To ensure that the country does indeed have a democratic system, your country should be classified as either a “full democracy” or a “flawed democracy” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. The most recent index can be found either on the EIU website or on Wikipedia.

You are to choose a country with a democratic political system. This country cannot be your own country.

To ensure that the country does indeed have a democratic system, your country should be classified as either a “full democracy” or a “flawed democracy” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. The most recent index can be found either on the EIU website or on Wikipedia.

Sections:

  1. Why can your chosen country be considered a democracy? (300 to 400 words) – 25%
  • Does the country meet the requirements of a liberal democracy that we discussed in class? (you can the slides from our “regimes” week as a guide)
  • What do the political institutions look like in your chosen country? (400 to 500 words) – 40%
  • How is the head of state chosen? Do they have any real power? How is the government and the head of government chosen? What is the relationship between the executive and the legislative branches? How are laws passed? Which election system is used? How many parties typically form the government/administration? Is political power centralized in the capital city or decentralized to lower levels of government? Do the courts play a political role? Are there any other interesting features? (you can use the slides in Week 5 as a guide)
  • What are some complaints about the political system/institutions? (300 to 400 words) – 25%
  • This will be primarily based on your own research.

* Writing and sources – 10%