Writing Co-op (Just Put Words in the Bucket!)
"Just put words in the bucket," and "All good writing comes from bad writing." Wise advice from Professor Susan Felch, Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, and the driving force behind the Writing Co-op. The aim of the co-op is to provide faculty with a protected space in which to advance or complete a writing project. They must apply each year by April 15. Once accepted, they pledge to spend a week in the library writing and revising.
One of the chosen faculty this year is Political Science professor and Director of Calvin's pre-law program, Joel Westra. Joel writes:
"I am writing a book examining efforts by states to shape the institutional architecture of the post-World War II international security order by building and rebuilding institutional arrangements addressing security issues. I am working on two journal articles (which eventually will become book chapters). The first article explores the limits of the rational design approach, which attempts to explain the design of institutional arrangements based on states’ rational design choices. The second article evaluates implications of various bargaining mechanisms as alternative explanations for observed institutional design, using negotiations of arms control treaties as case studies."