POLS 2312 Signature Assignment 3

Signature Assignment 3 (Unit 6): Governor and Public Policy Paper

(3-5 page)

8 % of final grade

Due Friday, September 25, by 11:59 pm

Paper must be double spaced, with one inch margins, 12 point font and include section headers for each of the paper sections noted below (Effective Campaign Issues, Summary of Formal and Informal Powers, Formal Powers Applied to Issues, Informal Powers Applied to Issues)

Objective: The objective for this assignment is for students to understand the critical linkage between participatory democracy (elections) and public policy in a representative democracy. It is the individual and corporate responsibility of the voters to make sure that elected officials implement public policy beneficial to the public and, if they do not, to remove them from office the next election. Students must explain how elected governors can use their formal and informal powers to influence public policy.

Congratulations! You have recently been elected the Governor of Texas. You built your successful campaign around promises to address four issues that are significant to the voters of Texas: controlling immigration from Mexico, controlling spending on social programs (welfare, food stamps, Medicaid), making sure the death penalty is applied fairly and improving k-12 education. Please discuss each of these issues and focus on the following:

  • Why these issues likely helped get you elected Governor (refer to Campaign message and campaign strategy from Unit 2)? (Unit 2 Written Lectures, Slide 2-25)
  • Discuss the formal and informal powers of the Governor Texas? (Unit 6 Written Lectures, Slides 6-5, 6-6, 6-7, 6-8, 6-9, 6-10))
  • What is at least one formal power (do not use the same formal power all of the issues) that you can use to get each policy passed by the legislature? (Unit 6 Written Lectures, Slides 6-5, 6-6 & 6-7)
  • What is at least one informal power (do not use the same informal power for each of the issues) that you can use to get each policy passed by the legislature? (Unit 6 Written Lectures, Slides 6-9 & 6-10)

Paper should be organized using subject headers (ie. Campaign issues, Formal and informal powers, etc.).

Assessment: Your Assignment will be assessed based on the following rubric.

Percent

0 %

60%

80%

100%

Why were these issues chosen for the campaign?

15%

No Effort

Repeats issues, but limited discussion of why they matter.

Lists issues, but more a generic discussion of why issues matter- not specific to these issues.

Explains why each of this issues would be important to Texas voters.

Formal and Informal Powers

20%

No Effort

Just lists formal and informal powers or does not distinguish between the two.

Lists, but does not thoroughly discuss formal and/ or informal powers.

Thoroughly distinguishes between and explains nature of each formal and informal power.

Apply Formal powers to issues.

25%

No Effort

Lists formal powers but does not apply to each issue.

Discusses formal powers, but does not apply a specific power to each issue.

Thoroughly explains how a formal power can be used to influence each public policy issue.

Apply informal powers to issues.

25%

No Effort

Lists informal powers but does not apply to each issue.

Discusses informal powers, but does not apply a specific power to each issue.

Thoroughly explains how an informal power can be used to influence each public policy issue.

Grammar/ Structure

10%

No Effort

Numerous grammatical and typographical errors, no headers.

Some grammatical and/ or typographical errors and/ or no headers.

Well written and well organized

Format

5%

No Effort

Not double spaced and not long enough.

Not double spaced or not long enough.

Double spaced and correct length.

ALL SIGNATURE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE GRADED WITHIN A WEEK OF BEING TURNED IN


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