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POLS 4402 Midterm Paper
how well does the theory of issue ownership explain electoral outcomes? Defend your position and provide current examples
Instructions: Check the following prompt and write a 5-8 page paper on that
subject. The prompts provided are broad and can be addressed in several ways. Therefore, I am
not looking for a right or wrong answer to the question but rather for you to think critically about
the American political party system. Each question is multi-faceted which means that students
have the opportunity to write in both an expository and a persuasive manner. While I encourage
you to incorporate current events and your own perspective into the paper, note that this should
not be a pure opinion piece. Demonstrate that you’ve learned from this class by clearly
referencing theories, concepts, and examples from the required readings. Remember to cite all
sources, including those within the syllabus.
Paper formatting should be in the standard 12 point Times New Roman font, double-
spaced, with normal margins. You may use any citation format (e.g., MLA, APA style). Papers
should be uploaded to the Dropbox in D2L by 11:59pm Sunday October 7, 2018.
Given geographical heterogeneity (e.g., a Democrat from New York is not ideologically
identical to a Democrat from Mississippi), how well does the theory of issue ownership (Module
4) explain electoral outcomes? Defend your position and provide current examples. Historically,
parties have been able to both form and fracture according to one issue (Module 3). Which
current political issues have the ability to splinter today’s Democratic and Republican Parties?
Why? In what ways might the national party machine (Module 2) prevent this from happening?
Due to the rapidly changing landscape of (digital) political communication (Module 8), in what
ways might future office-seekers have more or less freedom in shaping their own political
image? Explain your rationale.
Note: To avoid plagiarism, students should rephrase information in their own words and
students should cite all sources used. Students may not collaborate with one another on this
assignment. Be aware that I will be checking for plagiarism as it applies to both outside
sources and to within-class collaboration. Refer to the syllabus for more information about
plagiarism and its consequences.
Arguments within the paper display a great deal of thought by the
student, student has contemplated the issues and has provided deep
insight to the questions raised, inclusion of required and supplemental
material is well-balanced with the student’s personal arguments
Amount and quality of
Sources used are appropriate and relevant towards the student’s
arguments, supplemental information provided is well incorporated into
the overall position, direct quotations do not compromise the length of
Addresses all relevant questions raised, presents material in a way
which is easy to comprehend, arguments of the paper flow and build
upon one another
Paper contains few grammatical errors, formatting guidelines are
followed, student avoids the use of slang/abbreviations
Citation of sources
Sources are properly cited, student has been careful to avoid plagiarism
*This is a midterm paper no plagairism please, will need to be sumbitted to turnitin.com!
* Page limit 5-7 pages max.
*Below I will attach the assignments instructions and grade rubric to see the criteria that needs to be met.
*** Paper will be written on TOPIC #3
*** EVERY QUESTION ASKED NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED!!!!
****Cite only from the readings that I provide!*****
Module 1 – Chapter 1
Module 2 – PDF
Module 3 – Page 68-82 PDF
Module 5 – Page 45-50 PDF