PO 235 Washburn University Portuguese Republic Political Revolution Country Report For this paper you will select one of the above countries to write a country report; similar to the country studies you have read in the textbook. (1) You will provide a very brief historical description of how the country came to the current form of democracy/authoritarianism that exists today. (2) You will then provide an overview of the governing institutions in the country and a brief description of their current leader(s). Based upon what you have learned in class, what are the strongest and weakest points for their governing structure? (3) This is followed by a discussion of the ten conditions for democracy from Chpt. 9—Given your research about your country, which factors do you think are the strongest points of support for democracy in your country and which do you think are the weakest. You do not need to address all then in your paper, just those that are relevant. (4) Discuss current conditions in the country—gdp/capita, ethnic/religious divides, freedom house score, GINI, etc. (5) Describe two to three current difficulties your country currently faces. What is the government doing to help alleviate these problems? In your opinion have the government’s policies helped to alleviate these problems or aggravated the problems? What do you think should be done to combat these problems?
* Worth 20% of your grade; 5-7 pages double spaced in length
* A good place to get research would be to use the websites listed in your course syllabus, and linked to Desire to Learn (WU Library, CIA-World Factbook, Freedom House, Adam Carr’s Psephos Project, Transparency International, GINI and GEM, Amnesty International, and the News Sites—NYTimes, BBC World News, The Guardian, Washington Post, the Economist etc).
* If there is a country that you are interested in studying but it is not on the list, please see me for approval.
* Although Wikipedia is a great informal source of information, its content is not reviewed/authenticated, for this reason it is inappropriate to site as a source of information in your academic paper.
-Title page and works cited page 5 pts
-Use of Sources—must use at least 5 sources 5 pts
(Citation of sources, note–one of which must be a book or a journal article, the rest can be news stories or internet sources)
-Introduction and Conclusion 10 pts
-Paper Content 70 pts
-Overall Paper Quality 10 pts PO 235
Country Study Research Paper Rubric
-Use of Sources—must use at least 5 sources
(Citation of sources, note–one of which must be a book or a journal article, the rest can
be news stories or internet sources)
-Introduction and Conclusion
Conditions for Democracy
-Overall Paper Quality
Edited, well written, good flow
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