This is a five part essay, with parts two, three, and four individually tied directly to the
argument and discussion in part one. Part Five is a concluding paragraph. All of the material you
need is either attached directly to this assignment as a PDF or was assigned reading during the
quarter. You may not use additional sources or include outside research.
Read the prompt in its entirety with attention detail to make certain that you understand what
you are being asked to do. If you need clarification, please ask. As with the midterm, your grade
will be based on how well and thoroughly you craft an argument in response to the questions
posed here. What you argue for is far less important than how you argue for it. I am looking for
how thoroughly you conceptualize and analyze an issue area and, then, argue about
appropriate state action.
Your essay should be no longer than seven pages, typed double-spaced in 12 point font and
with standard one-inch margins. Your name, PID, and TA name should be on the top left of page
one. No title page, please.
In the first part of the course, we spent a great deal of time talking about state sovereignty,
legitimate government as governance of a people, and the obligations that states have for
everything from winning wars to making certain that the institutions of society in all areas are
promoted, protected, and made available to all. To remind yourself of the way we talked about
1) Go back to your lecture notes from Weeks Three through Week Five.
2) Review your reading notes from the chapters assigned in the Donnelly and Whelanâ€”
especially chapters 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11.
3) Review the argument that Miles Kahler makes about sovereignty in his piece on
4) Also, attached to this prompt are two pieces by Stephen Krasner about the evolution of
thinking about state sovereignty. The piece titled Think Again is the most recent and is a less
academic version of the attached journal version, titled Abiding Sovereignty. This latter
influenced class lectures on the evolution of states and the international system.
Construct an argument about the characteristics of legitimate governance. Think in terms of the
1) What is a state for and what should it do?
2) What are the constraints under which it operates both domestically and internationally?
3) What are the normative requirements of legitimacy both domestically and
4) How do we best measure good governance? In other words, what makes a government a
good government and why?
Parts Two, Three and Four: A Free Press, Environmental Rights, LGBTQI Rights
You MUST address ALL three of these issue areas, each in a separate section of your essay.
Each presents a different kind of policy challenge for even the best government. The rights
argued for and the opposition they face are both specific and multidimensional. The attached
articles (and readings assigned in class) are designed to help you think through the inherent
multidimensionality of these rights areas. You may address the details of these articles in your
answer, but a good essay will use them mostly to widen the discussion. The articles are
resources, not the point of your essay.
In each section, you must do at least the following:
1) To the fullest extent you are able, explain the specific rights argument. How does the
fulfillment of the right and the denial of the right affect an individual human being? In
other words, what is at stake?
2) What are the policy challenges faced by governments in addressing these rights claims?
3) How should governments balance these claims against other obligations that it carries?4) Are there legitimate governance reasons for denying these rights in part or in their
entirety, and, if so, what are they?
Part Five: Conclusion
Your concluding paragraph should return to the topic of legitimate governanceâ€”What makes it
legitimate? How does it weigh the rights of minorities over majorities? What is the role of open
debate and inclusive participation?
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