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    (Original post by govtandpolitics)
    Good luck im expecting a C/D xD think i need to believe in my self slightly more
    you do need to believe bro! tbf if you aim for a c its only really a couple more marks for the b then another couple for the A thats how i am going about it
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    good luck everyone!
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    Are pressure groups good for democrcy?

    Reasons for and against please!!!!
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    (Original post by BirdIsWord)
    Two factors
    -Rise of pressure groups and social movements
    -Both parties moving towards the centre

    What don't you understand about the 25 marker?? It's really straightforward imo

    Image has always been important, especially with intro of televised debates which has increased the need for more presidential candidates.
    1983 Michael foot appeared scruffy etc compared to the sharply dressed thatcher. Hence lost election.
    2010, Cleggmania.. 21% said the debates would change how they voted(Ipsos Mori) However Cleggmania failed to translate to seats for LDs

    Blair was presidential, well dressed, good communicator and had a beautiful family
    Ed Milliband attacked by the right media on stuff like the bacon sandwich thing, portraying him as not presidential enough. Similar thing for Gordon Brown
    Contrast him to Cameron who's always appeared sharp

    So leader image definitely important.

    Policies is important too,
    1983 labour manifesto described at the 'longest suicide in history'- BAD
    Blair and New Labour dropping clause 4 from manifesto moved labour to centre
    Cameron has been praised for changing his stance on social environmental policies, to reverse the image of the Conservatives being the 'nasty party' eg Gay Marriage.

    For performance there are two good quotes for this
    "Its the economy, stupid"
    "Opponents dont win elections, Governments lose them'

    E.g ERM Crisis(1993?) contributed to the conservatives losing in 1997
    Labour government blamed for recession due to excess expenditure, debt too big.
    Cameron viewed as more competent with the economy, always talked of his 'long term economic plan'.

    PARTISAN DE-ALIGNMENT HAS MADE THESE RECENCY FACTORS MORE IMPORTANT

    Then you go on to evaluate the long term factors, the Sociological voting model.
    Class voting still prevalent despite class dealignment
    e.g 2015, 45% AB voted Cons, 41% DE/50% of social renters voted labour
    Regions where Unions are prevalent still dominated by Labour
    minorities have always tended to vote labour as theyve been more sympathetic to issues such as immigration and race relations where Conservatives have been hostile.
    (1997, 86% black and 70% asians votes Labour)
    However iraq war resulted in defects of the muslim vote to LDs and other parties,
    This shows recency factors are becoming more and more important.

    As a conclusion i like to say that while long term factors are becoming less important and short term more important, Long term still more important.
    Image more important due to TV debates but still just as important as performance.

    Phew that took a while.
    This was off the top of my head but i should have covered everything
    The Black Wednesday of 1992 was crucial to the conservative defeat, and can probably be applied to most economic questions
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    (Original post by TheGrammarGuru)
    The Black Wednesday of 1992 was crucial to the conservative defeat, and can probably be applied to most economic questions


    "E.g ERM Crisis(1993?) contributed to the conservatives losing in 1997"

    But yea i got the date wrong.
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    It's at the point where I'll be over the moon with a B, I'm just hoping I can get to the magical 51/80 on both papers, not looking likely though
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    (Original post by Jack_Joff)
    It's at the point where I'll be over the moon with a B, I'm just hoping I can get to the magical 51/80 on both papers, not looking likely though
    you can do it brah
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    How would you guys conclude an essay about what determined voting behaviour in the 2015 GE?
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    (Original post by Jack_Joff)
    It's at the point where I'll be over the moon with a B, I'm just hoping I can get to the magical 51/80 on both papers, not looking likely though
    What grade is 51/80?
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    (Original post by BirdIsWord)
    How would you guys conclude an essay about what determined voting behaviour in the 2015 GE?
    You would say that many factors determined voting behaviour such as party leader, issue voting, etc and then you would sum it up by saying however such a thing is the most significant factor in determining voting behaviour in the 2015 election...
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    (Original post by govtandpolitics)
    You would say that many factors determined voting behaviour such as party leader, issue voting, etc and then you would sum it up by saying however such a thing is the most significant factor in determining voting behaviour in the 2015 election...
    Hmm ok. I was about to go to bed because i thought this was an afternoon exam LOL, good thing i double checked
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    Good luck everyone!
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    Well that was bad.... I did participation and forgot the other forms of participation other than voting lmao help
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    What even are the other forms?? I put petitions...PETITIONS...and debates.... I also put party membership and interest group involvement ???
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    I literally missed out a 10 mark question did not have enough time
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    (Original post by olmyster911)
    Well that was bad.... I did participation and forgot the other forms of participation other than voting lmao help
    The one about how voting at elections apparently is only for measuring political participation?
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    (Original post by Sademajek)
    I literally missed out a 10 mark question did not have enough time
    Really? :/ completely missed it out?
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    Uhh, I think the questions were nice and I loved the political parties questions but only managed to answer the intro of the final 25 marker as I ran out of time

    Does anybody know what the max amount of marks you can get for an intro.

    The question was about how members of the Conservative Party and the Labour Party have little or no say in the process of organisation or policies of the parties. My points were there is binding powers of a 2/3 vote at the Labour Conference which allows people to vote on policy, how this doesn't occur in the Conservative Party as MPs are voted to use their judgment and the Conference is advisory debate. I also wrote about who the Conservative Prime Minister has the power to write the manifesto entirely himself and how local Conservative groups have fought to keep the power to elect their candidates so there is some power in the organisation.

    Although there is not ACTUAL THOROUGH analysis here, I felt that I kind of explained it a little bit in the intro itself.
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    How'd you guys find it and what topics did you do? I did voting behaviour + pressure groups.
    The voting behaviour questions were kind of annoying.. But overall it was okay
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    (Original post by govtandpolitics)
    The one about how voting at elections apparently is only for measuring political participation?
    Yeah it said it was the only way to measure political participation so obviously it wanted you to refute that and give other ways of measuring?
 
 
 
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