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, November 5, 2015

Research Paper

You are to write an essay analyzing the interest group that you have chosen.  In your answer, answer these questions:

  • Whom does the organization represent?
  • How does the organization make decisions?
  • What are its top current policy priorities?  Tell how it is seeking to change or preserve certain statutes, rules, or practices.
  • What strategy is it pursuing?  Inside game or outside game?  Legislative, executive or judicial action?
  • What are its prospects for success over the next year?

  • Document your claims. Do not write from the top of your head. 
  • Essays should be typed (12-point), double-spaced, and no more than eight pages long. I will not read past the eighth 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. 
  • Due date is 11:59 PM on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 (new time).  Papers will drop a gradepoint for one day's lateness, a full letter grade after that.

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