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Teaching Political Science to Undergraduates by Laure Paquette

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2 Role-Play Simulations for Comparative Politics

There are three role-play simulations proposed for Comparative Politics: the budget simulation, the election simulation, and the public opinion poll.

2.1 The Budget Simulation

This simulation is a multi-class role-play in which players will simulate the budgetmaking process is based on the budget process in Canada, but it can be easily modified for terminology and institutions, to represent other liberal democracies with transparent institutions. Ideally, this simulation should take place just ahead of the national budget being handed down. The class can then watch the delivery of the budget together, to see how accurate their predictions were. It is simplified, and does not require students to ...

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