Senior Legacy Symposium 2012
The Senior Legacy Symposium is a celebration of outstanding student work across the University. In 2012, the Political Science department nominated three students: Liz Ramsey, Christina Simpson, and Jasmina Vajzovic.
Liz Ramsey gave a talk on "Local Control of the St. Louis Police Department: A Geographical Issue?" Her project examined the correlation between proximity to St. Louis, a feeling of accountability, and a state representative's vote on local control over the St. Louis Police Department. She found that the farther from St. Louis a representative is, the more like the representative is to vote for local control of the St. Louis Police. Liz's faculty mentor was Dr. Matthew Hall.
Christina Simpson prepared a poster on "Factors Underlying the Different Levels of Environmental Policy in the U.S. and E.U." Her project examined why the European Union is a leader in attempts to protect the environment while the U.S. maintains comparatively limited and ineffective policies. She found that obstacles such as an anti-statist legacy, the federalist structure of government, low public interest, powerful interest groups, and polarized political parties bind American efforts. Chrissie's faculty mentor was Dr. Christopher Witko.
Jasmina Vajzovic presented a poster on "Transitions from Communism in the Yugoslav States." Her project examined the factors that affected transitions from communism in five republics of the former Yugoslavia, focusing on geography, imperial legacy, and ethnic fragmentation. She found that, in addition to those factors, political elites had considerable impact on whether republics transitioned to democracy or not. Jasmina's faculty mentor was Dr. Ellen Carnaghan.