I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Thursday, September 17, 2015

First Assignment, Fall 2015

Pick one of the items below. (In all of these items, recent means "since January 2013.")
  • Holyoke says: "It is always easier to lobby against a proposal than for it: (p. 157). Explain, and illustrate the point by analyzing a successful lobbying campaign against a recent proposal before Congress. 
  • Look at who lobbied on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Pick one organization that lobbied for, and one that lobbied against. Explain their positions. How effective were they? 
  • In chapter 7, Holyoke discusses rulemaking. Explain the outcome of a recent fight over an administrative rule. 
  • Pick an amicus brief in a case that the Supreme Court has recently decided. Who filed it? Why? Explain the brief's argument. Why do you think that it was or was not effective? 
  • Document your claims. Do not write from the top of your head. 
  • Essays should be typed (12-point), double-spaced, and no more than three pages long. I will not read past the third page. 
  • Cite your sources with endnotes in Chicago/Turabian style. Endnote pages do not count against the page limit. 
  • Watch your spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Errors will count against you. 
  • Turn in essays to the class Sakai dropbox by 11:59 PM, Friday, October 2. Late essays will drop a gradepoint for one day’s lateness, a full letter grade after that. I will grant no extensions except for illness or emergency.

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