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Question: To what extent has the sovereignty of the nation-state been undermined by globalisation?

Answer: This essay examines effects of globalisation on sovereignty of nation-states based on...


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Question: Since the 1980s the United Kingdom has seen a rise of welfare consumerism. Account for this drawing on more than one political ideology in your answer.

Answer: There has been a rise in welfare consumerism since the 1980s ....


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Question: ‘A Prime Minister is only as powerful as his Cabinet allows Him to be.’ Discuss.

Answer: Members of the cabinet are the supreme decision-making authority for the government,...


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Question: Is Scotland more democratic than England? Discuss with respect to the powers and functioning of the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.

Answer: When considering whether Scotland is more democratic than England a clear definition...


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Question: Consider the arguments for and against having a written constitution.

Answer: A constitution is a set of rules and principles which determines the...


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Question: Outline and assess the extent to which trade union power has been eroded since 1979.

Answer: Trade unions have existed in Britain for over two hundred years. In...


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Question: Evaluate the impact of the euro on the autonomy of the European member states to set their own economic policies.

Answer: The Euro and the Eurozone face one of the toughest tests since...


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Question: Minority parties in Britain call for electoral reform whereas the two major parties tend to favour retaining the existing system. Do you consider that the strengths of proportional representation outweigh the advantages of simple majority voting?

Answer: Electoral reform in Britain is an issue that has dogged politics for...


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Question: How effective is Parliament in carrying out its representative role?

Answer: Parliament is, generally, effective in carrying out its representative role in terms...


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Question: To what extent does the House of Commons have greater power and influence than the House of Lords?

Answer: The HoC has a lot of power and influence over the HoL...


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  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1700
  • Date submitted: January 25, 2009
  • Date written: October, 2004
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 330
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 689
  • Date submitted: January 25, 2009
  • Date written: June, 2004
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 327
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 783
  • Date submitted: April 09, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2827
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 1484
  • Date submitted: October 07, 2009
  • Date written: November, 2005
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2208
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 63%
  • Words: 1320
  • Date submitted: July 07, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1817
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 63%
  • Words: 1702
  • Date submitted: February 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 806
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 60%
  • Words: 1039
  • Date submitted: January 23, 2011
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3616
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 60%
  • Words: 1646
  • Date submitted: February 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 807
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 461
  • Date submitted: April 22, 2017
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7932
  • Subject: Politics
  • Course: Politics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 449
  • Date submitted: April 22, 2017
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7931
  • In the introduction you need to define the key term of the question, for example, one on pressure groups may focus on the success of one over another, or perhaps the 2015 curveball Orwell 'All pressure groups are equal but some are more equal than others'. Don't be thrown, its simple asking you to pick out the question that is why are some pressure groups more successful than others but link it to the fact the UK is a pluralist democracy. 

  • Examples, examples, examples. The most important thing in Gov/Pol is having a lot of examples and names. As long as they fit the context, they will get you marks. Name drop as much as possible, an MP or a Senator in a relevant committee or quote. Pressure groups are the easiest to do this for, especially in the US because they are so numerous and diverse. Learn this detail and you'll get the marks.

  • Keep the essay relatively clipped and short, you only have 30(ish) minutes in an AQA exam. 3 main paragraphs are enough, always sign post the topic of the paragraph in the first sentance, then give detail with a lot of examples, i tried to have 5 examples every paragraph. An essay should look 1 1/2-2 pages of A4. 

  • Conclusion- reiterate your best point and actually draw the essay to a close by giving a definitive answer to the question. Don't add more detail here unless you have a sudden epiphany.

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