Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Post-exam elections

Okay, the Iranian election won't take place until a month after your students take the AP exam. The election might even take place during summer vacation.

But this election guide from the BBC might help students make sense of Iranian politics and offer examples they could use when freely responding to exam questions. And, who knows, they might be interested in things Iranian that they understand after the exam and after the school year ends.

Iran presidential poll: Issues and divisions
The outcome of the last election in 2009 was hotly disputed, leading to mass protests against the results. Four years later, two of the candidates are still under house arrest, hundreds of political activists are in prison and hardly any of those behind the killing of dozens of protesters have faced investigation or trial…

For the Islamic Republic, which is governed under a mixed clerical and parliamentary system, the elections are seen as key affirmation of the system's legitimacy, however flawed the process may be…

FACTIONS: This is the first time in almost two decades that, instead of two main conservative and faction reformist faction, at least four factions will compete for the presidency…

FOREIGN POLICY: Nuclear program… and negotiations with the US…

PUBLIC OPINON: Public opinion is divided over the upcoming election. Commentators regularly refer to the following five groups, though it is difficult to know their proportions among the population…

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