Annotated Bibliography

Please choose one of the following topics and write a 3-5 page, typed and double-spaced paper arguing for or against a position.  You must choose a side in your paper. Papers must include a cover page, 3-5 full pages of analysis, and a references of all sources in APA style.  Submissions must be uploaded to the assignment folder.

  1. Argue whether to keep or toss partisan primaries in all states
  2. Argue for or against ERA at this point in time
  3. Select a passage from an assigned reading and discuss its significance or importance. Ensure your discussion: Includes the passage (include paragraph or page number of the quote); ) A description to put the quote in context (what is it in reference to?); Why the passage is important or significant in the study of political science; Whether you agree/disagree with the passage; Examples that support/disprove the passage; etc. Be sure to include references (from other sources) to support your discussion.
  4. Compare and contrast two interest groups that have similar interests, but tactics, approach, etc. are different. Be sure to include in your discussion which group is more effective and why.
  5. Explain why the Bureaucracy is or is not “The Real Government.”
  6. Argue whether the Constitution should be considered a fixed text (originalists) or can constitutional law evolve in response to changing circumstances and values (living constitutionalist).
  7. Argue whether either political parties or interest groups plays the bigger role in ensuring individual’s thoughts and opinions are considered during the democratic process.
  8. Discuss whether the sovereignty of the state has been undermined or enhanced by globalization. In what ways have the activities of supranational agencies, economic agreements, and military alliances been responsible? 

Annotated Bibliography

Provide a list and brief description of at least six sources that you have identified for the paper.  Two of these must be a primary source document and two must be an academic journal article.  These should be specific sources, not just places where you can find sources.  The goal here is to see that you have dug in a bit and actually found something that pertains to the issue you will be researching.  APA style is required. Annotated bibliographies should be submitted via the Assignments Folder.

If you are unfamiliar with annotated bibliographies, these guides may be useful:

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliographies

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography

PDF – Annotated Bibliography

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