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Imagine you are a state or city
government policy adviser. The governor or city mayor has asked your boss to
brief them on a critical problem facing your community (and therefore one of
your agency's top policy priorities). You need to develop a comprehensive
policy memo that will give your boss:
(1) the critical background information he/she needs on the issue at hand;
(2) analysis of the influence of the state/city legislature, the judicial
system, and other state/city government agencies on the formulation and
implementation of a specific policy;
(3) an evaluation of the influence that interest groups, political parties
and the media have on the policy at hand;
(4) a set of options/solutions for your boss to consider regarding a path
forward with all these political players (including pros and cons for each
(5) a recommended strategy that you want your boss to present to the governor
or mayor to win support for your agency's policy agenda.
To recap, your memo should:
- Clearly and concisely state the problem you are trying to tackle
- Provide a summary of the current policy context / relevant background
- Analyze the influence of the state or city legislature, the judicial
system, and other agencies
- Evaluate the influence of interest groups, political parties, and the media
- Present a set of solutions to the problem for your boss to consider,
including pros and cons for each
- Make a realistic recommendation of one of those options and provide further
justification for why you are saying that option is the best.
- No cover page; put your name, student ID, and the subject line at the top
with a date.
- Minimum length of 2000 words, but do not exceed 6 single-spaced pages.
(Most senior leaders wouldn't have time to read anything longer than this.)
- Cite sources for your memo since this is an academic exercise (sources will
not count toward the 6 page limit).
- At minimum, your sources should include: one book besides the
textbook, two articles from scholarly journals (i.e. Foreign Affairs, Harvard
International Review), two news articles from major periodicals (i.e.
Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist), and two primary sources
(public opinion polls, legislative records, speeches).
- The tighter the topic focus, the better the product.
Please reference the linked rubric, the attached
template, and attached example to format your work.
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