Write an analytical paper on the current state/health of American democracy by focusing on one component that relates to our course of study.  For example, you can focus on a specific policy issue such as a provision of the Patriot Act or on a broader issue such as the Electoral College.

Write an analytical paper on the current state/health of American democracy by focusing on one component that relates to our course of study.  For example, you can focus on a specific policy issue such as a provision of the Patriot Act or on a broader issue such as the Electoral College.

Basically, you are asked to choose something about the American system that a case can be made that is not democratic enough and explain why (with facts, evidence, logic, etc.).  Your main focus should be on the current state of the American political system as it relates to your topic.

In you discussion you should consider both the factors that contribute to the problem as well as the consequences of the problem. You should make sure in your analysis/evaluation to use stated definitions and characteristics of American representative democracy based on our readings and discussions.

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Here are some general guidelines that should assist you in writing your paper:

  1. Describe the topic/issue as it relates to the broader theme of Democracy/democratic principles. Provide a brief historical account of the evolution of the topic/issue.

 

  1. Describe and explain the current state of affairs. Here you should focus on presenting opposing views on the topic/issue and on identifying the main political actors involved in the debate surrounding the issue.

 

  1. Explain why the issue is an example of a democratic deficit. This is the main part of your analysis. Here you should make your case why the American political system is not democratic enough vis-à-vis your topic by using facts, evidence, logic, examples, etc.

 

  1. Propose a policy solution (what government should do) to amend the democratic deficit, and bring your paper to conclusion.

 

Sources

Minimum six academic sources (more is fine).  See link for academic sources in Political Science:  http://libguides.library.cpp.edu/c.php?g=326763&p=2192274

 

Format: approximately 8 pages long, not including the work cited/bibliography page); double spaced, 12-point font size. MLA or any other standard format is acceptable.

 

 

Before you start writing you must check with me and get approval for you topic unless you are using one of the topics listed under the sample list below.

 

 

Sample topics list (you can choose one of these without approval)

Role of the media in American politics

Role of the Judiciary

Special Interest groups

Voters turn-out

Patriot Act

Electoral College

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