Introduction to Comparative Politics (Winter 2023-2024)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Winter 2023-2024) Second Short Reflection Paper: Instructions 1. Watch the lecture recording for Week 6 and reflect on the main arguments presented. You may refer to the following summary to engage with the lecture recording effectively. Link: https://dm7crvy4e45rz.cloudfront.net/0a/df/0adf8787b9bf56074dc09b57be3106c538da6273?respons e-content-disposition=inline%3Bfilename%3D%22video1837044785.mp4%22&response-content-ty pe=video%2Fmp4&Expires=1714826100&Signature=ttmyyI6-HUito-CQzD-G9Ji~xPhHPnSIb-eD MTpO2Rug9cnaSC9K7-N7oa7sVv9K7~1txYZnLIWU9MFy201sOY4ko~Qd0bdVKUCLwCRs3Jm DWEvZ0R2XNMiKdrxENdpYsBarnLyvpXQ1vgfC1Qxt3C1qIeMJSFU-AKsl~5R094bBpH2Ms6G t4Mz3JCj3eUHzytVO6Zhd6sIFptAoRb8zY5JxtsiQ4UoUFgLPhyrQ2T-Wyzn~87WLe-r~wUO29C UdITIF-IOQXOQhWNGIwqufKu5~7KRALFMDL~~4d7~u6MrV3NDzWe6pAB~0ZepM8fKCzVc 95i2nwp0B6oiER8N9Dw__&Key-Pair-Id=APKA3VN5SDFQOQVA6FNZ Lecture Summary: During the April 25th lecture, I argued that in the mainstream discourse, the prevalent assumption is that unlike the Global South, ‘representative democracy’ based on ‘universal franchise’ is the dominant if not the exclusive form of ‘political regimes’ in the Global North. I then argued that even if the above assumption is to be accepted, it needs to be qualified by considering the following assertions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Representative democracy based on universal franchise is a relatively recent phenomenon in the Global North. Universal franchise is yet to be fully realized in the Global North. In the recent years, the Global North has been witnessing a significant ‘democratic decline’, practically when one considers the erosion of ‘civil rights. Ironically, various forces on the far-right who have been ‘elected’ to representative institutions, are pushing for the erosion of civil rights. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, ‘democratization’ has been used as a justification for violent forms of intervention in the Global South ranging from military invasions to economic embargos and sanctions. Far from ‘democratization’, these violent interventions in the Global South have often empowered anti-democratic forces. By considering historical examples such as the Paris Commune, we then proceeded to have a discussion on the following questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Is representative democracy ‘genuinely democratic’? Could representative democracy be a form of dictatorship? Is ‘direct democracy’ a practical alternative to ‘representative democracy’? Can representative institutions be utilized for a transition to a ‘genuine democracy’? 2. Watch the following documentary: Zapatista (1999) Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pws2kvU9QcPlay Video Answer the following questions:         Do you consider the Zapatista uprising as ‘democratic’ and if so, why? In developing a response to this question, make sure to clearly state what kind of democracy you are referring to. Include your name, course title, and date on the top of the document. Your response should be around 700 words long, typed, double-spaced, and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Your response should include one academic source excluding the course textbook and the documentary. You should find a relevant academic article that substantiates your answers. Do Not forget about in-text citations! You may use any citation style and format. Use clear and concise language to articulate your reflections. Upload your assignment as a single Microsoft word file through the course website. * Please note that this assignment will be subject to TurnItIn analysis Class Rules: This class has a ZERO tolerance policy of AI. Ø The AI rate should be below 1%, check from: https://gptzero.me No argument of the AI similarity, I have already gave you the tool, check yourself before upload. https://copyleaks.com The AI test result should be green and shows that it’s Human Language. Ø The similarity of Turnitin.com should be below 7% from school requirement. Ø The AI % of Turnitin.com should be below 5% from school requirement.

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Winter 2023-2024)

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