BACKGROUND AND PREPARATION For this research project, you’ll write a two-part essay identifying an ineffective public policy and suggesting how it can be improved. In the first part, you’ll choose a topic and discuss a related the current policy that you feel is ineffective. In the second part, you’ll research your point of view and write about changes you would make to the policy to make it more effective.
You must use at least two outside sources in addition to the textbook and you must document the sources using a standard format, such as MLA or APA. OBJECTIVE This research project will help you apply what you’ve learned about public policy. More precisely, you’ll have a chance to make some public policy suggestions of your own on a topic of your choice. PROCEDURE Write an essay of at least 500 words, typed and double spaced in a standard, 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. You may use both Internet and print sources for your research. The format of your essay must include an introductory paragraph that summarizes what the paper is about and a concluding paragraph that summarizes your observations and conclusions.
Part 1 Select a topic related to one of the following issues: n Immigration n Education n Entitlement programs n Foreign policy n Economy 128 Introduction to Public Policy Once you’ve selected your topic, identify a current policy within the topic that you feel isn’t effective. Read related journal articles or books and use the most relevant material to explore the issue. Discuss relevant ethical, ideological, practical, and any other relevant problems you find with respect to the policy issue you’ve selected. Analyze every aspect of the policy; determine which goals are being met, which aren’t being met, and the reasons for the success or failure of the policy.
Part 2 Once you’ve completed assessment of the policy, introduce the changes you would make to remedy the problems you identified in Part 1. Refer to your research sources as needed, using proper citation for any quotes or paraphrased ideas that aren’t your own. Discuss how your changes would address the problems you’ve identified: n Compare the merits of your proposed policy to the existing policy n Analyze both policies with respect to the empirical and normative dimensions, the cost-benefit analysis, shortand long-term goals, and indirect benefits as discussed in your textbook n Discuss how your policy would be implemented in light of groups (stakeholders) that would favor or oppose your policy proposals n Explain and discuss just how your policy would be administered