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15 Jan 2009
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The function of democratic control of the European Parliament - Analysis of S. Veil's speech

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

Since the origins of the building of the European Community, the idea of a direct election of the EP was present. In the Rome Treaty, the commitment to abolish the system of nominated members was settled, but no timetable was laid down. Thus, it occurred only in 1979, after the reluctance of the...

15 Jan 2009
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The suburbs in France: Drugs, violence & riots

Essay - 13 pages - Political science

This paper gives the reader an introduction to a real French suburb. Recently, the suburbs of France are quite in the picture of the world's media, because of the several riots in November 2005 and even now at this moment. On October the 27th it will be precisely one year ago that the hype...

15 Jan 2009
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"Dancing with Dogma. Britain under Thatcherism" by Ian Gilmour

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

The document under study here is extracted from Dancing with Dogma. Britain under Thatcherism, a book by Ian Gilmour, a Scottish leading figure on the liberal, or "wet", left-wing of the Conservative party, essentially under the governments of Heath and Thatcher. The piece of writing concentrates...

15 Jan 2009
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Democracy for the few (chap. 15), Michael Parenti

Book review - 4 pages - Political science

Michael Parenti is a professor of political science at several American universities. He has a PhD in political science from Yale University. He is known for being a progressive activist and a provocative thinker. As such, he wrote numerous books that focused on the American nation, the role of...

15 Jan 2009
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The balance of power

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

It was not until the beginning of the 17th century, when the science of international law took shape at the hands of Grotius and his successors, that the theory of the balance of power was formulated as a fundamental principle of diplomacy in the realist theory. According to Cobden, the first...

15 Jan 2009
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Try and identify Jonathan Swift's political stands

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

To put it simply, party politics in England during the 18th century were practiced in two different camps - Tory and Whig. Globally, the differences of opinion between the two were based on three key topics - (1) the origin of government, (2) the position of the Church in society and (3) the role...

15 Jan 2009
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The third way

Essay - 9 pages - Political science

In 1999, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder issued a joint statement entitled The Third Way, Die neue Mitte. The statement committed itself to a “newly defined role for the active state” and stated that “the essential function of markets must...

15 Jan 2009
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Is there a French Affirmative Action Policy?

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

Affirmative action was born in the United States. It was originally designed to favour Black people, whose ancestors where slaves. Then, such programs extended to other underprivileged categories of the population: the disabled, the women, the Latinos. The first to use the phrase...

15 Jan 2009
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Case Study: Surasia's ministry of internal affairs (headquarters)

Essay - 13 pages - Political science

This paper will analyse the Suraisia government Ministry of Internal Affairs' attempt to introduce an innovative culture to the Ministry of internal affairs HQ (MIQ) through the creation of “SSS” and “3i” initiatives. This analysis will take into account the drivers of the...

15 Jan 2009
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Building democratic institutions: East and West Lecturer: A. Dimitrova

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

The accession in May 2004 of eight countries from Eastern Europe to the European Union and the future membership of Romania and Bulgaria in 2007 tends to show the importance, for these post-communist states, to find a new order and to gain more stability and security. Indeed, the end of the Cold...

15 Jan 2009
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To what extent can the Thatcher-type reforms be applied in France or adapted to France?

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

During the past twelve years, three of Jacques Chirac's Prime ministers -Alain Juppé, Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Dominique de Villepin- decided to reform but backed out in the face of protests. The election of a new President, who claimed that he was the candidate for change, during the whole...

15 Jan 2009
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What's wrong with the elite theory of democracy?

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

The elite theory of democracy has emerged out of two major concerns of its precursors: no theory of democracy until now has given leadership the importance it ought to have, and none has really settled the issue of whether the common man is up to the task of governing a modern and large society....

15 Jan 2009
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Towards a democratisation of the Middle-East?

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

The Middle East has traditionally been a region where democracy has never really managed to break through. The times of the caliphs had been replaced by a more or less violent period of colonisation. When the time for decolonisation finally came, most of the states -some more or less artificially...

15 Jan 2009
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The nature of present-day public administration theory

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

“A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. This quote from Edmond Burke can be applied not only to the state but also, to some extent, to the field of public administration. Indeed, a book such as The Public Administration Theory Primer (2003),...

15 Jan 2009
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Critically consider Thomas Franck's argument about an emerging right to democratic governance in international law with particular reference to the recent Palestinian elections returning a Hamas governing authority

Essay - 8 pages - Political science

“Democratic tradition involves a richly evolving collection of diverse beliefs, processes and structures that are neither easily characterized in concise terms nor summarized in a single systematic philosophy of governance” . The complexity of democratic governance could not be...

15 Jan 2009
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Social policy and practice in Canada, a history, by Alvin Finkel

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

Social Policy and Practice in Canada is a history book, which deals with the birth and the evolution of the Welfare State in Canada since pre-confederation times. It aims at narrating but also analyzing the social policy, defined as a “set of non-market decisions, public and private, that...

15 Jan 2009
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Quebec separatism

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

One of the main concerns since the creation of the Canadian Confederation in 1867 has been the Quebec question. Nowadays, it is still a big issue in Canadian politics. Quebec has always appeared as a 'distinct society' within the country. It is the core of the main cleavage in Canada: the...

15 Jan 2009
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Judicial activism in Canada

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

In 1982, Canada has known a very significant shift with the adoption of the Charter of Right of Freedom. Before this date, Canada only had a Bill of Rights (1960's) which was a statute and did not allow the courts to restrict the action of the Parliament. But the 1982 Charter of Rights and...

15 Jan 2009
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How far have the French succeeded in imposing a necessary reduction on the role and power of the state?

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

The French state has always occupied a central and essential role and has over the years taken measures to reduce state power. This necessity has to be related to the unprecedented shift in the balance of power, when the Socialists won the elections in 1981. For the first time during the Fifth...

15 Jan 2009
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What are the causes and the consequences of division within the mainstream Right, and to what extent has the creation of the UMP in 2002 created a new unity?

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

The French party system has traditionally been very divided. However, the Fifth Republic is the most “efficient” and stable democratic regime France has ever experienced. Despite this, there still appear to be divisions between the mainstream Right. Therefore, to begin...

15 Jan 2009
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Crisis? What crisis? Darfur

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

Is there a crisis in Darfur? This question looks at first sight rather provoking; everybody is aware of what is happening there. It is one of the main international hot spots. All the more so as the horrible events in Darfur are everything but new. However, this conflict takes place while the...

15 Jan 2009
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Explain the chief causes of the conflict in Chechnya

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

The conflict in Chechnya constitutes one of the most burning issues of the post Cold War Russian federation politics. Actually, the two wars, that took place under Yeltsine's and Putin's presidencies, from 1994 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2001, and even to nowadays, have been the most important...

15 Jan 2009
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Explain why French trade unions, which enjoy so little support, nevertheless seem to exert considerable political influence

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

In France, trade unions were legalised in 1884, but developed very slowly. Trade unions have never enjoyed phenomenal support in France as in the post-war period approximately 35% of workers belonged to a trade union as opposed to a mere 8-9% nowadays, which is by far the lowest proportion...

15 Jan 2009
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How did the feminist politics appear in the nineteenth century?

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

The nineteenth century was very significant for women, mainly because they were at a turning point in their living conditions. It was ascertained that their place was at home and they were not able to think, unlike men. This situation was considered as unbearable by a growing number of women and...

15 Jan 2009
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"What accounts for the success of Silvio Berlusconi in Italian politics since the political crisis of the early 1990's?"

Essay - 8 pages - Political science

As the most dominant Italian politician of his time, Silvio Berlusconi has introduced important innovations in many fields of Italian politics: new ideological approaches, new coalition strategies, new campaign methods and a new leadership style and language. All of these innovations have had a...

15 Jan 2009
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What are the most important features of contemporary Irish political culture? Has this political culture really change significantly since 1960? If so, why has this not had a greater impact on the political party system?

Essay - 2 pages - Political science

Irish political culture is often seen as a peculiar one compared to western European countries. The political culture might be considered as a psychological part of political system: the set of values and attitudes of a political community. According to J. Coakley, it can be divided in tree...

15 Jan 2009
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Discuss de Gaulle's handling of the Algerian War and consider some of the ways in which he exploited the crisis to political ends

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

In 1954, the discontent displayed by Algerian rebels, the Front de Libération National, demanding independence, turned into war and was not settled until 1962, with the involvement of the French national hero, General de Gaulle. The situation in Algeria was different to that in Tunisia or...

15 Jan 2009
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Critically assess available explanations of the rise of the National Front, and assess and explain its impact on French politics

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

The National Front was founded in 1972 by Jean-Marie Le Pen and since the 1980s has managed to enter French political life. The European elections of 1984 saw the National Front gain 11% of votes, and in the parliamentary elections of 1986 and 1988, the National Front won 10%. The...

15 Jan 2009
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Is social capital a useful tool for explaining the politics of public health in the twentieth century city?

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

The development of “politics of public health” is historically dated. As Foucault noted, it appeared with the broader emergence of the idea of “population” which provides, in the modern era, the conceptual framework of health policies. The existence of a common concept,...

15 Jan 2009
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Elites in the United States

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

One of the arguments that have been laid down to explain the defeat of John F. Kerry on the US-Presidential elections in 2004 was his elitist side. Being a White Anglo-Saxon from the North-East, Kerry really corresponded to the image of a politician who would run the country in a technocratic...