The success of democracy in the United States.

Comparative Approach Research Paper Instructions

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You are required to write a short research paper evaluating and analyzing the comparative approach introduced in your textbook readings. Your readings this week addressed various ways of approaching comparing and analyzing aspects of political systems. For this assignment, assume that you are preparing to begin a project that attempts to explain the success of democracy in the United States.  Please write a 5–7-page research paper explaining how you might approach this project. Specifically, your paper should: 1) Describe in detail how the comparative approach described in the Dickovick and Eastwood textbooks might apply to this question; 2) Explain which prominent questions might be addressed, what kinds of facts and evidence might be useful, and which kind(s) of comparison(s) would be beneficial; and 3) Explain what role prevailing worldviews might play in the presumptions of a comparative approach and what role a Judeo-Christian worldview might play in one’s approach to this project.

This is a graduate-level research assignment designed to test your ability to gain a nuanced understanding of complex concepts, synthesize the comparative approach ideas of Dickovick and Eastwood with the prevailing worldview ideas of Martin, and evaluate and apply these ideas to a comparative politics question.

As with all graduate-level assignments, you are expected to comport with the highest writing, research, and ethical standards.  To do well on this assignment you must conduct high-quality research and offer rich, well-supported analysis; mere opinion or conjecture will not suffice.

There should be no careless or simple grammatical errors such as misspellings, incomplete sentences, comma splices, faulty noun/verb agreement, etc. Such errors will result in substantial point deductions.

Plagiarism in any form is strictly prohibited and may result in failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and/or removal from the program. It is your responsibility to ensure that you fully understand what constitutes the various forms of plagiarism and that you avoid all forms of plagiarism.

The text of this research paper must be 5–7 pages (not including title page, reference page, and any appendices). This paper must be in current Turabian format with 1-inch margins, must be in 12-pt Times New Roman font, and must include a title page and reference page. You must include citations to a sufficient number of appropriate scholarly sources to fully support your assertions and conclusions (which will likely require more than the minimum number of citations); each paper must contain citations to a minimum of 3 scholarly sources, not including the course textbook, assigned readings, and the Bible.

Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 1.