Political Science

1. The integrative policy paper is a ten page research paper on a topic related to American government. * Please refer to the two attachments for the rubric and format. **PLEASE reference:THINK: American Government 2012 (4th Edition) Neal Tannahill, Longman Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0205856008 ALONG WITH AT LEAST TEN OTHERS   2. Students will be required to submit a final report covering all aspects of the policy analysis.  Papers must be prepared in APA 6th Edition format.  Papers must follow the format below.  Each section must be clearly noted.   Background Societal Problem/Policy Issue:  The problem/issue section will focus on the problem or issue you want to address.  Remember to state the problem/issue in terms of your clients or constituents, and not your agency’s needs.  Provide statistical evidence for every claim in this section.  Address details of the problem including who, what, when, where, why and how.  Remember the “lack of” something is not necessarily a problem.  Make sure your data is pertinent to the region of your concern (e.g., if you are looking at the problem of AIDS in California, you want to avoid quoting statistics of an increase of AIDS in Africa, the United States, etc., unless it directly furthers your analysis).  Remember to omit all opinions and bias from your writing.  You can also include causes of the problem, if that is appropriate to your topic.  Consider using charts, graphs and tables to help clearly present the data.  Stakeholders:  The stakeholders section will identify the main stakeholders and a statement on each their concerns.  These stakeholders should be limited to nonprofit organizations that have the ability to rally their members.  Although many other individuals and groups are considered stakeholders, for the purpose of this assignment, only nonprofit organizations should be used.  Consider issue-related groups (such as National Wildlife Federation, NRA, NAACP, ACLU, etc.) as well as union and associations (such as SEIU, Teamsters, Chambers of Commerce, etc.)  Be sure to include stakeholders who will be on both side of issues and policies presented in your analysis (not just supporters).  Policy Goals, Criteria and Operational Measurements:  This is a brief section detailing the purpose of the policies in a way that they can be measured.  Rather than focusing on “improving life for citizens” consider statements such as reduce obesity in City ABC.  Obesity is something that can be measured, as oppose to vague concepts such as “improving life.”    Policy Alternatives:  This section should include details of each policy alternative.  Generally, three policies are presented: 1) the As Is policy (current state of policies); 2) consider a policy requiring less government intervention; and 3) consider a policy requiring more government intervention.  Title each policy with a descriptive title and notated which policy is the “As Is” condition.  Usually, the As Is policy is listed first.   Conclusion/Recommendation:  This section is designed to pull together a summary of the pros/cons of each alternative.  It can be presented as a recommendation for one alternative over another, or simply layout the benefits and drawbacks of the alternatives based on the evaluation criteria, and then the elected official can make his/her informed decision.  Although there is no specific number of required references, it is necessary to have ample references to support all claims in the report.  References should include the textbook, and outside research.  Papers must use the section headers listed above to designate where each section begins, and all papers must follow all elements of APA format.

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