how well does the theory of issue ownership explain electoral outcomes? Defend your position and provide current examples

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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.


Grading Rubric

Critical Thought

(45 points)

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

information provided

(30 points)

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

the paper



(10 points)

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



(10 points)

Paper contains few grammatical errors, formatting guidelines are

followed, student avoids the use of slang/abbreviations


Citation of sources

(5 points)


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!


* 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


****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