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Advanced Placement Comparative Government​ ​

Term Paper
Due: Monday, April 23, 2012

Mr. Singh and Mrs. Waples
The Last Term Paper (R.I.P.)


AP Comparative Government students
will evaluate information
accessed from CCHS Library Databases,
critically and competently,
and write an analytical research paper.

group of cartoon people holding hands around a globe
The four traits of a liberal democracy are political accountability, political competition, political freedom and political equality.  Democracy is a continuum, and no country fully practices consolidated liberal democracy, although the United States and Great Britain come close.
In a well- developed essay (no longer than 8 pages), with an analytical thesis, pick TWO countries and predict which one will be the most democratic ten years from now.  Consider all four traits of liberal democracy in reaching your conclusion.  The countries from which to choose are:  Russia, China, Iran, and Nigeria.
You may use anything from (1) the Hauss textbook, (2) the Democracy Briefing Paper, and (3) any reading assigned for Socratic seminars or panel discussions.  Do not use any other sources without the instructor’s permission.
Scoring Guide

Introduction with analytical thesis

Background about each country​​


Comparison/analysis of accountability


Comparison/analysis of competition
Comparison/analysis of freedom
Comparison/analysis of equality
Note:  You are expected to use good grammar, punctuation and mechanics.  Points may be deducted for poor writing.


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Consult A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker or any other style manual
with MLA7 updates. The library has many manuals for you to consult.
Cite your sources with EasyBib. Link to from the library, "Research & Style Guides" to register for your own account. Ask a librarian if you have any questions on how to use the EasyBib citation maker.
If you have questions about citing sources or searching the databases, see a Teacher-Librarian.


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