Discuss the various stakeholders that have been working on the issue
You will write an 8-page, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins, policy brief on a current environmental issue.Please provide a cover page, which is not page 1 of the 8-page brief, and include page numbers.You should have a minimum of 10 original sources cited in the text, as well as in the bibliography. Wikipedia is not a source.Citations: in text, you choose the style.
Using the Layzer text as a style guide, if you choose to do so, provide history/background to the issue.Discuss the various stakeholders that have been working on the issue, being sure to include all of the angles and viewpoints of those stakeholders.Note key already-established policies that are being used to address the problem, if applicable, as well as being sure to highlight any new policy suggestions being made by any/all of the stakeholders.
After setting up the issue that you are investigating, and after providing thorough analysis of the politics, policies, and practicable approaches being used and/or suggested to address the issue, please provide your assessment of what the “best” policy approach would be to rectify the environmental challenge.It is your discretion to determine what “best” means.Essentially, you should explain why your approach is superior to other approaches that are being considered/used.This is not solely an opinion piece.Use evidence (e.g. science, economics) to support your decision.Also, keep in mind that policy is an ongoing process, meaning that you may suggest immediate actions to take and you may also suggest what might need to be further investigated/considered.You can have an action plan, so to speak, set to a timeline, if you’d like to do so.Do NOT forget to include some possible ways to evaluate the progress of your policy approach.
An example of a paper outline might look like:
II. Stakeholder Groups
III.Policy Approaches and Analysis
Your “Best” Approach
Possible Issues to Research:you can choose a local, regional, national, or international issue.Choose something that is of interest to you, and not necessarily something that is easy to find lots of information on when writing a paper.Sometimes distilling a huge quantity of information can prove to be very challenging when writing a focused research paper.Examples:fracking, wind energy, nuclear waste, watershed management, coal-fired electricity, mining, desertification, agricultural impacts on water quality, climate change, recreation on public lands, urban growth, palm oil, cash crops, maquiladores, international peace parks, public transportation.
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