2007 Final Review domestic sources

2007 Final Review domestic sources - Fall 2007 Final Review...

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Fall 2007 Final Review Domestic Sources of US Foreign Policy POLS 30210 The exam will consist of two parts: The essays will count for 50% and the terms will count for 50% of the final exam grade. PART I Tips for writing the essays: 1. Make an outline from your class notes and from the readings for each of the questions. Then study from the outlines. You should come into the exam ready to write. 2. Cite, where possible, from the readings. 3. Give me an introduction and a conclusion. This way I will know what to expect and will look for it within the essay. The essays will be evaluated by the following: 1. Relevancy-You must answer the question asked. 2. Clarity and focus of thesis. 3. Breadth of knowledge (show knowledge of material from class discussions, and lectures, and readings). 4. Strength of argument (effective use of evidence—evidence could be examples from class lectures, class readings and relevant outside sources). 5. Form (use of well-structured sentences, well-organized paragraphs, include an introduction and summary and avoid spelling errors) VAGUE GENERALIZATIONS WILL NOT RECEIVE MUCH CREDIT, USE SPECIFIC, CONCRETE EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT ANY ARGUMENTS MADE . Two of the following FOUR questions will be presented to you on the day of the final exam. You will be asked to choose and answer two of them. 1. Imagine that you are a close advisor to a new incoming president Offer extensive advice about how the president-elect should handle the domestic scene while pursuing his agenda in foreign affairs. Why is it important for the president to garner positive public opinion? Can the president expect to be able to use a show of force, or other symbolic acts, to rally opinion around his administration? Can the president expect the public will support his actions during a military intervention? What should the president know about the quality of public opinion and elite cues? Rally and Approval Ratings, Brody, Shapiro, Page, Jordan 2. According to the bureaucratic politics model, foreign policy inconsistencies coming out of the White House often derive from a high level of diffusion of power spread over a variety of executive agencies thereby increasing the likelihood of “pulling and hauling” between political actors. Choose a foreign policy decision that you feel
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demonstrates the applicability of the bureaucratic politics model in understanding the structural and strategic policy options advocated by various voices within the White House. 3. According to Donald Snow, there exists a mismatch between when the US has national interests and where there is the most regional instability. For Snow, “the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam are in the past; the Kosovos of this world are our immediate future.” What role does the media play in determining whether the United States chooses to intervene in humanitarian crises? How much influence does the media have in shaping public opinion and in altering people’s political behavior? What type of humanitarian crises are more likely to stir US decision-makers to
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