Public Policy Paper

Objective:

      The objective of this paper is to give you an in-depth understanding of one of the major public policy issues facing our country today. You will be given the opportunity to select an issue from topics provided or choose one of your own that relates to federal domestic policy. You will then be assigned a current member of the House of Representatives for whom you will write this paper. You will then research this issue from the perspective of one of their staff persons.  This is not an opinion piece or an analysis of the politician's personal views, but a thorough analysis of the issue at hand with an exploration of the pros and cons of the options available. 

 

 

Content Checklist:

  • Describe and analyze the issue in detail; including, its historical background, who it affects, and the special interest groups involved.
  • Explain the views of the politician's political party on this issue, as well as the views of the opposite party.
  • Provide evidence of national and/or state public and local opinion on this issue using polling data.
  • Provide the pros and cons to at least two options available to address this issue that includes who would support and oppose each option, relevant public opinion data, views of the politician’s political party, and potential outcomes.

 

Structure Checklist:

  • It must be at least 10 full typed pages in length, double spaced, excluding works cited, graphics, charts, etc.
  • Paper formatting must follow proper Chicago Style formatting as described by Owl Perdue.
  • It must contain a bibliography with a minimum of three sources. 
  • Statistics, quotes, original ideas, and references must be footnoted.
  • The font must be Times New Roman size 12.

 

NOTE: Final Drafts will not be scored if the structure requirements are not met.

NOTE: Space taken up by charts or graphics will not count toward the length requirement.

                                                                                                                  

Stage 

Resources

Due Date                 

Points

Topic Selection 

Topic Choices

Resource for additional topics that are not listed.

 

8/30

10

Issue Summary

Issue Summary Overview

Issue Summary Example

9/8

10 

Public Opinion

Public Opinion Overview 

Public Opinion Example

 

TBA

10

Party Positions/Interest Groups

Positions Overview

Positions Example

 

TBA

10

Legislation

Legislation Overview

Legislation Example

Database of current and past legislation in Congress

TBA

10

 Outline

Outline Template

Outline Example

TBA

20

1st Draft

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Research Paper Format Template

Citation Machine

MLA Inline Citation Resource

Peer Editing Worksheet – Another student will use this worksheet to evaluate your rough draft. The completed worksheet will be turned in with the final draft.

 

11/14

10

2nd Draft

 

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Peer Editing Worksheet – Another student will use this worksheet to evaluate your rough draft. The completed worksheet will be turned in with the final draft.

11/27

10

Final Draft

Research Paper Grading Rubric

Research Paper Example

 

12/1 

 

50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Total     140 pts