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Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

Dr. Mokhtar Bouba


Liberals and conservatives have waged conflict over development strategies since the founding of the United States of America. Observers of the 2016 Presidential Election may have noticed an escalation of a preexisting trend of destructive engagement between Democrats and Republicans. The researcher pursued primary and secondary research in an attempt to understand how conflict within and between development paradigms in the United States can be transcended. The central research question was regarding how this conflict affects efforts towards peacebuilding at the grassroots from the perspective of a liberal. The literature review provides a brief histories of US American Political Economy and Political Economy as an academic discipline with a focus on Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes. The secondary research was done in conjunction with an online survey of seventy-eight individuals, collecting demographic information as well as participants’ views on political conflict in economic policy. A discussion emerges, blending the findings of the two inquiries into several main trends preventing transcendence of conflict within US American development paradigms. The willingness to make leaps of faith for a Political Economic ideology and disempowered moderate, in relation to liberals and conservative voices, were noted within both primary and secondary research. Future research is suggested in the role of faith in ideology and a disempowered moderate in prevention of peacebuilding.


American Politics | Behavioral Economics | Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Economic History | Economic Theory | Growth and Development | Political Economy | Politics and Social Change