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POL 212 Environment and Politics: Home

A guide to library resources for Prof. Regina Axelrod's course on the political, economic, and regulatory aspects of environmental issues

Help doing Political Science reserach

Research and writing are central to your activities as political scientists.  This website is intended to aid students engaged in a variety of related activities: writing a senior honors thesis, taking courses in research methods, and writing a paper for a government or social science course.

A Users Guide to Politcal Science

 The link below from the University of Michigan will help you understand how govenmental policy is made This BRIEF explores how the ideas for governmental policy emerge  and what it takes to get them adopted. Content is based primarily on Michigan, which has a full-time legislature. While concepts are relevant to other states and the national level, details may differ.

How Governmental Policy is made

Class Assignments from Syllabus


Each student will be required to write two short research papers.   This guide will focus on resources for the first research paper.  

The first paper should address current status and problems demonstrating an understanding of the interrelatedness of environmental issues in a global context.  The paper should:

  • Explain the environmental issue selected

 (USE the Books Tab- and search Reference resources, books from OneSearch and eBrary for this  part  of the asignment)

  • Compare the nature of the problem in two or more countries

(Use the Article Databases TAB search General databases first such as Academic Search Complete and Proquest Research library so that you can limit results to particular countries, then try the Environmental and Political Science databases for more specific articles).

  • Discuss political actions which address the problem in those countries

(USE Article databases TAB and search for articles use the key word terms "policy or Politc* or legislation" as a concepts)

  •  Explain the significance of international meetings, treaties, and agreements which address the problem

 (USE Article databases TAB or  Internet Resources and try a in search  United Nations Research Guide ECOLEX and Open CRS)

 In the second paper, students will identify an environmental issue and interview local interest groups, political leaders and government officials.  Through interviews and attendance at meetings, students will develop an understanding of the role of environmental issues in the political arena.  A written (4-6 pages) and oral class presentation is required.  Students will meet with the instructor before the seventh week of the semester for the approval of project.  




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