Lec 1 - PS 389 Comparative Elections and Election Reform...

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PS 389 Comparative Elections and Election Reform Course Introduction 1/08/09
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Research Paper A research paper is not a report A research paper is not an opinion piece A research paper is not an advocacy piece A research paper starts with a good question!
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Big Questions [How] Does democracy work? What is the role of elections in democracies? Do elections tell us what voters want? What's wrong/right with how U.S. elections work? Should we reform? How? What can we learn from the rest of the world about how to run elections? What can other countries learn from U.S.?
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Importance of Elections A. Practically 1. Produce policymakers 2. Determines who becomes part of political elite 3. Focal point for activity for parties, citizens, interest groups 4. Bearing on the formation of governments a. Presidential versus Parliamentary system
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Pres. v. Parl. Two branches: Executive and Legislative Features of Presidentialism 1. Pres. popularly elected 2. Leg. and Exec. have fixed terms 3. Pres. selects/directs cabinet/government 4. Pres. has some lawmaking power
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Pres. v. Parl.
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2009 for the course POLISCI 389 taught by Professor Allenhicken during the Winter '09 term at University of Michigan.

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Lec 1 - PS 389 Comparative Elections and Election Reform...

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