The term ‘sofa government’ refers to a type of informal decision making within government. Unsuprisingly the name comes from the idea that politicians and their advisors would be sat on sofas discussing potential policy ideas, for example. The term came into use during the Tony Blair years in which he introduced a very relaxed style […]
Briefly outline some of the difficulties third parties in the U.S face when trying to secure electoral campaign funding.
Third parties in the U.S face a number of difficulties when competing against the two dominant parties, those of the Republican party and the Democratic party. There are two important factors to consider. The first of these is lack of funding. Third parties have traditionally found it very difficult to secure funding, vital for an […]
The claim that tolerance is important to liberals is not controversial. Voltaire famously declared that “I detest what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it”. This reflects the idea that liberals are committed to protecting freedom of expression and human rights, regardless of whether another person or group’s moral […]
In order to try to define terrorism we must find a way to differentiate it from other forms of political violence. Walzer has defined terrorism as the intentional killing of innocents. However, such a definition could also apply to other forms of political violence and also relies on us knowing the intentions of the perpetrators […]
Analysis is task that is often ambiguous to undertake. To help your A-level politics studies I shall show you, with a concrete example, how to go about analysing the differences in political ideologies. Whilst this is only a particular topic in the wider politics syllabus, the same analytic tools can be used elsewhere. Let’s have a look at […]
Firstly, review your notes and the textbooks on a major topic from the course. Once you feel that you may be familiar with the main themes and examples from the topic, test the knowledge and thought processes that you’ve developed. The best way to do this is by writing an essay under timed, exam conditions. […]
In the majority of modern democracies power is divided among three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. This is done to provide for the existence of checks and balances so that none of government parts is unlimited and becomes totalitarian and harms democracy. These checks and balances allow the staple element of democracy, “rule […]