Exploring Federalism by Daniel Elazar

Week 4 Sec 5 Book Review Assignment

 

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BOOK REVIEW ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

OVERVIEW
In the field of federalism and intergovernmental relations, the Christian statesman needs to read
leading works in the field with an aim of identifying key concepts related to federalism and
evaluating those concepts from a Christian worldview. Toward that end, the purpose of the Book
Review Assignment is to evaluate a leading work in the field of American federalism and place it
in the framework of a Christian worldview that is informed by the framer’s views of human
nature and limited government. To aid in that goal the Book Review Assignment will require that
a set of “prompts” be answered from a point of view (a thesis) about the book. The response to
these prompts should be thorough and demonstrate a mastery of the book’s content and the
ability to evaluate the work from a Christian worldview.

INSTRUCTIONS
Write a book review for Exploring Federalism by Daniel Elazar that addresses and answers the
following questions:
How does Elazar’s model of federalism compare to other leading models we have
encountered in the course thus far?
  Present a summary of Elazar’s model. Then contrast
Elazar’s model with two other theories/models of federalism from the past three module’s
assigned readings. Pick the two theories/models that you think are the most important
rivals to Elazar’s.

Is Elazar’s model of federalism the best model that we have reviewed so far in upholding
a Christian worldview?  If you agree, provide at least three reasons from scripture (or
from the framers’ views on federalism, human nature, and limited government) with
support for each reason.
If you disagree, do the same. One of your reasons for disagreeing
could be that you think that another model does the job better. If that is true, state and
describe the preferred model, along with why it is preferable.
Follow the requirements listed below with respect to the content and structure of the book review
(for other requirements, review the Book Review Assignment Grading Rubric):
– Thesis: The Book Review needs a thesis, a point of view that pulls together the two
prompt questions. The thesis should be clearly stated in the introduction. This is a book
review and not just a “book report.”
– Word Count: Paper should be between 1000-1200 words. This includes the title page,
the body of the paper, and the alphabetized list of references (if needed).
– Format: Turabian Author-Date style (no footnotes/endnotes; in-text citations only),
double-spaced, Times New Roman (12 pt.) with margins at 1” on all sides. Place page
numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
– Content: Include title page, paper, and an alphabetized list of references. Include the
following in the paper: introduction, a response to the two prompt questions, and a
conclusion. It is expected that the Book Review Assignment will have many citations, but
only one or two short quotes. Include one to three references (if needed) in a reference
section at the end of the paper.

 

Required  Reading

  1. O’Toole, Laurence, & Christensen: 3,9-10, 12-13
  2. Cooperative Localism: Federal- Local Collaboration in an Era of State Sovereignty.

 

REMOVE ALL YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED AREAS
Book Review of Exploring Federalism by Daniel J. Elazar
Your Name
Professor’s Name
University Name
PLCY -Your Section #-Summer 2022
Date Assignment is Due Here

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Book Review of Exploring Federalism by Daniel J. Elazar
Introduction (100-200 words)
WRITE AN INTRODUCTION AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED WRITING THE BOOK
REVIEW. WRITE A ONE-PARAGRAPH INTRODUCTION THAT PULLS TOGETHER
WHAT YOU SAID IN THE BOOK REVIEW
Elazar & Competing Models of Federalism (400 to 500 words)
THIS HEADING CORRESPONDS WITH POINT #1 IN THE “BOOK REVIEW
ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTION SHEET.” THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE: How does Elazar’s
model of federalism compare to other leading models we have encountered in the course thus
far?  Present a summary of Elazar’s model. Then, contrast Elazar’s model with two different
models of federalism from the past three modules assigned readings. Pick the two models that
you think are the most important rival models to Elazar’s.
· Introductory paragraph to this section in which you provide a summary of key features of
Elazar’s model of federalism
· Compare Model #1 (your choice) with Elazar’s model. Make sure each model gets at
least one paragraph of both comparison and contrast. If the material is long enough,
consider putting the comparison (how the two models are alike) in one paragraph and
putting the contrast (how the two models are different) in the second paragraph.
· Compare Other Model #2 (your choice) with Elazar’s model. Make sure each model gets
at least one paragraph of comparison and contrast. If the material is long enough,
consider putting the comparison (how the two models are alike) in one paragraph and
putting the contrast (how the two models are different) in the second paragraph.

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Elazar & the Biblical Worldview (400 to 500 words)
THIS HEADING CORRESPONDS WITH POINT #2 IN THE “BOOK REVIEW
ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTION SHEET.” THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE: Is Elazar’s model of
federalism the best model that we have reviewed so far in light of a Christian worldview (which
could include the framer’s view of human nature and limited government)? If you agree, provide
at least three reasons from scripture and/or principles from the founders with support for each
reason. If you disagree, do the same. PERHAPS YOU AGREE IN SOME RESPECTS BUT
DISAGREE IN OTHERS. YOU CAN MIX IT UP.
– Introductory paragraph to this section. In this paragraph, succinctly state your three or
more reasons whether you agree or disagree with Elazar. Perhaps you agree with him on
some features of his model, but not others. Clarify here.
– Reason #1 that you agree/disagree—Provide at least one paragraph to explain your
rationale, citing evidence for your position (scripture, statistics, logical reasoning,
historical confirmation, etc.)-· Reason #2 that you agree/disagree—Provide at least one paragraph to explain your
rationale, citing evidence for your position (scripture, statistics, logical reasoning,
historical confirmation, etc.)
– Reason #3 that you agree/disagree—Provide at least one paragraph to explain your
rationale, citing evidence for your position (scripture, statistics, logical reasoning,
historical confirmation, etc.)
Conclusion (100 to 200 words)

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USE THIS SECTION TO CONCLUDE THE PAPER. SUMMARIZE THE POINTS THAT
YOU MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROMPT (THIS IS ESSENTIAL). YOU CAN ADD
OTHER THINGS ALSO. PERHAPS YOU MIGHT MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS BOOK
AND HOW IT APPLIES TO YOUR PERSONAL RESEARCH AND AREA OF FOCUS.
REFERENCES
Elazar, Daniel J. 1987.  Exploring Federalism.  Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama
Press.
ADD OTHER WORKS AS NEEDED TO THE LIST OF REFERENCES (A
RECOMMENDATION IS THAT YOU KEEP THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL WORKS AT
A MINIMUM. THE GOAL IN THIS ASSIGNMENT IS TO DEMONSTATE A COMMAND
OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF ELAZAR’S MODEL, NOT TO DEMONSTRATE RESEARCH
CAPABILITY BY INCORPORATING MULTIPLE SOURCES).

 

Book Review Grading Rubric

Book Review Grading Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
Structure
20 to >18.0 pts

Advanced

INTRODUCTION: Contains a clear and concise thesis that pulls together the two prompt questions. The thesis statement provides clear direction for the paper including major supporting points. HEADINGS & TRANSITIONS/TOPIC SENTENCES: Used effectively throughout the paper. CONCLUSION: Restates the thesis, along with supporting points for the thesis. Concluding remarks about the book are included.

18 to >17.0 pts

Proficient

INTRODUCTION: Contains a thesis that pulls together the two prompt questions. The thesis statement provides general direction for the paper. HEADINGS & TRANSITIONS/TOPIC SENTENCES: Used throughout the paper. CONCLUSION: Restates the thesis, drawing the two prompt questions together, along with concluding remarks about the book.

17 to >0.0 pts

Developing

INTRODUCTION: Unclear on whether a thesis is included. The direction of the paper is unclear. HEADINGS & TRANSITIONS/TOPIC SENTENCES: Rarely used or used and ineffective CONCLUSION: Thesis is unclear. Content of the conclusion appears detached from the content of the paper.

0 pts

Not Present

20 pts
Discussion of Federalism
30 to >28.0 pts

Advanced

The paper provides all three of the following: 1. A clear, concise summary of Elazar’s model of federalism. 2. Addresses and answers Question no. 1 from the Book Review Instruction sheet. 3. Addresses and answers Question no. 2 from the Book Review Instruction sheet.

28 to >25.0 pts

Proficient

The paper provides two out of three of the following: 1. A clear, concise summary of Elazar’s model of federalism. 2. Addresses and answers Question no. 1 from the Book Review Instruction sheet. 3. Addresses and answers Question no. 2 from the Book Review Instruction sheet.

25 to >0.0 pts

Developing

The paper provides one out of three of the following: 1. A clear, concise summary of Elazar’s model of federalism. 2. Addresses and answers Question no. 1 from the Book Review Instruction sheet. 3. Addresses and answers Question no. 2 from the Book Review Instruction sheet.

0 pts

Not Present

30 pts
Content
20 to >18.0 pts

Advanced

COMPREHENSION: Content reflects a mastery of the book’s content. Content is not crowded out by the works of others. CITATION: Ample in-text citations of the contents of the book, but only about 1 or two brief quotes.

18 to >17.0 pts

Proficient

COMPREHENSION: Content reflects a knowledge of the book’s content. Content contains some unnecessary references to the works of others. CITATION: Some in-text citations of the contents of the book, but only about 3 or 4 brief quotes.

17 to >0.0 pts

Developing

COMPREHENSION: Content reflects an uncertain knowledge of the book’s content. Content contains too many unnecessary references to the works of others, crowding out information about the author of the assigned book. CITATION: Few or no in-text citations of the contents of the book. More than 4 quotes.

0 pts

Not Present

20 pts
Grammar/Spelling/Turabian
20 to >18.0 pts

Advanced

Contains 0–4 grammar, spelling or Turabian errors

18 to >17.0 pts

Proficient

Contains 5-9 grammar, spelling or Turabian errors

17 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Contains 10-15 grammar, spelling or Turabian errors

0 pts

Not Present

20 pts
Word Count
10 to >9.0 pts

Advanced

Word count is between 1000 to 1200 words.

9 to >8.0 pts

Proficient

Word count is 1201-1300 words OR 999-900 words.

8 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Word count is 1301 or more words OR 899 or less words.

0 pts

Not Present

10 pts
Total Points: 100

 

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