• Type of paper Term Paper
  • Subject Political Science
  • Number of pages 7
  • Format of citation APA
  • Number of cited resources  5
  • Type of service  Writing

Term Paper  Prompt: Introduction to Political Theory, POT 2002 These papers are supposed to be analytic and argumentative papers and  NOT opinion pieces or book reviews. You are not simply to summarize  readings or give your opinion about the readings but rather to provide  an argument and take a position. The student should be sure to provide a  clear, concise, and coherent argument for the position they take and  not engage in demagoguery or political activist grandstanding. The  reader will not care about the student’s political views or which  positions s/he takes, but rather how well that position is argued.  Finally, all papers should cite properly. APA or Chicago style is  usually appropriate for the humanities and social sciences but any  recognized style will do. 1. In every political society there has been a structure of power  sharing. Some have been more democratic and egalitarian than others. In  this essay, explain the proper role of power and authority (be it  governmental or another kind) in political society. In other words, make  an argument for how power and authority should be shared (or not shared  – or whether we can obviate it altogether) and exercised in  communities, regions, countries, and even globally. Should it be purely  repressive? Should it be democratic? Should a given authority only  exercise force when protecting its own legitimacy or power? Or, should  it be productive and enhance the capabilities of those under its  control? Does inequality (natural or economic) play a role? What role to  class divisions play? Should authority be vested in only a certain kind  of individual or group or should it belong to everyone equally? How?  Why? 2. In your answer, consider different sources of power and authority  (epistemological, intellectual, economic, legal, traditional,  democratic, participatory, moral or amoral) and how they are usually  legitimized. Pay special attention to the themes we emphasize in class.  In your answer, show me you have understood the material we have covered  in class. Make sure to outline your essay ahead of time and clearly  organize it to effectively make your point. Be sure to make your point  concisely and coherently. You should make use of your reflections to  help you organize your thoughts about key thinkers you would like to  reference. Though there could be much to say about this topic and I’m  giving you plenty of flexibility in terms of how you approach the  question, focus your thoughts on a few key elements and be direct. These  papers are an opportunity critically dissect existing societal  arrangements and to flesh out your thoughts on how things should be!  Have fun and dive in! Also, make sure to reference the authors we  covered in class.


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