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Twenty Great Topics For Your Research Paper On American Government

Students first encounter American Government in high school but may even be required to take one or two courses in college if their discipline determines that it is core curriculum required to earn a degree in that field. Even though it seems as though there is nothing more to say about the subject, there are actually plenty of opportunities to come up with unique and really interesting research paper topics. Here are twenty great ideas for you to consider:

  1. What do you think of the following statement: all of areas of society including the workplace, schools and the government should have decisions made by democratic process?
  2. What are the similarities and differences between representative and direct democracy?
  3. Do you believe that the media in the U.S. now represents the fourth political branch?
  4. How do campaigns for congressional seats differ between the senators and representatives?
  5. How have interest groups become stronger while political parties have actually lost power in the stretch of time?
  6. Do you think that corporations should be treated as individuals in terms of how they are allowed to contribute to a political campaign?
  7. Do you think the practice of polling and relying on those results can be dangerous to a natural and free election?
  8. Do you think there is a program that would get more citizens to vote in yearly elections?
  9. What are the major sources for campaign funding? Why do you believe these organizations would consider making contributions in the first place?
  10. What is meant by Jefferson’s words regarding the blood of tyrants and patriots needing to refresh the tree of liberty? Do you believe this comment applies today?
  11. Choose something about the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights and Amendments) that you believe should be updated or changed.
  12. Why do you think a citizen would choose to vote for a third party candidate, even though they might know that their candidate has no chance of winning?
  13. How did the New Jersey and Virginia plans lead to what is known as the “Great Compromise”?
  14. Do you believe that individual states should have more or less power in comparison to the federal government when considering the passing of certain laws?
  15. Can you discuss the similarities and differences between conditions and mandates of assistance and aid in terms of how the federal government works with the states?
  16. Discuss the similarities and differences between the Democratic and Republican parties in the U.S.?
  17. How has the fourteenth amendment affected civil liberties in the U.S. since the time of its passage?
  18. Which political branch do you believe has the most power today? Has this always been the case or is this a modern trend?
  19. Why do you believe the Equal Rights Amendment failed?
  20. Do you think the federal government has too much power, not enough power or just the right amount of power?
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