Write up a policy analysis on the current situation, identify existing challenges, and provide solutions or suggestions to improve the practices in intergovernmental relations. The policy report may analyze an actual situation or even discuss the hypothetical situation (if you cannot find a relevant case or data). The objective of this assignment is to offer an opportunity for students to connect the knowledge they obtained from the lecture with empirical cases and practices in the public arena (even at a hypothetical level). This assignment intends to raise the analytical capability of students to assess the situation from a political, economic, and societal perspective. Students are required to identify empirical data and case for their policy analysis paper. Students will have to clarify how the selected cases and data contribute to addressing specific public policy issues and problems from an inter-governmental relation point of view. Students may choose to address a specific grant program, public policy, or regulation. The public policy issue can be local, state, or federal government levels. The case can be either a U.S. case or an international case from a comparative perspective.

This assignment is composed of the following two sub-sections:

In the first sub-section, students will have to examine the connection between selected public policy topic and the themes covered during this PA 3110 Inter-governmental Relations Course. In examining the public policy case, students may focus on the main features, aspects, or structure of inter-governmental relations (e.g. federalism, constitutions, finance, the relationship of executive-legislative-judicial branches, criminal justice, metropolitics). (A length of the first sub-section is maximum 500 words)
In the second sub-section, students will have to summarize the findings from the previous analysis section and generate implications. (A length of the second sub-section is maximum 250 words)