lecture_15_-_approaches_to_reform_a_3.10.08b

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1 What’s going on in the world? Spain Serbia
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2 Questions? People did very well on the papers More later Study guide is online Reserve the right to make changes until 2:30 today Expect you to know about a bunch of countries But don’t need to know itty-bitty details Expect you to know main analytical points E.g., Why was Chile described as having an “inefficient secret”? What was the impact? What happened to it?
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3 Final Format 2 sections – Answer 3 Essay Questions total Each question counts equally Format Part A: Choose 1 of 2 questions Harder/broader questions Part B: Choose 2 from between 3 and 5 questions Mostly, less broad But for 1 of these, can choose 1 from Part A that you didn’t answer If so, get 1/3 “extra credit” E.g., answer meriting a B would get B+
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4 Substance of Final Conceptually more difficult material in 2 nd half of class Will be harder than the paper But not same as one-right-answer questions on midterm Think a lot about Combinations of rules Importance of parties Big concepts like efficiency How does this all affect “big” issues like stability?
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5 General Recommendations Remember to balance your time – average no more than 40 minutes per question! Be sure to make an argument that you state clearly at beginning of essay. You should present a thesis statement very early (ideally end of first paragraph or simply the very start of the essay). Be sure to cite authors and their arguments by name. Probably a good idea to outline your answer before writing it. Be sure to focus on answering the question as you go along (and not meander around, simply showing all you know on the topic).
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6 This week Reforms and various approaches to “fixing” politics Be clear when making evaluations What is purpose?
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7 “Normative” A judgment of whether something is good or bad 2 general ways of evaluating Normatively, think something is “good” or “bad” Evaluation according to particular standard or measure Important to keep in mind what type of evaluation you are doing in a given case
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Term Limits in U.S. Most fundamental electoral reform of 1990s in U.S. What is it? Passed by popular state initiatives in many states for state and federal elections Why struck down at federal level? Any term limits at national level?
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POL 140A taught by Professor Scheiner during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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