At one point in Sierra Leone’s history, it was considered the Athens of West Africa. However, Sierra Leone has endured a long history of imperialism and a civil war that destroyed much of the infrastructure of the state. What are the major factors that challenge the prospects for a democracy in Sierra Leone?
For this blog, you must:
1. Research eight aspects of democracy and standard of living in Sierra Leone. Two years ago, your predecessors did a lot of research. Use their research as a guide for developing your argument for this blog. Click here to access their research. As you read, consider what you have learned this year about democracy and what factors are essential to a successful, lasting democratic society. Keep in mind you will be using this information to rank the eight factors; a task which requires analysis, not summarization. Is a free press more esstential than fair elections? Is the ability to form political parties more critical than the rule of law? The absence of these factors was a catalyst for the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution as well as the current uprisings in the Arab world. How important is a thriving middle class? You must determine which factor is the most important and least important and defend your opinion on the “ranking” wiki page.
2. Using a scale of 1 through 8, rank the elements of democracy according to their importance to a sustainable democracy (1 being least significant and 8 being the most significant).
3. Below your list, write one paragraph defending your most significant element and one paragraph for your choice of the least important element. Use two specific examples, one from Sierra Leone and one from another country of your choice.
Rule/Respect of Law
Freedom of the Press
Social Stratification/Social Mobility
Pluralism (multi-party system)
This Blog will be DUE Wednesday, May 30th at midnight. 50 points!