Ideally, this assignment should be at least 350-500 words. More is okay, but less is not a good idea.To help you select a country for your case study on democratic erosion, please ask the following questions:What country are you interested in learning more about? – Describe the country briefly, and explain why you are interested in it.What aspect (topic, question, issue, event) of democratic erosion are you interested in learning more about in relation to the country that interests you? Provide a brief explanation of why you are interested in this topic.What is the scope of the problem the country you selected faces? That is, describe in as much detail as possible the democratic erosion problem you have read about in the news, or heard of on the radio (of course, cite your sources). Who is affected? Are there specific groups affected, the whole nation, or what? How is this problem affecting the quality of democracy? Why is this an issue or problem in the country you selected? These are some of the questions you should reflect on or at least report based on your research.To help you answer the question above, please review the syllabus and look at the various topics listed there, or review Bermeo’s article and select an aspect of democratic erosion she discusses in her article, or identify a newspaper article that raises an issue related to democratic erosion. Explain in a couple of sentences why the particular topic interests you.The most important – the essential tasks – in other words, are to read about democratic erosion in the country of your choice, to reflect on why it interests you, and to describe in as much detail as possible the country and the scope of the democratic erosion problem it faces. You will not be able to develop a case study without reading and without a concrete foundation, so start reading or re-reading.
After selecting a country and identifying a potential threat or challenge to democracy in your country of choice, please write a short (350-500 word) research question proposal that answers the following questions:1. What is your research question? (Please make sure to include an explicit question, and remember that a question is not a statement).2. Why is this research question interesting, important, relevant, timely? (this could be a combination of why it matters to you or the community it affects the most)3. What do you know about this research question? This is where you will demonstrate that you have done some more research after completing your case selection a few weeks ago. Remember that you had to discuss the scope of the problem before. Now, it’s time to demonstrate that you have found evidence to support whatever claims you intend to make in your first and final drafts. What evidence have you found to demonstrate that the problem you identified is serious, ongoing, and potentially damaging to democracy in your country of choice? These are only suggestions of the kind of knowledge about your case you need to demonstrate. The depth of your preliminary research will guide the extend of the evidence you present. To this end, you are required to include 5-8 or more sources from magazines, newspaper articles, or scholarly sources such as books or peer-reviewed articles. You can include more sources, but not fewer than 5-8.4. Who cares about this research question? To answer this question, you need to think about potential sources of information. In other words, think of this question as follows: who cares enough about this topic to produce, collect, or disseminate information on it? (scholars, think tanks, government agencies, non-government organizations, etc.). This questions is interrelated to number three. They both signal that you have done enough research to take the next steps in the research process.
Guidelines for Annotated Bibliography (due on 09/10/2021)Make sure and review templates at bottom of this document
Header template:Your Name:Course: POLS 3401 – Comparative PoliticsAssignment: Annotated BibliographyDue date: 9/10/2021Style format: (e.g., APSA)
Number of citations = 10 – Note that this is a minimum, more relevant citations are welcome.10 citations to articles you discovered on your own that relate to your case (country), democratic erosion topic, and research question
Citation requirementsEach citation should be properly formatted using APSA style. Points will be deducted for errors or inconsistencies in citation format.Keywords and single-sentence synopsisAfter each citation you should have at least three keywords or phrases that describe the content of the articleFollowing these keywords you should formulate a single sentence that you feel best encapsulates the essence of what the article coversAnnotation requirements: 2 paragraphs1st paragraph goes into more detail about the central question raised, arguments made, evidence produced, conclusion reached in the article2nd paragraph describes in specific terms how you think the given article would support the argument you intend to make in your first and final drafts.Describe specifically how each article is useful for country, topic and research question. For example, you might say something like “The statistics provided in this article are necessary to establishing how many journalists have been jailed in Mexico… etc.”NOTE: Simply writing something like “This article will be good for my paper because it’s about my topic” is not sufficient.
Sample citation (APSA style and based on a student’s submission):
Banzhaf, Spencer, Lala Ma, & Christopher Timmins. 2017. “Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place and Pollution.” Journal of Economic Perspectives. Winter 3(1): 185-208.
Keywords: (Pollution, race, poverty, environmental burdens, income inequality)
Opening Sentence: Environmental injustice is related to how social, political, and economic policies advantage some groups over others.
Summary: Three factors play a central role in explaining differences in environmental justice outcomes in the Central Appalachia Valley: geographic location, neighborhood gentrification, and government policies designed to balance economic interests versus social concerns.Justification: This article is going to be useful because it explained the relation between demographic aspects such as income, color and spatial area, as well as it points out how economic aspects such as investment, real estate and political lobbies influence environmental (in)justice. Moreover, the content of this article can be related to another article that talks about sustainable economic development because this other article talks about the Rio+20 conference and how they targeted inequality and poverty as a way of improving environmental justice, so I can use the demographics, examples and statistics of this article to support the ideas of the other one.