Short assignment Political Party Platforms

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Political Party Platforms

-  This assignment gives you an opportunity to study linkage institutions - that is, the institutions that help those in government connect with ("link to") the people whom they serve (and vice versa).  One of the long-standing linkage institutions is the political party, so this assignment will ask you to investigate where some of our political parties stand on issues of the day.  The formal stance of a party is contained in the party's platform, so you'll be looking at platforms to research party stands on issues.

-  you should visit at least 2 political party sites in order to find the party platform. I suspect most will look at the two major parties Democratic or Republican but if you like you can look at the either smaller party.  Here are links to party websites:

www.democrats.org (Democrats)

www.rnc.org (Republicans)

www.lp.org (Libertarians)

www.gp.org (Green Party)

Pick one particular issue that you are interested in (stem cell research; U.S. policy towards Iran; climate change; the war in Iraq; etc.).   Look to see where one of the two major parties stands on that issue.  You'll do this by finding the party's platform (it might be under a link such as "where we stand" or "about us" or something like that).  And you must find the platform, not just a bullet list - the platform provides details and specifics.  Don't just copy and paste; instead, read the party's views/promises and put them in your own words.   Be specific about what each party has to say on the issue in question.  You can earn up to 20 points for your reporting on the platform promises of a major party and a minor party and for your assessment (described in the next paragraph).

Once you've reported what each party plans/promises to do, assess the parties' promises and draw some conclusions.  Is this a workable solution?  Is it expensive?  Is it realistic?  Will it help the party's candidates be successful in the next election?  Does it reflect mainstream views of the problem?  Include in your posting your assessment of the viability of each party's promise on the issue that you've investigated.  Remember that you must pick an issue, investigate two political parties’ platform related to the issue you’ve selected.

Compare or contrast two political parties' positions on an issue of your choice, and tell me which party comes closer to your own position on that issue.  I expect that most people will contrast the Democratic Party  and the Republican Party, but you also may contrast one of those parties with a third party (such as the Green Party, Reform Party, Libertarian Party, or another third party).

-  Politics1.com has extensive links for sources on the two major parties, as well as other third parties.  Good essays will be typed and include a paragraph on each of the two parties' positions, and a concluding paragraph on why one of those positions is more in line with your own. The Grading rubric for this essay is below.

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Democratic Party Position

There is one clear well- focused topic that explains the Democratic Party's position. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.

Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general.

Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information.

The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.

Republican Party Position

There is one clear well- focused topic that explains the Republican Party's position. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.

Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general.

Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information.

The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.

Party Position Evaluation

The party that is closest to your position is clearly identified and at least 3 examples of evidence is given to support your conclusion.

The party that is closest to your position is identified and at least 2 examples of evidence is given to support your conclusion.

The party that is closest to your position is not identified although your position is explained.

There is no comparison of a particular party with respect to your position; the paper just ends.

Grammar/Spelling

Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Mechanics

Essay is neatly typed with no distracting corrections. Name, date, and assignment# are identified in the heading.

Essay is neatly typed with 1 or 2 distracting corrections (e.g., cross-outs; bumpy white-out, words written over, partial heading).

The writing is generally readable, but the reader has to exert quite a bit of effort to figure out some of the words. No heading.

Many words are unreadable OR there are several distracting corrections. the essay is not typed. No heading.


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