In a 10-12 page paper (double-spaced, regular margins), please examine the form and quality of government in one of the 50 states. How democratic is the government in your state? How good a job does it do in providing for the public good?
In so doing, pay attention to the following themes:
•What is the state constitution like? In what ways is it similar to and different from the federal one?
•What avenues does the state constitution provide for popular participation in politics? What factors limit the extent of popular participation?
•Is the state well-governed? Do public policies tend to pursue the public good, or to favor the narrower interests of powerful groups?
In addressing these questions, make sure to discuss in depth at least one major political or constitutional issue facing the state at present.