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The assignment is for you to write a 10-15 page research paper that analyzes a policy that the federal government has pursued or is presently pursuing today. The paper should provide an analysis of the problem or problems that led to the policy in the first place; a description of what the policy is and how it has been implemented; and finally, an evaluation of the policy’s impact on the problem. More specifically, the paper should follow the outline below and cover the issues identified.
Also, a full bibliography should be included. Web based sources are certainly valid but books, journal articles and newspaper citations must be the basis of your research.
Paper is due on Wednesday, April 22nd by 5:00 p.m.
For this assignment, I would recommend the following trajectory:
Things may be available for you in multiple places. Don't only look in one place! But broadly, the areas below may help you narrow where to begin.
Congress or the Office of the Federal Register
US Government sources like Bureau of Labor Statistics; Census Bureau; websites dedicated to federal agencies, bureaus and departments, e.g. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve Board, etc.
Think tanks, across the ideological spectrum - Brookings Institution; The Urban Institute; Institute for Policy Studies; American Enterprise Institute; Heritage Foundation
Databases like JSTOR and Academic Search Ultimate
National newspapers like The New York Times or the Washington Post
Broader books with chapters pertaining to your topic
Concept mapping is one way to get your thoughts in order to begin the process. Who are the players involved? What issues do you need to be aware of?
Note that this resource only covers 1973-present. For legislation older than 1973 you will need to search Google and find a reputable source (probably still governmental) that has the text of the legislation. You may not have all the other pieces of information present in Congress.gov as readily available. It will require more searching.