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POL2101 FINAL STUDY GUIDE
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Department
Political Science
Course
POL2101
Professor
Luc Turgeon
Semester
Winter

Description
April 4, 2014 FINALEXAM th  April 24  Divided into three parts  PartA: Key Terms • Pick five out of nine • Material since the mid-term  Part B: pick one essay out of two (only second term) • Focus on the second part of class  Part C: pick one essay out of two (both parts of term) • broader question, so material of the entire term Important Readings • all the articles byAlan Cairns (especially the one on the electoral system) • Simeon and Robinson on Federalism – explaining why federalism evolved over time – time mechanisms that explain why federalism evolved • Brodie and Jenson; Carty et al. on political parties – understand what’s unique about Canadian political parties – the notion of brokerage parties • Neil Nevite (ch. 75) – political participation – deference in Canada? • From the beginning of the year -Donald Savoie -Gad Horowitz • From the tutorials: Readings from the week on the Court and the week on Electoral Reform – whether Canada should reform the Electoral system Part A– Key Terms • All taken from the list of key terms presented at the beginning of each lecture since the mid-term • Define the key terms, present the key characteristics, and discuss their significance • Present the definition from the PP and different dimensions/aspects of this concept • Provide examples • Present some of the debates related to that concept Part B and Part C: Essays • Should present an argument/thesis in your introduction -Ex: This essay will make the case that… • Try to organize your argument in different sections • Define key concepts. Ex: if the question is about the SMP electoral system, you should tell us what the SMP system is. • If relevant, try to make references to the readings • If relevant, try to acknowledge opposing viewpoints • Respond to the question • An essay is in your viewpoint on an issue that is sustained by evidence/facts discussed in class and in the readings Key themes • Federalism  evolution of federalism over time (Robinson & Simeons)  centralization vs. decentralization (Canada – decentralized) -fluctuated over time – originally very centralized – then waves of decentralization, etc. -if we consider ourselves to countries likeAustralia, we’re decentralized -provinces raise the majority of revenues themselves (own income tax, corporate tax, sales tax, etc.)  symmetry vs. asymmetry -Canadian federation - political parties -la
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