(1). In this PAPER, you will analyze the influence of seminal thinkers and events on public policy and administration concepts and processes. Dwight Toavs’ Timeline on Ideas of Governance is designed to “foster an appreciation of the evolution and development of ideas that constitute contemporary governance.” Spanning over 2,000 years, the timeline illustrates the ways political philosophers “build on the works of their predecessors, crafting arguments for or against those ideas, or modifying them to incorporate and justify new insights” (Toavs, n.d.). This overview of the history and traditions of public policy and administration should provide the foundation for the development of your research ideas, plans, and processes in this field.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review Toavs’ Ideas of Governance timeline, located in the Learning Resources.
- Select three political philosophers and/or events and search for scholarly articles on each topic.
Write a paragraph on each political philosopher and/or event, expanding on the chronologies with peer-reviewed journal articles. Analyze the influence each of these seminal thinkers and/or events has had on the public policy and administration concepts and processes with which society is governed today. Explain the reasons you came to these conclusions.
(2). To prepare for this Assignment, review thE Learning Resources. Pay special attention to the ARTICLE Useem B. (1997), “Choosing a Dissertation Topic” found in the Walden Library databases as well as Walden University Library. (n.d.). What is a good topic? Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/topic
Write 2–3 pages on the topic you are considering for your Dissertation. How did you come to select the topic? What is your interest in studying it? What is the problem that makes it worth studying? What is its significance?
Then, in another half page, briefly explain how you demonstrated academic writing using APA style and format in what you wrote. Be specific and use examples from your writing to illustrate your explanation. In other words, rather than writing, for example, “I used correct citations,” explain the APA guidelines that guided your use of specific citation style in the reference list vs. the text.
References/ learning resources
- Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Chapter 1, “The Research Process” (pp. 3–8)
- Chapter 10, “Writing” (pp. 259–279)
- Miller, R. K. (2003, April 1). Finishing the dissertation. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Finishing-the-Dissertation/45136/
- Perlmutter, D. D., & Porter, L. (2005). Thinking beyond the dissertation. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 52(17). Retrieved http://chronicle.com/article/Thinking-Beyond-the-Dissert/45046/
- Robinson, B. (2001). The dissertation…and beyond: Developing your academic career. ABNF Journal, 12(1), 17–18.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
- Laureate Education. (Executive Producer). (2010d). The Dissertation research process. Baltimore, MD: Author
- Useem, B. (1997). Choosing a Dissertation topic. PS: Political Science & Politics, 30(2), 213–216.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
- Walden University Library. (n.d.). What is a good topic?
Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/topic
- Toavs, D. (n.d.). Ideas of governance. Retrieved from http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/146482/Ideas-of-Governance
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