Your assignment is to take what you have learned this semester and use it to design your ideal political system for the nation-state described below these instructions. In your paper, you should answer the following four sets of questions and justify your choices, drawing primarily on class lectures, discussions and readings. You are not expected to do additional research for this assignment. Your justifications may be based on the merits or flaws of an option in the abstract, or on how well or poorly a given option works in our cases. The best way to work on this paper is to work on it as we have covered these sets of issues in class.

 

Your paper should be 8-12 pages long and NO LONGER THAN 12 PAGES. A good answer must include materials from class readings and lectures; you are required to include 2 outside sources as well. The outside sources must be peer reviewed sources. You must properly cite this material using Chicago style (this means including parenthetical references and a bibliography). Failure to properly cite your sources is plagiarism, please use a writing guide for citing sources and your bibliography.

 

Your paper will be graded based on the following considerations:

-You must answer all the questions and provide justifications for your choices

– You must show an understanding of the concepts and ideas of the course

-where you are asked for your opinion, the evaluation will depend on how well your support your opinion and not on the opinion itself;

– Logical coherence, i,e, your selections in one section should be compatible with your choices in others and should help you meet your overall political values.

 

Good grammar and spelling will impact your grade. Likewise, the organization and clarity of your writing will impact your grade significantly. For each nation-state you should include the following information:

 

  1. Political Culture: What kinds of political cultures do your nation-states have? Briefly explain the reasons behind these facts. Are the citizens participants, subjects or parochials? Do they adhere to any particular ideology more than another?

 

  1. Political Aims: what political values will be central in your ideal political system? What kind of democracy are you trying to achieve?

 

  1. Managing the economy: How large a role will your state play in the economy? Will it seek to distribute economic benefits?

 

  1. Managing political conflict: What kind of party and electoral system do you want? How many, and what kind of parties? How else will people be able to organize and express their opinions?

 

  1. Political Structures: Do you want a presidential or parliamentary system? Will your political structures be federal or unitary?

 

A good answer will include the following:

 

  1. An introduction in which you outline the way in which your paper will proceed.
  2. A clear, concise statement of your basic arguments. State this in general terms, using concepts outlined in the question. Do not use your examples to make arguments for you.

 

  1. Examples from your issues and discussion should support your argument. These should be used to support and demonstrate your argument to the reader,

 

  1. A conclusion in which you summarize the main points that you discussed in the body of your paper.

 

Focus on writing which is clear and concise; assume that you are writing for a reader that is unfamiliar with these concepts, therefore, clearly define the concepts which you use. Use subheadings when possible to break up the material and to assist in organizing your paper.

 

Your paper must be written in Times New Roman font style and include page numbers and top and bottom of page margins of 1 inch and right/left margins of 1.25 inches.

 

 

Nation-State X

 

Total area (sq. miles)              756,066

Population                              98.5 million

Average population growth    1.8%

Urban population                   74%

 

Ethnic composition                 60% Mixed

30% Ethnicity A

10% Ethnicity B

 

Religious Affiliation                78% Religion A

6%  Religion B

 

Total GNP                              348.6 billion

GNP/Capita                            3680

 

Structure of production          67% Services

26% Industry

8% Agriculture

 

Life expectancy                       75.1 Females

 

69.2 Males

 

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