Policy Formulation Essay

Policy Formulation Essay

Content
Based on Chapin’s concept of claimsmaking (Chs. 1, 5, and 6), analyze a newspaper
article that describes claims made in the policy development process. The article
might focus on claims made while the policy is being considered by a legislative body
or claims made by advocates who are trying to change law that has already been
adopted. In your paper, describe the policy, the claims made by advocates, and
whether the claims meet the third and fourth principles found in Chapin’s Principles
of Strengths Perspective Policy. (See Quick Guide 3 on page 210 in the 4
edition or
Box 5.1 on page 173 in the 3
edition for a list of Chapin’s principles).

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Tone
You should write this paper with the tone of an analyst rather than an advocate. Be
objective and give each claim fair consideration.

Topic
Your paper can focus on any policy as long as the policy is governmental in nature.
Do not choose a newspaper article that is focused on organizational policy (i.e.,
policy created by an agency or business). Here is one example of a newspaper
article that includes claims regarding a governmental policy –

To locate a newspaper article, you might start with a source such as the New York
Times or the Orlando Sentinel. (Note: The New York Times is available free through
our library. Search for New York Times in “Online Journals” and choose “free ejournals.”)
You
can
search
broadly
using
general
terms
(e.g.,
policy
controversy)
or

you
can
search
for
a
specific
policy
(e.g.,
“stand
your
ground
law”
or
“violence

against
women
act”).
Feel
free
to
contact
me
for
help
in
finding
a newspaper
article

that
matches
your
interests.

Paper Length
This is a 1-2 page paper. This page specification does not include the title page,
reference page, or copy of the article. Include a copy of the newspaper article with
your paper. Copy and paste the article at the end of your paper. A link to the
newspaper article will not be sufficient, since many newspapers do not allow for
unlimited access to multiple articles.

APA and Plagiarism
Be sure to use APA citation style. In general, you should include a citation at the
beginning or end of a set of sentences that are based on one source. For example,
you might begin with a sentence such as this one: Chapin (2011) provides a set of
th
principles to be used when assessing the nature of a policy-related claim. Another
option is to end the paragraph with an in-text citation (Chapin, 2011). If you include
a direct quote from the newspaper article or the Chapin text in your paper, be sure
to place the quote in “quotation marks” and end the quote with a citation that
includes the page number (Smith, 2012, p. B3).
For examples of appropriate and inappropriate paraphrasing, see the following
webpage: https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/plagiarism.html Note that these
examples are not based on the APA style. However, the rules of paraphrasing and
quoting are the same across all styles (APA, MLA, etc.). The only item that is unique
to each style is the format of the citation.

Submission

Points
Submit the paper using the assignment tab in webcourses. Click on the name of this
assignment. A link in the upper righthand corner should allow you to upload a copy
of your paper.
This assignment is worth 24 points.

Duedate
This assignment is due on September 23.

Additional Detail

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