In a ten page double spaced essay please reevaluate the Balgat essay through the analytical paradigm set out by Huntington. Your challenge is to reevaluate the various pieces of evidence or data in the story by using in a systematic fashion Huntington’s assumptions. In other words, here are the key questions you must use to frame your analysis: Does social mobilization (as defined by Deutsch) and political participation (especially the former) exceed political institutionalization (PI) as defined by Huntington: or is PI unfolding quickly enough to preempt to potentially destabilizing impact of social mobilization? If you read the evidence to suggest that PI is lagging behind social mobilization, then the next step in your analysis is to consider any evidence of violence, value conflict, political decay, praetorianism etc…since, this is precisely what Huntington’s model would predict. On the other hand, if you argue that PI is moving more quickly than social mobilization, then you would want to show that there are few signs of significant political, social or ideological conflict.
The key to this essay is to set a clear introduction (about one page) with your thesis or basic argument, then use a page and a half or so to set out the basic premises of Modernization and Political Order theory (especially the latter), but reserve the bulk of your paper for analyzing the actual Balgat story (8 or so page), and then set out a Conclusion. Use citations sparingly to set out your evidence and/or to exemplify your key points. Use proper footnotes or endnotes, and please make sure to use citations whenever you are citing or even paraphrasing the relevant texts. Keep in mind that you usually won’t know what your thesis or argument is until you have gone through one good draft of the paper. Have a friend read your paper for proofing purposes and for clarity of argument.