Comparative Politics

POL353: Comparative Politics

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length for each question. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Recent history of Mexico has shown a slow descent into violence and chaos. The Mexican government is at war with an illicit drug economy and corruption within its borders. Violence has increased substantially against the Mexican populace and Mexican government officials. Answer the following: 1) Does Mexico’s political party system reduce or contribute to the high levels of corruption within the government? 2) Describe Mexico’s political and social culture. How does this affect the current level of insecurity in Mexico? 3) How does the illicit drug economy affect the government system of Mexico?

 

Brazil provides a fascinating example of contrasting environmental policy. Protecting Brazilian rain forests has been a public interest for those in Brazil and those outside of Brazil for decades. However, rainforests continue to be cut down at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, Brazil is the world’s second largest producer of ethanol and maintains much of its energy needs through biofuels. Answer the following: 1) Describe how the two “green issues” are in conflict with each other and what you believe to be the interest groups driving this dynamic? 2) What domestic economic policies might Brazil try to promote with these contradictory environmental policies?