Monthly Archives: August 2008

Democracy or Dictatorship in Venezuela

IF WE READ THE NEWSPAPERS and watch TV in the United States, we are told that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is a “dictator,” “authoritarian,” “a threat to democracy” in his own country and the region, and “anti- U.S.” But … Continue reading

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Illinois Native Son Richard Wright Turns 100

THE JOURNEY MADE by Richard Wright from son of a Mississippi sharecropper to internationally-known writer is a classic American success story. Born September 4, 1908, Wright would have been 100 this month if he had lived this long. Describing in … Continue reading

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The Effects of Different Electoral Systems

ELECTORAL LAWS AND SYSTEMS have political consequences. Some encourage greater citizen participation than others. Some complicate the voting task while others simplify it. Some provide greater representation of racial, ethnic, and gender groups than others. Some encourage greater accountability of … Continue reading

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