The last two presidential elections highlighted internal divisions within both major American national political parties, with progressive Democrats squaring off against moderates, and Donald Trump defeating a roster of Republican “establishment” candidates. These divisions have arguably grown larger as the parties prepare for the 2022 midterm elections. As we have learned, the two parties have long histories of realignments of their party coalitions. Which of the two major parties is more likely to see a major realignment in its coalition soon, why, what might a new coalition look like, and would this ultimately be a positive or negative development for the party and the country? If you did not, the paper must be 11-14 pages.
Rules for writing the paper
1) The paper must have a thesis statement – a “why” or “how” question(s) which your paper will answer. The paper must have an introduction (which tells the reader what you are going to discuss; the thesis usually comes at the end of the introduction), a body (which contains the information that advances your thesis), and a conclusion (which summarizes what the reader has learned).
2) You must include a “works cited” page, which does not count as part of the page requirement. the paper is 11-14 pages, you must use at least eight sources. Three of these sources must be from class readings (each individual chapter of the texts will count as a separate source for our purposes). Two sources must be scholarly sources – cited, peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals or similar books. The remaining sources are left to your discretion, but it is important that they be legitimate, verifiable sources (in other words, not something you found on a random Reddit thread). For these, newspapers, magazines, most journalism, biographies, and scholarly or government web sites are among your options.
3) The paper must follow the citing rules listed in the APSA Style Manual, which is linked in the “Pages” section of the course Canvas page. This means parenthetical citation for everything except Internet sites without an attributed author, which may be footnoted.
4) Papers must be double-spaced, using the Times New Roman font and a font size of 12. Margins should be one inch all around. Please include a title page (again this does not count toward the page requirement) with your name, the course, and the date.
5) All material taken from the work of others must be cited, whether you are quoting or paraphrasing/summarizing another’s argument. Not citing the work of others is plagiarism. See the course syllabus for further information. If unsure, it is always better to err on the side of caution and cite. See the APSA Style Manual or the professor if you have any questions.
Assignment The last two presidential elections highlighted internal divisions wi