Edexcel A2 6GP03 June 2015 Topic B: Introducing Political Ideologies Watch

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How would you answer: "On what grounds have liberals supported democracy"

I was going to talk about constitutionalism but I'm not sure if that is right?
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A question of each topic comes up in the 45 markers no?
No only 3 out of 4
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Do they ever ask questions that have not been asked before?
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How would you answer: "On what grounds have liberals supported democracy"

I was going to talk about constitutionalism but I'm not sure if that is right?
1) You could mention constitutionalism in the sense that democracy allows the people to hold the government to account. Since liberals accept that individuals are primarily self-seeking, there is the risk that humans may use the power they have at the expense of the liberty of others. Therefore, democracy can be used as a constraint against tyranny of the majority.

2) Democracy is a rational exercise - the individual learns about the choices facing him, both in terms of parties and/or issues. Giving the individual choice not only strengthens liberty, it also therefore strengthens rationalism since the individual has to think about the choice. In turn, this aids the development of the individual, allowing each person to fulfil their potential.

3) Utilitarian argument - democracy helps provide the 'greatest good for the greatest number'

4) Supports equality, particularly formal equality in terms of 'one person, one vote'.

5) Creates political stability - people are bound to the political system. Power is distributed amongst the people and pressure groups, for example, instead of concentrated in the hands of a few.

Hope this helps
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1) You could mention constitutionalism in the sense that democracy allows the people to hold the government to account. Since liberals accept that individuals are primarily self-seeking, there is the risk that humans may use the power they have at the expense of the liberty of others. Therefore, democracy can be used as a constraint against tyranny of the majority.

2) Democracy is a rational exercise - the individual learns about the choices facing him, both in terms of parties and/or issues. Giving the individual choice not only strengthens liberty, it also therefore strengthens rationalism since the individual has to think about the choice. In turn, this aids the development of the individual, allowing each person to fulfil their potential.

3) Utilitarian argument - democracy helps provide the 'greatest good for the greatest number'

4) Supports equality, particularly formal equality in terms of 'one person, one vote'.

5) Creates political stability - people are bound to the political system. Power is distributed amongst the people and pressure groups, for example, instead of concentrated in the hands of a few.

Hope this helps
Thank you! Yes it does, Do you know if they repeat questions or would they create a brand new one... ?
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Thank you! Yes it does, Do you know if they repeat questions or would they create a brand new one... ?
They never repeat them word for word. It would be hard now to create new questions simply because of the sheer quantity that they've already put out, but a lot of questions are similar but worded slightly differently. There's always the possibility of new ones though.
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I know literally nothing...
anyone else or just me?
any resources or tips of what to revise or how to revise so that I can have any chance?
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Do you have Andrew Heywood textbook because thats the best resource for this exam?
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What questions is everyone expecting?
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Where can I find last years questions?
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Edexcel website I would revise by using Heywood textbook if you have it

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I found the questions now, if you press the button to only view Unit 3B papers then for some reason it doesn't show last years, but it is on there, bit weird. i have the Heywood textbook and im trying to use it to revise, but im struggling because its very wordy rather than just being specific, any other good resources?
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here's last years questions:
Why and how have liberals supported the fragmentation of government power? (15)
On what grounds have conservatives defended authority? (15)
Explain the link between Anarchism and collectivism. (15)
Why has social class played such an important role in socialist analysis? (15)
On what grounds have modern liberals defended the principle of social welfare? (15)

45 Markers:To what extent in anarchism a single doctrine (45)
'Conservatism is defined by its support for free market capitalism'. Discuss (45)
To what extent have socialists disagreed over the means of achieving socialism (45)
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(Original post by alexgr97)
1) You could mention constitutionalism in the sense that democracy allows the people to hold the government to account. Since liberals accept that individuals are primarily self-seeking, there is the risk that humans may use the power they have at the expense of the liberty of others. Therefore, democracy can be used as a constraint against tyranny of the majority.

2) Democracy is a rational exercise - the individual learns about the choices facing him, both in terms of parties and/or issues. Giving the individual choice not only strengthens liberty, it also therefore strengthens rationalism since the individual has to think about the choice. In turn, this aids the development of the individual, allowing each person to fulfil their potential.

3) Utilitarian argument - democracy helps provide the 'greatest good for the greatest number'

4) Supports equality, particularly formal equality in terms of 'one person, one vote'.

5) Creates political stability - people are bound to the political system. Power is distributed amongst the people and pressure groups, for example, instead of concentrated in the hands of a few.

Hope this helps
Hey, could this be a 45m too?
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Hey, could this be a 45m too?
Yeah, it's come up in the past - is liberal democracy a contradiction? (or words to that effect)
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Yeah, it's come up in the past - is liberal democracy a contradiction? (or words to that effect)
oooo I've not seen this
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Hey guys, are we supposed to know details about key political thinkers who lead to development of ideologies? If yes in how much detail? Have there been questions centered around key thinkers?? PLEAS HEEELLPPP
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how would you answer 'explain the link between collectivism and anarchism'? (15). what are the key points?
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Maybe one or two for each ideology thats what im doing and say what they suggest thats whats more important for example Locke and h-Hobbes and the social contract and explain what social contract is and relate it to the question asked. Tbh the ideology with the most thinkers is Anarchism so would be ideal to do a few more for that with their anarchist strand and what they believe in.
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Hey guys, are we supposed to know details about key political thinkers who lead to development of ideologies? If yes in how much detail? Have there been questions centered around key thinkers?? PLEAS HEEELLPPP
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Maybe one or two for each ideology thats what im doing and say what they suggest thats whats more important for example Locke and h-Hobbes and the social contract and explain what social contract is and relate it to the question asked. Tbh the ideology with the most thinkers is Anarchism so would be ideal to do a few more for that with their anarchist strand and what they believe in.
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