Midterm Essay GVPT 210

Students will write a 3–4-page paper.  Your task is to offer a detailed critique of the Public Value Theory article listed in the Week 4 Readings. In your critique, address the following points:


  • Identify the main points and arguments of the author(s).
  • Support your opinion of the article with course-related terminology and concepts.
  • Assess how the article relates to your experience or current job in the public or nonprofit sector.
  • Evaluate how the points or arguments of the author or authors can be applied to the public sector.


Your focus of this assignment is to collect your thoughts and opinions on the topic and relate them in an intelligent, critical fashion. This is represented by the second and third bullet above.

Title pages should include the title of your paper, your name, the date, the course designator, and the instructor’s name – all centered on the front page. The abstract page should be the second page of your paper and should contain your single-spaced up to a half-page abstract. Papers must be in proper APA 7th edition style. Your bibliography will be the last page(s) of your paper and should provide a list of all sources, alphabetized by authors’ last names.  Each item should be single-spaced with a double-space between items.  


Papers must use a minimum of 4 sources, with a minimum of two primary sources and two academic journals. If you’re not sure about the difference between primary and secondary sources, check out the info at: http://subjectguides.library.american.edu/primary.  All sources must be validated as solid, scholarly sources. Restrict your sources to newspaper articles from major national and international papers (use these sparingly as they tend to be biased and are not often written by experts in the field), published journals and magazine articles, and websites from major organizations and government agencies. Avoid using more than one book, as you most likely won’t have time to read additional books with the load of reading in this course. Unless you read the entire book, you risk taking information out of context. Encyclopedias and textbooks may be referenced minimally in your paper, but do not count toward the minimum number of sources.


All work must be original. Do not use a paper submitted in another course and beware of copy/pasting from online sources, which can lead to plagiarism. Papers will be submitted to turnitin.com during the grading process.  Please review the Academic Integrity Tutorials carefully and make sure you understand how to cite your sources.  Note that this means any facts or ideas you gleaned from your research need to be cited. A lack of citations indicates that you are claiming the ideas are your own.   



Learning from Our Mistakes: Public Management Reform and the Hope of Open Government | Perspectives on Public Management and Governance | Oxford Academic (oup.com)


Classical Perspectives | Boundless Management | | Course Hero


Public Value Theory: Reconciling Public Interests, Administrative Autonomy and Efficiency (umgc.edu)

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