Higher Politics- Essay Plans

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Stephen Lukes’ classifications of types of legitimacy, authority and power are far more relevant for the 21st century than those of Max Weber. Discuss. [20]
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Intro P1: Lukes: power P2: Weber: power P3: Lukes: authority P4: Weber: authority P5: Both: legitimacy Conclusion
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To what extent is legitimacy crucial to the distinction between power and authority? Discuss with reference to the ideas of Lukes and Weber. [20]
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Intro P1: Lukes: power P2: Weber: power P3: Weber: authority P4: Both: legitimacy (carry legitimacy throughout) Conclusion
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Max Weber’s and Stephen Lukes’ classifications of types of authority and power are still valid today. Discuss. [20]
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Intro P1: Lukes: power P2: Weber: power P3: Lukes: authority P4: Weber: authority P5: Both: legitimacy (brief) Conclusion
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To what extent are the key features of political ideologies different? You should refer to two political ideologies and make new reference to the ideas of the relevant theorists. [20]
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CONSERVATISM VS SOCIALISM Intro P1: human nature P2: change P3: equality P4: rule of law Conclusion
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Analyse Max Weber’s types of authority. [12]
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Intro P1: traditional P2: charismatic P3: rational-legal Conclusion
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Analyse the concept of power with reference to Steven Lukes. [12]
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Intro P1: open face P2: closed face P3: manipulating desires Conclusion
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Analyse the key features of one political ideology that you have studied. You should make reference to the ideas of relevant theorists. [12]
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CONSERVATISM Intro P1: human nature P2: change P3: equality P4: rule of law Conclusion
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To what extent are there differences between the nature and status of the constitutions of two political systems you have studied. [20]
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Intro P1: separation of powers P2: protecting rights P3: codified/uncodified P4: parliamentary sovereignty/ checks and balances Conclusion
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The executive has few limits on its power. Discuss with reference to two political systems you have studied. [20]
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Intro P1: cabinet -president- P2: chief legislator -prime minister- P3: patronage -equal- P4: commander in chief/chief diplomat -president- Conclusion
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To what extent is the origin and passage of legislation similar in two of the political systems you have studied.[20]
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Intro P1: origin P2: introduction P3: committee stage P4: royal assent/veto Conclusion
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To what extent is the judiciary an effective guarantee of citizens rights in two of the political systems you have studied. [20]
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Intro P1: scrutiny of the executive P2: role of constitutions P3: role of supreme courts P4: appointment Conclusion
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\”Political assemblies are failing to scrutinise effectively the actions of the executive.\” Discuss with reference to two political systems you have studied. [20]
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Intro P1: extent of scrutiny P2: committees P3: the senate/parliament P4: collective responsibility Conclusion
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The most important role of the executive is to make policy. Discuss with reference to two political systems you have studied. [20]
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Intro P1: chief legislator P2: cabinet P3: patronage P4: commander in chief/chief diplomat Conclusion
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Compare the role of the executive in making policy in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: origin P2: introduction P3: royal assent/veto Conclusion
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Compare the role of the judiciary in protecting rights in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: scrutiny of the executive P2: role of constitutions P3: role of supreme courts P4: appointment Conclusion
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Compare how the power of the executive is checked in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: extent of scrutiny P2: committees P3: the senate/parliament Conclusion
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Compare how the executive is scrutinised in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: extent of scrutiny P2: committees P3: the senate/parliament Conclusion
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Compare the origin and passage of legislation in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: origin P2: introduction P3: committee stage P4: royal assent/veto Conclusion
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Compare the nature and status of constitutions in two political systems. [12]
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Intro P1: separation of powers P2: protecting rights P3: codified/uncodified P4: parliamentary sovereignty/ checks and balances Conclusion
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Evaluate the relevance of the sociological model in influencing voting behaviour. [12]
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Intro P1: age P2: gender P3: social class P4: location Conclusion
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Evaluate the significance of the party identification model in influencing voting behaviour. [12]
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Intro P1: ‘history’ P2: partisan dealignment P3: modern day voting Conclusion
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Evaluate the significance of long term influences on voting behaviour. [12]
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Intro P1: age P2: party identification P3: social class P4: location
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Evaluate the significance of short term influences on voting behaviour. [12]
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Intro P1: media P2: party/party leader image P3: age Conclusion
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Evaluate the effectiveness of modern technology used by political parties during election campaigns. [12]
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SNP Intro P1: facebook P2: twitter P3: SNP.org P4: crowdfunder Conclusion
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Evaluate the impact of the dominant ideas of a political party on its electoral performance. [12]
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SNP Intro P1: scottish nationalism P2: pro-europeanism P3: social democracy Conclusion
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Evaluate the success of media strategies used by political parties during election campaigns. [12]
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SNP Intro P1: social media P2: other forms of media (interpretation, ownership, political manipulation) P3: website (SNP.org) P4: crowdfunder Conclusion
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Evaluate the effectiveness of traditional campaign strategies used by political parties during election campaigns. [12]
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Intro P1: party political broadcasts P2: canvassing P3: billboards P4: leafleting Conclusion

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