Comparative Political Systems

Each presentation will last for 10-12 minutes.

The subject will be a state or political system in the world, including a political party or an organized criminal group if they exercise quasi-governmental authority in a given area (IS, the mafia, the MQM).

The first part should focus on the FORMAL aspects of the constitution and structures concerned (Constitution etc).

The second part should look at how power is actually exercised (in the case of the USA, you could focus here on the role of money, in Russia, on the role of Putin, in Qatar, on the role of the tribes and senior figures within them).

The third part should look at successes and problems of the system concerned 9in the case of the USA, you could focus on growing political polarization and the paralysis of policy, in Russia on corruption and the limits it places on economic growth.