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Module 4 To Do List:
The focus of this Module is Public Policy. You have 3 chapters directly related to both domestic and foreign policy: chapters 15,16, and 17. There are 2 chapters that provide some examples of the complexity of domestic policy: chapters 4 and 5.
Public Policy is the political process referred to in chapter 1 of the textbook. There are a number of videos for this module. The time period is slightly longer than for the other modules. You will see an emphasis on comparing and contrasting different methods of understanding public policy. There are 2 models used to describe public policy: The Stages Approach and the Organized Anarchy Approach. The first focuses on the system, and the second focuses on the process. One is linear and the other not so much.
You will also see reference to 2 contrasting views of the purpose of public policy: Transactional policy and Transformational policy. For foreign policy there are 2 theories: Realism and Idealism. There are a number -large number- of handouts.
Finally, pay attention to the module. Focusing on both domestic AND foreign policy may seem like too much, but the essay template gives you options.
This is how the paper be written.
NOTE: I am giving you options here. Either you can answer all parts of the essay (Section A, B, C, D, E and F) or you can focus on Domestic Policy only or Foreign Policy only. For Domestic Policy answer Sections A, B and C. For Foreign Policy answer Sections D, E and F. Your essay must still be 5-8 pages in length regardless of which option you choose.
In this essay, I will combine information from both the textbook, in class discussion, and my syllabus in order to better understand and explain issues, ideas, concepts and models related to American government and politics. I will pay particular attention to building a comprehensive system of government linked to a process designed to deal with policy problems.
My essay’s length will be proportionate to the effort needed to fully cover course material and address the component parts of the assignment.
In my essay I will address the following:
Section A: Provide a framework or context for what we have discussed in this last section. You do that by starting with Kraft’s statement and build the internal US political system designed to deal with problems. And, explain what effects fragmegration poses for the system.
Section B: Begin with the Stages Approach (use handouts and ch 12 of the Texas government and politics textbook), the chapter on Government and the Economy, and also the chapter on Social Policy. Then discuss why in the stages process it appears that domestic public policy is just an expression of money spent and services provided?
Section C: Examine domestic public policy making from the Organized Anarchy approach where the policy process is described as a “garbage can” setting. Describe how the process gets turned into a confrontational, non-rational, non-logical process.
Section D: Moving on to Foreign Policy create the internal network of US foreign policy. Who are the internal US actors who create US foreign policy? Identify the international and global network of actors whose policies intersect with US foreign policy? You can find much of this material in the textbook and d2l table of contents for Module 4.
Section E: Analyze the argument in the foreign policy module of the course that US policy is transactional. Fit this into the Realist approach focused on creating a foreign policy based on a zero-sum game.
Section F: Next focus on US foreign policy as transformational policy and provide an Idealist formulation for US foreign. Please use the articles I have included.
Conclusion: In this essay I have addressed issues, concepts ideas and models relevant to understanding and explaining American government and politics along with differing methods of describing what is functional and dysfunctional.
12 font…Inch margins…Double space Introduction, body and conclusion.