"Political Science 2212 Suggested Essay Topices"
Political Science 2212 Suggested Essay Topics Due: November 23, 2009 Length: 3,000 words Keep a copy of your essay. Use Modern Languages Association method to cite sources 1) What is meant by the tern “the democratic deficit” as it is used in Canada? What efforts have been made to deal with this issue? 2) What problems does Canada’s aging population pose for public policy? Consider the implications for health care, the possible shrinking of the labour force and other related issues. 3) Should Canada continue its military involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2011? What is the rationale for Canadian involvement? 4) What accounts for the decline in political participation in Canada? What does the low level of turnout indicate about the health of Canadian democracy? 5) Examine the role of the Supreme Court in the Charter era, Has the court usurped powers which belong to parliament? 6) What is the current status of the separatist movement in Quebec? Is separatist sentiment declining? 7) What accounts for the relatively low number of women members of parliament in Canada? 8) What role should Canada play in the international arena? Is Pearsonian diplomacy still a relevant approach? 9) Examine attempts to control the federal budget. Examine the role of the parliamentary budget officer in this regard, 10) Examine the changing role of media in covering politics. What impact has the internet had? What is the impact of the 24 hour news cycle? 11) Examine the role of interest groups in Canada. Do they have undue influence? Are they properly regulated? 12) Consider the role of money in electoral politics. Does it undermine democracy? 13) Should Canadians be proud of the federal civil service? What is the relationship between politicians and civil servants Are politicians captives of the civil service? 14) How did the Liberal Party lose its dominant position? Is a new era of conservative rule coming?