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.
Constitutional Framework Questions
What is your policy about? What is the constitutional context in which your policy is grounded?
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?
Division of Power:
Describe how the division of power creates tension between the branches of government and how this tension has impacted your policy.
Checks and Balances:
How has your policy been impacted (positively or negatively) by systems of checks and balances?
II. Federalism Questions
Models of Federalism:
What are the different models of federalism as a form of democratic governance? How are these models manifested in your policy?
What is the specific federalism model that best explains your policy, and why?
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?
How does the budget process work across different levels of government with regard to your policy? How it is funded?
What are the different regulatory schemes for funding programs? What are the benefits and consequences of different funding programs in relation to your policy?
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:
explicit and implied powers
of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in relation to policy.
division of power
in relation to policy.
4. Describe the impact of systems of
checks and balances
models of federalism
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
across different levels of government in relation to policy.
in relation to policy.
10. Explain implications of