The task: Conduct a focus comparison using most similar systems (MSS) design to explain
the level of democracy.
Once the county selection has been made:
M11153 (15 credit) – Test two of the theories that we have discussed in the lecture
o Economic modernization theory and one cultural theory (civic culture OR
cultural modernization theory
In your essay, be sure to address the following questions:
Which countries did you pick? Why is MSS design suitable for comparing these
Which theories are tested in the comparison?
o What does the literature on these theories state? In other words, what is the
model that scholars lay out? How could they be used to explain the level of
Be sure to specify the logic connecting the explanatory factor to the
level of democracy, as well as a testable hypothesis.
How will you go about testing those theories?
o How are the key factors (DV, IV) measured? Why is each measure a good way
of capturing the concept in the theory?
o NOTE: YOU MAY NOT USE ANY INDEPENDENT VARIABLES THAT I USED IN THE
Does the data suggest support for the theories?
o How do you know? Be sure to explicitly interpret the numbers.
Reflection: Are there any differences/limitations you need to acknowledge?
Collect data on your countries from the reputable sources discussed in lecture 5 and create
a table to summarise the comparisons for each of the factors. You should have one table
that includes data on the dependent (outcome) variable above, as well as the independent
(predictor) variables that are being used to test the theories. You should have two
independent variables per theory. The dependent variable is measured using Polity IV
(numbers given above).
Explanation of variables selected needed, how
the countries you have chosen are similar, explanation
of the Freedom House score and interpretation of the
data. More relevant sources to this coursework needed. More focus on economic modernisation theory is needed and less on democracy in general. Mention where your IV come from and those sources are not listed in the references. You need to include page numbers in citations when you quote or paraphrase.
Please ensure that you use the central theories of economic modernisation, civbcqic culture, and/or cultural modernisation
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