Res Publica
Volume XII
2007

Editors-in-Chief
Elizabeth Dennis
Brett A. Strand

Assistant Editors
Chelsea Schafer
Kristi Katz
Hayley Jones

Faculty Advisors
Tari Renner
Greg Shaw

Note From the Department Chair

Editors'  Introduction

About the Authors

Todd Kumler - Living Wage Ordinances

Liz Chandler- A Divided America? Examining the Polarization of the Electorate From 1974 to 2004

Allison A. Bannerman- Explaining Compliance with International Agreements Against the Trafficking of Children

Elizabeth A. Dennis- Exploring Women's Representation in the Parliaments of Latin America

Brett Strand- Ancient Bonds, Contemporary Powers: Investigating the Causes of Center/ Periphery Conflict in the Russian Federation