como se dice caucus en espanol? Exploring Latino participation in the Nevada Presidential Caucus" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the WESTERN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, Manchester Hyatt, San Diego, California, Mar 20, 2008 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-06-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: During the front-loaded presidential primary season in 2008 many observers pointed out that, for the first time, Latino voters would have a chance to play a meaningful role in selecting the presidential nominees. First among the “Latino states” was Nevada which hosted a nominating contest on January 19, moving up to third in the nation among Democratic contests. However, Nevada held a caucus similar to Iowa, not a traditional primary election, and no research exists to inform our expectations about Latino participation in a caucus. On the one hand, Latinos may turn out in record numbers, for a chance to have Latino voices heard in a presidential primary. On the other hand, the structure of the caucus could disadvantage Latino voters, as it requires higher levels of political knowledge, English skills, and free time. For all the talk of inclusion, Latino participation might be quite low in the Nevada caucus. Add to the mix the hotly contested nine casino caucus sites, potentially catering to Latino voters in Nevada’s hotel and service industry. This paper addresses head on the question of Latino participation in a presidential primary caucus.

2005 - International Studies Association Pages: 45 pages || Words: 10736 words || 
2. McCormick, James. and Mitchell, Neil. "The Congressional Human Rights Caucus: Who Belongs and What Does it Do?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 05, 2005 <Not Available>. 2018-06-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In this paper, we examine the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) and the role that it plays in the shaping of America's human rights policy. Although numerous informal organizations, or caucuses as they are called, exist in Congress and have been examined by scholars, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus has received surprisingly scant attention, either by congressional or human rights scholars. Yet, the CHRC has consistently been one of the largest caucuses within the congressional system, and it has been involved in a large array of human rights activities in the halls of Congress since its inception more than two decades ago. In this research, therefore, we begin to evaluate the role of the CHRC in two complementary ways-first, by examining who joins this caucus and who does not, and second, by describing and evaluating the activities of the CHRC in the global human rights policies and actions of the United States. With the assistance of a grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center, we have completed considerable work on both dimensions of this research and should be able to complete the paper wholly in time for the Hawaii meetings. To address the first dimension, we test some theoretical arguments about who in Congress would likely join the CHRC and who would not. These arguments focus upon some common political, ideological, and constituency characteristics that seemingly would differentiate members from non-members in the CHRC. We evaluate these arguments with data from the membership of the 106th Congress (already collected but not yet fully analyzed). Our overall aim with this part of the analysis is to evaluate how cohesive the CHRC is politically, ideologically, and demographically within the halls of Congress. To address the second dimension, we utilize some quantitative and qualitative data on CHRC activities (already collected). Some documentary evidence comes from the CHRC in which it outlines its activities over the years. Other qualitative data comes from a series of interviews that we conducted with members and staff of the CHRC and with human rights interest groups involved with the CHRC within the past year. Our overall aim with these latter types of data is to describe the CHRC activities and to assess its impact on the foreign policy process of the United States in the area of global human rights.

2006 - International Studies Association Pages: 31 pages || Words: 7292 words || 
3. McCormick, James. and Mitchell, Neil. "Activists in the Congressional Human Rights Caucus: Evidence from Recent Congresses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2018-06-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In this research, we seek to identify the members of the House of Representatives who are the most active participants in the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) and assess the impact of those members on the human rights initiatives that are making their way through Congress. Our interest in these members is for both substantive and theoretical reasons. On a substantive level, we are interested in which members have been the most involved in human rights legislation and how successful they have been in having an impact within Congress and beyond. On a theoretical level, we are interested in the kinds of members who devote their time and energy to human rights questions and what form their involvement takes. Put differently, we are interested in the level of commitment and level of involvement across the CHRC membership (and perhaps those outside of the Caucus) on human rights issues. In this way, we will gain a fuller understanding of who participates on human rights matters and how they participate. We will also be able to provide a fuller assessment of how this Caucus impacts its members and the larger institution.This research builds upon our past work in which we have already examined the factors that account for membership in the CHRC for the 107th and 108th Congress. This paper thus takes that analysis into greater depth by examining the human rights activities of those who have joined the Caucus in these two recent Congresses. In order to do this expanded analysis, we develop a measure of human rights involvement, by examining which members attend and are involved in the Caucus?s briefings and the related activities. By identifying those members, and the frequency of their involvement in Caucus activities, we will be in a position to specify key human rights activists in these two Congresses. Building upon our previous work, too, we will then turn to develop and test ideological, political, and constituency propositions that may account for those members who are activists and those who are not. We do not anticipate any problem in completing this paper in a timely fashion, since we have already collected the necessary data for the 108th Congress and will be able to do the 107th Congress this summer.

2004 - The Midwest Political Science Association Words: 443 words || 
4. Nelson, John. and Nelson, Anna. "Politics of Sight and Sound: Appeals in Iowa Caucus Ads for 2004" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 15, 2004 <Not Available>. 2018-06-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: What
kinds of politics surface in campaign spots on television? Ask analysts
of public opinion or campaign reporters, and their answers feature the
familiar spectrum that stretches from Liberalism on the Left through a
Moderate Middle to Conservatism on the Right. This is the ordinary
language of politics in the United States. It informs the n-dimensional
study of belief systems in political science. And it leads some
scholars to classify in Left-Right terms the issues and positions in
political ads.
This approach has merit, but it suffers two shortcomings. Research
shows that political spots are potent because they communicate with
sights and sounds, and not just words, yet the issue-position approach
ignores the sights and sounds to analyze only the words. In studying
the words, moreover, this approach ignores politics that do not fit the
Left-Right spectrum.
Historians and theorists recognize a richer field of politics in
America. In elections and other arenas, they discern ideologies such as
liberalism, conservatism, and socialism. But they also see movements
like feminism, environmentalism, and globalism. And they acknowledge
styles on the order of democratism, populism, and republicanism. These
politics are important in many election spots, and they appear as
powerfully in the sights and sounds as in the words. A ready example is
the Schwarzenegger campaign, where the ads were populist far more than
republican or conservative, let alone liberal, and where the candidate
held the old populist icon of the broom (for sweeping the stables of
corrupt government).
The essay analyzes sights, sounds, and words to measure the prominence
and map the modes of appearance for these politics in campaign spots.
It taps the Iowa archive of several thousand political ads coded for
their popular genres of images and sounds, their speech acts, their
voices, and other properties beyond issue positions. It draws, too, on
an audiovisual grammar developed for analyzing politics in popular
films. Then it focuses on presidential spots for the 2004 Iowa
caucuses, where already the contenders on television are appealing to
politics that fit poorly, if at all, into the familiar spectrum from
Left to Right.
This lets the essay explore advertising reliance on (1) liberal appeals
to issue positions and promises versus republican appeals to political
characters and credentials versus populist attacks on insiders and
interests, (2) liberal logics of problem and solution versus
conservative structures of trouble and conciliation versus
environmental forms of system and disturbance, (3) democratic images of
level dialogue versus republican poses of elevated leadership versus
populist icons of accessible charisma, and the like.
John Nelson teaches political theory and communication at Iowa. His
books include VIDEO RHETORICS (Illinois 1997) and TROPES OF POLITICS
(Wisconsin 1998), and some of his essays on politics of film are
forthcoming in POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. Anna Nelson studies government
at Harvard and law at Yale. Her articles appear in the AMERICAN
They have written three convention papers together, and two have been

2005 - The Midwest Political Science Association Words: 37 words || 
5. Hoeveler, John. "Georgia and the Caucuses: Transformation in a Post-9/11 World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 07, 2005 <Not Available>. 2018-06-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper will discuss the implications of Georgia's closer ties with America. I will discuss how Georgia is positioning itself as an ally of America and what role this will play in the War on Terrorism.

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