AQA GOVP1 past papers

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GOVP1 People, Politics & Participation

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June 13

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5: Explain the term by-election as used in the extract.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the extract, consider why voting behaviour at by-elections to the Westminster Parliament is often unpredictable.

25: ‘Stability, rather than volatility, now characterises voting behaviour at UK general elections.’ Discuss.

5: Explain the term representation as used in the passage.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the passage, explain why the First-Past-the-Post system has rarely resulted in coalition government at Westminster.

25: ‘The UK would benefit greatly from the wider use of referendums.’
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25: ‘A pressure group’s chances of success will be shaped largely by the nature of its core aims.’ Discuss.

Jan 12

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5: Explain the term class dealignment used in the extract.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the extract, consider the link between social class and voting behaviour.

25: ‘Low levels of turnout at recent general elections to the Westminster Parliament result from political apathy alone.’ Discuss.

5: Explain the term threshold as used in the extract.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the extract, outline the likely consequences of adopting the closed regional party list system in elections to the Westminster Parliament.

25: ‘The wider use of referendums would pose a threat to the form of representative democracy traditionally practised in the UK.’ Discuss.

5: Explain the term electoral college as used in the extract.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the extract, identify and explain two criticisms of the way in which the Labour Party elects its leaders.

25: ‘UK political parties are now little more than election-winning machines.’ Discuss.

5: Explain the term pluralism as used in the extract.

10: Using your own knowledge as well as the extract, consider why issues of internal democracy can affect a pressure group’s

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