Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ralph Chandler

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan C. Isaak


James Madison and the Framers of the United States Constitution recognized that government cannot divorce itself from the passions of men. In this lies the necessity for mechanisms to ensure the accountability of government. The Constitution does this through a system enumerated powers, in which permissible actions are clearly defined and restricted; separation of powers, in which government actors check the actions of other government actors; and through the guarantee of popular sovereignty, in which the power of government is dependent on a grant of authority from its citizens.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only