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Literature Review Example from Midlarsky's "Environmental Influences on Democracy"

"Environmental Influences on Democracy: Aridity, Warfare, and a Reversal of the Causal Arrow," by Manus Midlarsky, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 39, No. 2. (Jun., 1995), pp. 224-262, http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0027%28199506%2939%3A2%3C224%3AEIODAW%3E2.0.CO%3B2-2.

So I need to write a literature review for Prof. I've done a fair bit of academic writing already, but that was in computer science and so I'm new to the this particular version of style. I chose to outline the first section of Manus Midlarsky's Environmental Influences on Democracy Influences on Democracy: Aridity, Warfare, and a Reversal of the Causal Arrow, partially because it overlaps with Chirol's and my work on the generations of Empire.)

Environmental Influences on Democracy

Literature Review Example


Introduction
1. "A conundrum.... why (define problem)"
2. "Macroinfluences... theories..." (4 citations to papers, general approaches, some old)
3. "rise of hydraulic civilization... This theory" (2 citation)
4. One theory well known, the other not well known

Hydraulic Civilizations
5. Intro to hydraulic civ theory (2 citations)
6. Extended quote from one reference
7. Another quote from same reference
8. Existing criticisms look at hydraulic as state-building, not hydrology as democracy or autocracy building (2 references)
9. Problems in testing Wittfogel's Hydrology. What about rainfall? (1 reference)
10. Extended quote (from that reference)
11. dependent variable / political rights / scale
12. a more modern example (de Rivera's Spain) of "ancient" hydraulic dictatorship (1 reference)
13. another (qualitative) reason linking hydrology and government
14. Spanish government storing for hard times (1 reference)
15. extended quote from that reference
16. commentary on extended quote
17. a third reason linking rainfall and democracy (2 references)
18. extended quote from the reference
19. conclusion of importance of rainfall

Warfare and Democracy
20. Transition from Rainfall-Democracy to Warfare-Democracy (1 citation, older)
21. overview of warfare-democracy approaches (many references)
22. Compare this study to an existing one (1 reference)
23. warfare and democracy conclusion


Interestingly, the "hydraulic civ" section can be further broken down into

5. Intro to hydraulic civ theory (2 citations)
Ancient Hydraulic Civs
6. Extended quote from one reference
7. Another quote from same reference
8. Existing criticisms look at hydraulic as state-building, not hydrology as democracy or autocracy building (2 references)
9. Problems in testing Wittfogel's Hydrology. What about rainfall? (1 reference)
10. Extended quote (from that reference)
11. dependent variable / political rights / scale
A Modern Hydraulic Civ
12. a more modern example (de Rivera's Spain) of "ancient" hydraulic dictatorship (1 reference)
13. another (qualitative) reason linking hydrology and government
14. Spanish government storing for hard times (1 reference)
15. extended quote from that reference
16. commentary on extended quote
Conclusion
17. a third reason linking rainfall and democracy (2 references)
18. extended quote from the reference
19. conclusion of importance of rainfall

Comments

I wish I was doing this kind of paper! It would've been exactly what I needed. Instead, I am doing a review on nursing research with lots of stats.

Posted by: msnow | Thursday, November 17, 2005

Msnow,

Interesting! What program are you in?

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Thursday, November 17, 2005

Just a note to anyone who finds this page through Google, also check out my example literature review from last semester [1] or my notes from "Scopes and Methods." [2] These may help you too.

[1] http://tdaxp.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/01/09/example-political-science-literature-review-and-research-des.html
[2] http://tdaxp.blogspirit.com/unl_scope_methods/

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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