Guidelines for a Term Paper Everyone in the course is required to write a paper that examines the role of government bureaucracy in a particular topic of interest approved by the instructor.

Guidelines for a Term Paper Everyone in the course is required to write a paper that examines the role of government bureaucracy in a particular topic of interest approved by the instructor.

Spring 2016
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Guidelines for a Term Paper
Everyone in the course is required to write a paper that examines the role of government
bureaucracy in a particular topic of interest approved by the instructor. From your readings or
Group Project assignment in the course, you may already have a topic that you want to further
investigate. If not, you may want to start from choosing either (a) a specific government
bureaucracy or (b) a particular public policy or a policy issue of your interest. If you pick an
agency first, then think about what public policies or programs it is involved in. If you begin
from a public policy, then look for which government agency, or agencies, are involved in the
policy process. Either way will help you to find a topic for your paper.
The main goal of this paper is to examine and analyze the role of the public bureaucracy in the
policy process through applying the concepts and theories you have learned in the class. You are
expected to demonstrate your command of the course material and your ability to communicate
your opinions and analyses in a clear, coherent, and logical manner.
You may choose the same bureaucratic agency as your Group Project, but this term paper must
go beyond what you have done with your Group Project, where you focused on describing a
specific bureaucratic agency. In this individual paper, you must think about a specific policy
issue that a bureaucratic agency is involved and analyze what this agency does in the policy
making process. For example, let say you researched on Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) for your Group Project. Then, you may choose to write on how FEMA
responded to a disaster situation, such as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy. For another
example, you may researched on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) for your
Group Project, and decide to write on how HSS (or, more accurately, Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services within the HSS) is involved in the policy process of the Affordable Care Act.
Your term paper is due in class no later than Monday, April 18. Submit a hard copy, which
should be approximately 5-6 pages in length in a typed, double-spaced format with 12 point font,
Times New Roman, and one-inch margins. It must be free of spelling and grammatical errors.
Note that I will stop reading at the page 6.
You will also have an opportunity to talk about your paper with the instructor individually on
Monday, April 11. Peer-review session can be scheduled for those who want. You will schedule
a meeting with the instructor during this class meeting time to talk about your paper.
Alternatively, you may choose to use this class meeting time to revise your paper by yourself.
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Make sure that your paper includes the following:
1. Introduction (1-2 paragraphs)
– What is a government bureaucracy you chose to write on?
– What is a policy issue that this agency is involved?
– Why did you choose this topic?
– What concepts, theories, or themes will you focus on in the paper? What is the puzzle
you want to investigate?
2. Description of the bureaucratic agency of your choice
– Describe the particular agency or agencies of your focus (e.g., background,
organizational structure, organizational culture, missions, and etc.)
Note: This part must be brief
– Describe the specific policy issue that this agency is involved
3. Analysis of a bureaucracy’s work
– Note: Apply theories/concepts/models from the class in your analysis
– You may also discuss the following:
– What is the role of this bureaucratic agency in the policy process of your choice?
– How is its work evaluated?
– What are the difficulties that this agency has encountered in the policy process?
– How can this agency improve its work?
4. Reflections and Conclusion (2-3 paragraphs)
– Conclusion of the paper
– Include what you learned
5. Bibliography: All quotes, borrowed ideas, and statistics should be referenced within the
text. At the end of the paper, include a bibliography of reference material. Try to use a
variety of sources, but avoid sources with credibility issues, such as personal blogs,
websites, and Wikipedia. You must include at least two scholarly sources other than the
textbooks (i.e., peer reviewed journal articles and peer reviewed books). Use a proper and
consistent style for your references.

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