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Overview: The milestone assignments in this course directly support you in your successful completion of your final project, a policy analysis paper.

Prompt: Respond to the following questions about the Constitutional Framework and Federalism sections of your policy analysis paper. Through answering these questions, you will begin to develop ideas about course concepts in relation to your final project.

I.

Constitutional Framework Questions

1.

Introduction:

What is your policy about? What is the constitutional context in which your policy is grounded?

2.

Explicit and Implied Powers:

What are the explicit and implied powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in relation to your policy?

3.

Division of Power:

Describe how the division of power creates tension between the branches of government and how this tension has impacted your policy.

4.

Checks and Balances:

How has your policy been impacted (positively or negatively) by systems of checks and balances?

II. Federalism Questions

1.

Models of Federalism:

What are the different models of federalism as a form of democratic governance? How are these models manifested in your policy?

2.

Federalism Model:

What is the specific federalism model that best explains your policy, and why?

3.

Process of Governing:

How have collaboration, cooperation, and conflict been evident among federal, state, and local levels with regard to your policy? How have they impacted the process of governing?

4.

Budget Process:

How does the budget process work across different levels of government with regard to your policy? How it is funded?

5.

Regulatory Schemes:

What are the different regulatory schemes for funding programs? What are the benefits and consequences of different funding programs in relation to your policy?

6.

Fiscal Federalism:

What are the implications of fiscal federalism on your policy? How has the funding strategy impacted your policy?

III. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

1. Explain

policy

and its

constitutional context

.

2. Define

explicit and implied powers

of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in relation to policy.

3. Describe

division of power

in relation to policy.

4. Describe the impact of systems of

checks and balances

on policy.

5. Identify

models of federalism

.

6. Describe

collaboration, cooperation, and conflict

on federal, state, and local levels in relation to policy.

7. Describe the

model of federalism

that best explains the policy.

8. Explain the

budget process

across different levels of government in relation to policy.

9. Explain

regulatory schemes

in relation to policy.

10. Explain implications of

fiscal federalism

on policy.

  
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