POLI 227 – Lecture Notes
March 18, 2013
-section 1: do two (worth 12.5% each)
-section 2: do one (worth 10%)
-section 2 is usually focused on conferences
-questions should require you to integrate information from different places
-covers ALL course material
before and after midterm
-use examples, where useful and appropriate
-but a bad example is the best way of showing you don’t know what you’re talking about
-almost always a question about a fictional country
-these questions can be a good opportunity to show off knowledge across the range of the
Before the exam
-review old exams (via library)
-prepare possible questions
use course headings as guide to possible questions
-practice answers (in point form)
During the exam
-be on time
-bring pens, ID card, watch, etc
-allocate time based on value
section 1: about 65 minutes each
section 2: about 50 minutes
-writing the exam at Cineplex (…) -there will be little desks available
-when you know where your exam is, make sure you’re certain where that room is
-probably no clock in the Cineplex; bring a watch
important tool for exam writing
-amount expected to be written on exam is amount you can be reasonably expected to write in
the time you have
-draw up an essay plan
be sure to address all of the components of the question
may need to integrate material from multiple sources (readings, lectures, conferences)
check the clock
The Military in (and out of) politics
Once in power…
-anti-politics vs. politics
-can we draw generalities about what militaries do once they have political power?
-initially when the military seizes power people might be scared so there won’t be many political
-but eventually the military has to start making decisions
-society’s issues can’t be kept away indefinitely by threat of force
-so military faces a choice about whether or not they want to keep governing
or was it just a temporary corrective measure?
Human rights abuse
-human rights protection tends to be weaker in military regimes
-after all, military have almost always seized power through unconstitutional means
-generally, military regimes don’t have a good track record for recognizing human rights
-no evidence that military regimes do particularly well in this sense
-further discussion of what military regimes might/might not do in power
Once in power
-the choice… to build structures for long-term military rule (“institutionalization”)?
to hand over to civilian rule (“abdicate”)?
Staying (or going)
-how does the military view civil-military relations?
-is it agreed on withdrawal
-will its interests be protected?
-are there internal or external pressures to “return to the barracks”?
-is there a civilian structure/leadership that power can be handed to?
-sometimes they will only reluctantly intervene
-military doesn’t always see itself as having an appropriate political rule