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CEA ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY (AS) General Certificate of Education 2019 Government and Politics Assessment Unit AS 1 assessing The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland




ADVANCED
General Certificate of Education

Government and Politics

Assessment Unit A2 1
Comparative Government


[AGP11]
Assessment



TIME
2 hours 15 minutes.

Assessment Level of Control:
Tick the relevant box (✓)


INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES
Write your Centre Number and Candidate Number on the Answer Booklet provided.
Choose either Option A: The United States of America and the United Kingdom
or Option B: The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

From your chosen option answer all six questions, the four in Section A and the two in Section B.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
The total mark for this paper is 100 marks.
Quality of written communication will be assessed in Questions 3, 4, 6(a) and 6(b).
Figures in brackets printed down the right-hand side of pages indicate the marks awarded to each question or part question.

ADVICE TO CANDIDATES
You are advised to take account of the marks for each part question in allocating the available examination time. Study the Source before attempting to answer Questions 2 and 4 and refer to the Source in your answers.

Option A: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK)

Answer all six questions, the four in Section A and the two in Section B

Section A: The Government and Politics of the USA

Read the Source below and refer to it in your answers to Questions 2 and 4. Source



1 What is meant by the term “split-ticket voting”? Support your answer with a
relevant example. [5]



2 With reference to the Source and any other relevant material you have studied, identify and explain two ways in which lobby groups can influence Members of Congress (Source, lines 7 and 8) . [10]



3 Explain how the Senate can influence Presidential appointments. [15]



4 With reference to the Source and any other relevant material you have studied, assess the view that Congress prevents the President from taking “necessary and desirable actions”.
[30]

Section B: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the USA and UK


5 Identify and explain two differences in the scrutiny powers of the House of Commons and the House of Representatives. [10]



6 Either

(a) Assess the view that American Presidents face fewer constraints on their powers than British Prime Ministers. [30]



Or

(b) “In the US, the executive has little or no control over legislation. In the UK, the executive has total control.” Assess the validity of this statement. [30]

Option B: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK)

Answer all six questions, the four in Section A and the two in Section B

Section A: The Government and Politics of the Republic of Ireland

Read the Source below and refer to it in your answers to Questions 2 and 4. Source



1 What is meant by the term “Independent TD”? Support your answer with a
relevant example. [5]



2 With reference to the Source and any other relevant material you have studied, identify and explain two ways in which the Taoiseach’s power of appointment can be used to control members of the government (Source, lines 5 and 6). [10]



3 Explain the mechanisms by which the judiciary can have an impact on government policy.
[15]



4 With reference to the Source and any other relevant material you have studied, assess the view that the Taoiseach is controlled by the government rather than the reverse. [30]

Section B: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the
Republic of Ireland and the UK


5 Identify and explain two reasons why TDs spend more time performing their representative role than MPs. [10]



6 Either

(a) “In the Republic of Ireland, the executive has little or no control over legislation. In the UK, the executive has total control.” Assess the validity of this statement. [30]



Or

(b) Assess the view that, while the Oireachtas has become a more effective scrutiny body,
this is not true of the UK Parliament. [30]
















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