2-5 pg comparative politics debate paper

This debate stems from concepts and scholarship introduced in D&E comparative politics integrating theories methods and cases Chapter 10 (Executives) and from the short Linz reading on “Perils of Presidentialism.”

you need to prepare a minimum 2-page (double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 1″ margins) position paper that argues in favor of either presidentialism or parliamentarism as models of government. You also need to reference at least 5 academic sources — no more than 2 sources from the book comparative politics integrating theories methods and cases (so you need to find 3 scholarly sources independently). Please use the APSA reference style

Here is a guide to the organization of the position paper:

Organization

Sample Outline

I. Introduction
___A. Introduce the topic
___B. Provide background on the topic to explain why it is important
___C. Assert the thesis (your view of the issue). More on thesis statements can be found below.

Your introduction has a dual purpose: to indicate both the topic and your approach to it (your thesis statement), and to arouse your reader’s interest in what you have to say. One effective way of introducing a topic is to place it in context – to supply a kind of backdrop that will put it in perspective. You should discuss the area into which your topic fits, and then gradually lead into your specific field of discussion (re: your thesis statement).

II. Your Argument
___A. Assert point #1 of your claims
_____1. Give your educated and informed opinion
_____2. Provide support/proof using more than one source
___B. Assert point #2 of your claims
_____1. Give your educated and informed opinion
_____2. Provide support/proof using more than one source
___C. Assert point #3 of your claims
_____1. Give your educated and informed opinion
_____2. Provide support/proof using more than one source

You may have more than 3 overall points to your argument, but you should not have fewer.

III. Counter Argument
___A. Summarize the counterclaims
___B. Provide supporting information for counterclaims
___C. Refute the counterclaims
___D. Give evidence for argument

You can generate counterarguments by asking yourself what someone who disagrees with you might say about each of the points you’ve made or about your position as a whole. Once you have thought up some counterarguments, consider how you will respond to them. You will want to leave your reader with a sense that your argument is stronger than opposing arguments.

It is usually better to consider one or two serious counterarguments in some depth, rather than to give a long but superficial list of many different counterarguments and replies.

Be sure that your reply is consistent with your original argument.

IV. Conclusion
___A. Restate your argument
___B. Provide a plan of action but do not introduce new information

The simplest and most basic conclusion is one that restates the thesis in different words and then discusses its implications.

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