Final Paper Assignment
The primary goal of your final assignment is to critically analyze the specific topic (The Affordable Care Act 2010) regarding American national government.
You have been preparing for this final assignment each week by constructing an Annotated Bibliography (Week 2) and a detailed outline of the Final Paper’s main points (Week 3) in which you focused on the following:
- Historical and constitutional basis for the American Government’s structure
- The system of checks and balances
- The various roles (e., public opinion, media, special interest groups, etc.) concerning public policy and elections
- The voting system and election process.
In addition, you have read the course text and course readings, reviewed videos, and researched additional material for each week’s assignments and this paper. This week, you will put all of those outlines, readings, reviews, and research together to evaluate policymaking and government program administration into one Final Paper.
Reflect on what you have learned about the key structures, systems, roles, and processes that embody our national government. Think about the strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, and positive and negative impacts of these aspects of our democracy. Use what you have learned so far to evaluate a specific policy of our national government and recommend ways to enhance what works and repair what is not working well. It is important that your Final Paper utilizes your previous research and assignments, including the feedback that you received from the Ashford Writing Center in Week 4. The assignment should also showcase what you have learned in the course. While your previous assignments will serve as a strong base for this assignment, it is very important that you implement feedback from your instructor and the Ashford Writing Center, as well as further expand on the material. Appropriate transitions and headings are needed to ensure a cohesive Final Paper.
The Final Paper should utilize the POL201 Final Paper template which will be attached and should be at least six pages in length (not including title page and references) and based on your previously submitted assignments. It is important to utilize APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.headings for major sections of your paper in order to ensure that the paper is easy to follow.
Scaffold your paper around the following outline:
The Final Paper Assignment
- Must be at least six double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the course text. A minimum of five of the resources must be from peer-reviewed scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
***REFERENCES USED IN PRIOR ASSIGNMENTS:
Barrilleaux, C., & Rainey, C. (2014). The politics of need: Examining governors’ decisions to oppose the “Obamacare” Medicaid expansion. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 14(4), 437-460.
Fine, T. S., & Levin-Waldman, O. M. (2016). American government (2nd ed.). Retrieved fromhttps://content.ashford.edu/
Foster, R. S. (2010). Estimated Financial Effects of the’Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,’as Amended. DIANE Publishing.
Hendricks, J. A. (2014). The new-media campaign of 2012. In R. E. Denton, Jr. (Ed.), The 2012 presidential campaign: A communication perspective (pp. 133–156). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Major, M. (2014). The unilateral presidency and the news media: The politics of framing executive power. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
McCombs, M. (2014). Setting the agenda: The mass media and public opinion (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity.
Oberlander, J., & Weaver, R. K. (2015, April). Unraveling from within? The affordable care act and self-undermining policy feedbacks. In The Forum (Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 37-62). De Gruyter.
Rowling, C. M., Sheets, P., & Jones, T. M. (2013). Frame contestation in the news: national identity, cultural resonance, and U.S. drone policy. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2231– 2253. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2202/1011