In our reading from the Brookings Institution, “the COVID-19 pandemic brought increasing attention to our federalist form of government. The traditional story of federalism recognizes that the national government can make policy in some areas, while the states reserve the right to regulate in other areas. However, as the pandemic has highlighted, things are not always that clear-cut. The constitutional boundaries between state and federal authority are increasingly difficult to ascertain.” Specifically, do you believe that President Biden’s vaccine mandate in the “Path Out of the Pandemic” is constitutional? There are differing schools of thought on this and I’m looking for a brief analysis and conclusion.
The topic for your research paper will be: The Pandemic and Lessons Learned. For the paper, I want you to select a specific aspect of the U.S. government response to the pandemic for your analysis. It has to be a narrow enough topic to be able to do a focused review. I’ll work with each of you on your proposed topic to ensure that it’s manageable within the guidelines outlined below. Throughout the semester, we’ve looked at the U.S. government response to the pandemic and we’ve done a careful analysis of actions taken, including executive orders and legislation. We’ve drawn on the theories of political science to do a critical review of what worked and what didn’t and this is now an opportunity for us to learn from this health and economic crisis.This is an important assignment, worth 15% of your final grade. It will be due no later than the start of class on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and I’ll be looking for a file upload in Canvas. My grading guidelines for our research paper will be the same as what I’ve used for our policy analysis paper, our weekly journal assignments (and what I’ll expect for our final exam). Here’s what I’m looking for:To help you properly prepare, by Wednesday, November 10 I’d like you to submit (via Canvas) your proposed topic and a draft outline of your paper. This is a requirement and this submission will be factored into your overall grade on the paper. I’m available to help you develop your papers before this deadline. While it’s certainly possible that some of you may pick the same topic (and that’s fine), I’d like to ensure that we cover a range of issues to provide a comprehensive set of lessons learned for the pandemic.