Memos 1-2 page (about 400-500 words) essay summarizing the arguments made by the day’s
readings. By their nature, these memos shouldn’t require outside research.
oThe essay (aka memo)should contain, for each reading, a description of its author’s dependent variable, independent variables, and type of evidence, as follows:
?Be sure that you understand each author’s dependent variable (e.g. policy, growth,
institutional change, social mobilization, violence, etc) – that is, what they are trying to
describe, predict, or evaluate. All of our authors – even the ones that merely review the
state of the field in some area — have arguments to make.
? Specify each author’s explanation(s) (independent variables) for changes in the values
assumed by his or her dependent variable(s).
? Specify the evidence/argument the author produces in favor of the explanation.