GUIDELINES FOR PAPERS
- The paper should focus on comparing the quality of democracy post-1990 in two Latin American countries other than Cuba, Peru and Venezuela. It should assess each country in terms of at least two of the following criteria: respect for civil liberties; horizontal accountability; the rule of law; and the extent to which elections are free and fair. If you examine other criteria, you should state what they are and why they are important.
- At the beginning of the paper, you should clearly summarize your argument about which country has a higher-quality democracy and why. Most of the paper should be focused on supporting your argument with evidence from the two countries.
- The paper should be clearly organized. It should have an introduction, a conclusion, and separate sections for each of the criteria you examine (e.g., civil liberties; horizontal accountability, etc.). You should divide these sections with section titles.
- The paper should involve research. You should not simply rely on the assigned readings for the class. Google Scholar and J-STOR are also good places to search for articles online.
- You should cite a minimum of 10 sources. At least five of these sources should be lengthy academic sources—that is, books, articles, or reports of 10 pages or more. I count as academic sources any books or articles obtained via Google Scholar or JSTOR or from the library, including documents accessed via the library’s webpage. Lengthy reports from well-known research institutions will also typically count as academic sources.
- You may use footnotes, endnotes, or in-text parenthetical citations to cite your sources. You should include a bibliography regardless of which citation style you use. In the social sciences, the most common citation format is in-text parenthetical citations that include the author’s last name, the year of the publication, and the page number(s) where relevant. The full citation is then provided in the bibliography.
- The paper should be 5-6 double-spaced pages in length, not including the bibliography. Use 12-point type and one-inch margins.
- Plagiarism is a very serious violation of academic regulations, which is relatively easy to detect. Do not risk it!