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Policy Analysis Paper Outline Assignment: You will work as a policy analyst to p
Policy Analysis Paper Outline Assignment: You will work as a policy analyst to provide a thorough analysis of a public policy (state, local, or federal level). HINT: You are more likely to find more reference/research materials on federal or state policies. This project will require significant research; I highly suggest that you begin as soon as possible. Requirements: a. At least 20 pages, not including references (the page numbers are suggestions, you may spend more or less time based on your research). b. At least 20 references: five books, 10 articles, five websites (no Wikipedia); I suspect you will need more than 20 to do a good job. c. Must use correct APA format. d. Using the outline below, each heading and subheading should be a separately titled paragraph that is addressed in the paper. If you think a specific heading has no bearing in your analysis you should provide a rationale as to why you do not include it in your work. e. DO NOT USE FIRST PERSON PRONOUNS IN THIS PAPER (I, me, mine, we, us, etc.); if you must talk about yourself, refer to yourself as “the/this author.” Required Paper Outline 1. Delineation and Overview of the Policy Under Analysis 2 pages a. What is the policy to be analyzed? b. What is the nature of the problem being targeted by the policy? i. How is the problem defined? ii. For whom is it a problem? c. What is the context of the policy being analyzed (i.e., how does this specific policy fit with other policies seeking to manage a social problem)? d. Choice analysis (i.e., what is the design of programs created by policy and what are alternatives to this design?). I want to see a real effort on your part to put forth credible alternatives to the current policy. i. What are the bases of social allocation (who will benefit from a policy)? ii. What are the types of social provisions (is it universal or selective)? iii. What are the strategies for the delivery of benefits (in cash or in kind)? iv. What are the methods of financing these provisions? 2. Historical Analysis 3 pages a. What policies and programs were developed earlier to deal with the problem? b. How has the specific policy/program under analysis developed over time? i. What people or groups of people initiated and/or promoted the policy? ii. What people, or groups of people, opposed the policy? c. What does history tell us about effective/ineffective approaches to the problem being addressed? d. To what extent does the current policy/program incorporate the lessons of history? e. Are we repeating mistakes from the past and, if so, why? 3. Social Analysis 3 pages a. Problem description i. How complete is our knowledge of the problem? ii. Are our efforts to deal with the problem in accord with research findings? iii. What population is affected by the problem? b. What c. What d. What 1. Size 2. Defining characteristics 3. Distribution theories of human behavior are explicit or, more likely, implicit in the policy? are the major social values related to the problem and what values conflict in the policy? are the goals of the policy under analysis? e. What are the hypotheses implicit or explicit in the statement of the problems and goals? i. Manifest (stated) goals ii. Latent (unstated) goals iii. The degree of consensus regarding goals 4. Economic Analysis 3 pages a. What are the effects and potential effects of the policy on the functioning of the economy as a whole: output, income, inflation, unemployment, and so forth (macroeconomic analysis)? b. What are the effects and potential effects of the policy on the behavior of individuals, firms, and markets: motivation to work, cost of rent, the supply of commodities, etc. (microeconomic analysis)? c. What is the opportunity cost; cost/benefit analysis 5. Political Analysis 3 pages a. Who are the primary stakeholders regarding this particular policy/program? i. What is the power base of the policy’s/program’s supporters? ii. What is the power base of the policy’s/program’s opponents? iii. How well are the policy’s/program’s intended beneficiaries represented in the ongoing development and implementation of the policy/program? b. How has the policy/program been legitimized? Is this basis for legitimation still current? c. To what extent is the policy/program an example of rational decision-making, incremental change, or change brought about by conflict? d. What are the political aspects of the implementation of the policy/program? 6. Policy/Program Evaluation 3 pages a. What are the outcomes of the policy/program in relation to the stated goals? b. What are the unintended consequences of the policy/program? c. Is the policy/program cost effective? 7. Current Proposals for Reform [What are your policy recommendations?] 2 pages 8. Conclusion: Do not forget to write a satisfactory conclusion to your paper. 1 page

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