The GOP: Still Wandering Through the Wilderness

I was recently having a conversation with a conservative friend of mine when he gleefully pulled out his Blackberry and read to me that day’s Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index, which had just hit a new low. This had become something of a routine for us: he reads to me dwindling poll numbers as [...]

World Cup 2010: Hopes set too high for the Rainbow Nation

In 2004, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced that South Africa would be the host for the 2010 World Cup. For the first time in history, the World Cup is going to be on the African Continent, making South Africa not only stand as its own country, one already faced with the [...]

Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election: A sign of ‘Change’ in 2010

Editor’s Note: This Essay was slated for publication in the Fall 2009 issue, but unfortunately was lost during the production process. The Staff of Vanderbilt Political Review regrets this error.
Last November, the Nation witnessed the historic election of President Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States of America. The election [...]

Vanderbilt Political Review Available online at Common Place!
The fall 2009 issue of the Vanderbilt Political Review is available online now at the Common Place website! We hope to have the print version available the first week after Winter break.

Economics, Gorillas, and Frying Pans

“If you walked into class every single day and a thousand pound gorilla hit you over the head with a hundred pound frying pan, would you keep walking through that door?”
—John Paquet, high school physics teacher
I heard this query often during my high school years. I now offer it to anyone curious as to the [...]

Should the UK Join the Euro?

The Euro dates back to January 1st, 1999, when it became the legal tender for participating European countries within the EU. With the single currency comes a central bank, called the European Central Bank, which conducts monetary policy covering all the members of the Eurozone. There are no longer any separate national monetary [...]

Marxist Healthcare: Separating the Truth from the Bolshevik

The low availability and high cost of health care coverage in the United States necessitates reform. Conservative views employed by the Republican Party define health care as a competitive commodity, and not an inherent right. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, perceives health care as a universal right and not a privilege. Under the [...]

The Case Against the Democrat’s Health care Proposal: Why Government Getting involved in Health Care Should Make You Sick

On November 7th, the House narrowly passed the “Health Care for America” act. This bill creates a government run insurance option, forces individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, expands Medicaid and prevents health insurance companies from charging different rates or refusing coverage due to a persons’s medical history. [1] [...]

A Professor’s Perspective: Dr. Katherine Carroll

VPR: First and foremost, what took you from Vanderbilt to Iraq?
KC: I came to Vanderbilt as an Assistant Dean to the College of Arts and Science in 2001. I didn’t teach in the beginning, but then it was the post-9/11 era and there weren’t a lot of political scientists who taught just specifically about the [...]

From the Board: The Assault on Reason

It seems that this single year brought more political activism than America has seen throughout the past decade. In part, this can be credited to the efforts of our government to become more open with the American public through town hall meetings, Facebook, Twitter, and weekly radio addresses. Given all of these opportunities [...]