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2016 Honorable Mention - Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

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Upper Division Honorable Mention

Cameron Silverberg The Dragon, the Lion, and the Ballot Box: Evaluating China’s Impact on Democracy in Africa
Professor Amy Gurowitz and Professor Leonardo Arriola
Political Science H195

Cameron Silverberg’s honors thesis, entitled “The Dragon, the Lion, and the Ballot Box: Evaluating China’s Impact on Democracy in Africa” explores assumptions about the impact of Chinese investment on the democratization of key African states. Through extensive use of primary and secondary sources available through library databases, and supported by political science and data librarians, he was able to bolster his thesis using quantitative statistical analysis. Professor Amy Gurowitz notes, “(Cameron’s) multiple regression analyses reveal that there is no statistically significant relationship between Chinese engagement and democratic decline on the (African) continent…. (It) is extremely well researched.