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Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 101
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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PARTICIPATION Monday, November 28, 2011 * NOTE: Please fill our course evaluations! Final Exam Format - Please look up location! - 3 Hours: Really a 2 hour exam, but we’re given extra time (4 parts) (1) Definitions (Choose 5/10) - Terms can be from the text or covered in class - Same expectations for answers as on midterm (2) Matched concepts (choose 5/10) - What do they have in common? Why are they matched together? - Why are they relevant? - EG. Centralization and decentralization (Provinces vs. Federal government with more power) (3) Essay I (Choose 1/3) - Topic will be based on information from Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, or 7 (4) Essay II (Choose 1/3) - Topic will be based on information from Chapters 8, 4, 5, 9, 10, or 11 - Studying strategies will be discussed on Wednesday - Office Hours: Mostly the same as during the term (But if you really want to speak to Dr. Baier, contact him beforehand!) Term Paper th - Due Wednesday November 30 - Hand-in a hardcopy during class - Submit electronic copy to turn-it-in (or your paper will not be graded) - Will be returned at the Final exam along with participation grade from the TA Review: Participation - 3 categories of participation (1) Elections (2) Parties (3) Interest groups - Other opportunities for participation not included in the above formal categories should also be discussed Review: Interest Groups - Electoral and financial support calculation of parties - Pluralism of country represented - How representative are interest groups/’special interests’? - Do these groups have too much influence? - Are the groups oppressing common interest of the nation with self-interest? - Interest group resources: government sponsored interest - Resources, while required in order to participate/have influence on public opinion and government policy, often are challenging for interest groups - Historically, governments have been wiling to support interest groups otherwise unable to fund their program and thus influence the government - Government tries to devote resources to a plurality of voices being heard - Organizational funding sometimes comes from government: hire staff, find location, etc. - Conservative government has been less willing to support interest groups - EG. Provide the resources to take the government to court - Interest group behavior related to party support - Interact with and support each other - Interest groups work between elections particularly as lobbyists for certain policy Other Interest Strategies - Instead of using resources for lobbying efforts, some interest groups focus their resource on court challenges - EG. LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), EAGLE - Only strategy: Engaging in litigation (don’t try to lobby) - Identity legal cases and intervene/support claims to challenge government - Successfully championing cases in courts, providing resources for good legal representation, and changing the law thus - EG. Alliance Quebec: protecting minority language rights - Court Challenges Program - After passing of Charter: created an organization that provided small grants to interest groups to challenge government policy - Gives interest resources to fight for rights protected by the Charter - Resource impact success in court tremendously - Niche interests can’t get what they want through majoritarian system
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