European Politics Midterm Exam

Question Description

The following is a take-home exam covering the material from the first part of the class, which focused largely on the UK and France.

–The exam is broken down into two sections – one on people and concepts (choose 5 out of the 10) ; the

second concerns larger topics and themes (choose 2 out of the 5).

**Section I. People and Concepts: Please provide a not long, one to two paragraph

answer on five of the following. Each answer counts for 10 points.

Mark Mazower

Stein Rokkan

Brexit

The Glorious Revolution

Clement Attlee

The Winter of Discontent

Margaret Thatcher

Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets)

Charles de Gaulle

Marine Le Pen

Answer two of the following for 25 points each:

1. It is said that the UK does not have a written constitution unlike the United

States and France. What kind of constitutional arrangement does the UK have?

How did it evolve? And does it provide for the basis of good government?

2. British and French political thinkers during the Enlightenment served up ideas

concerning the role of men/women in society and what type of political system

best suited them. Who were the key British and French thinkers and what exactly

did they have to say? Were there any major differences between them?

3. The Scottish Referendum and Brexit have been major tests of British

democracy. Considering the strains of each development, how did the British

political system handle these challenges? In answering the question define the

major points around the Scottish independence movement and why a majority of

British wanted to depart from the European Union.

4. The French Revolution is regarded as one of the major developments in French

history and politics. What were the principal forces behind the revolution, how

did it unfold and what are its legacies? In answering the question, were there any

theories that sought to explain the course of revolution and why we should pay

attention to it in today’s world?

5. Compare and contrast the British and French political systems. In answering

compare and contrast such institutions as the role of chief executive of

government, national legislatures and judicial systems.

Prof. Angela

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