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List of 50 Government Research Paper Topics

  1. Civil liberties – are they being eroded?
  2. Compare and contrast mandates and conditions of aid regarding the federal government’s relationship with states. For example, how has FEMA delivered support to states and commonwealths which have experienced natural disasters?
  3. Compare and contrast the campaigns of Senate and House of Representatives candidates.
  4. Compare and contrast the major political parties in the United States. What platforms did they use in the last presidential election? What policies are they preparing for upcoming midterm elections?
  5. Compare and contrast the Virginia and New Jersey plans. Explain how these led to the “Great Compromise.”
  6. Compare and contrast what is a direct democracy versus representative democracy.
  7. Describe the major sources of money that are donated to political campaigns. Check out the Federal Election Regulatory Commission’s website for information.
  8. Differences in democratic and republican beliefs.
  9. Differences in federal and state aid.
  10. Do Americans really have equal rights? Does the amendment in place really ensure this?
  11. Does the federal government have too much or too little power?
  12. Does the President really have any influence? Or is America governed by the secret machine?
  13. Explain how executive orders have been used by presidents throughout the history of the U.S. What is the number of executive orders issued by the current president?
  14. Explain how the 14th Amendment has affected civil liberties in the United States from the time of its passage at the end of the Civil War.
  15. Explain the role of social media in connecting interest groups that have grown stronger as the major political parties have grown weaker.
  16. Explain why the media has been called the fourth branch of government. Include your opinion on whether this is an accurate portrayal.
  17. Finding out which three branches (executive, judicial and legislative) has the most power.
  18. Foreign policy – The Middle East – Look at how it has evolved over the last 20 years.
  19. Government policy on alternative energy sources and climate change
  20. Guantanamo. Why is it still open? Is it a gross infringement of human rights, or necessary to safeguard American citizens against attack?
  21. Gun crime versus the 2nd Amendment. Was the live shooting on television of a reporter and her cameraman a tipping point? Or does the right to bear arms override everything else?
  22. How are political campaigns funded? Is this ethical?
  23. How to get more people to vote during elections.
  24. Illegal immigrants – Is Donald Trump correct in his stance against Mexican migrants? Do immigrants damage the American economy, or are they good for it?
  25. In your opinion, which of the three branches has the most power? Defend your answer.
  26. Obama Care. Explore this in depth. By abolishing it will a future Republican administration be putting lives at risk, or should it have never been introduced in the first instance?
  27. Outline a program that would get more people to vote in presidential elections or local elections.
  28. Pick one thing about the U.S. Constitution including its amendments that you think should be changed. What modifications would you make? Explain your reasons for making this change.
  29. React to the following statement: Democratic decision-making should be extended to all areas of life including schools, the workplace, and the government.
  30. Religion in America – Predominantly Christian is it right that the church should be completely separate from the government?
  31. Should a school be required to get a warrant before searching a student’s property? Defend your answer.
  32. Should corporations be treated as individuals regarding being allowed to donate to political campaigns? Look at the recent Citizens United ruling. Defend your answer.
  33. Should individual states have more or less power compared to the federal government when implementing laws dealing with topics such as legalization of marijuana and abortion?
  34. Should members of Congress vote their conscience or follow the will of the people who elected them into office? Explain your answer.
  35. Should police be allowed to search property of a student at school without a search warrant?
  36. Should term limits be instituted for members of Congress? Explain your answer.
  37. State control over the Internet. How far reaching is it?
  38. The American government and the market economy.
  39. The government and the media – Explore the relationship between the American government and the media.
  40. The government’s position on hostages
  41. The legal age for alcohol. The age that you can legally drink alcohol in the U.S is 21 whereas it is 18 in other countries such as the U.K. Would lowering the age reduce the dangers of binge drinking. Or should the age limit be maintained. (There is a major under-age culture in the U.K. Even though the age limit is lower…)
  42. The process required for a state to be recognized as a state.
  43. The underlying principles of the American Government
  44. What amendment in the US constitution should be changed?
  45. What are important tasks exercised through the executive branch and how have they affected presidents in the country’s history?
  46. What are the dangers of gerrymandering when it comes to voting and presidential elections?
  47. What did Thomas Jefferson mean when he said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants?” Do you think that this statement still applies to today’s world?
  48. Which of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment do you consider the most important? Explain your answer.
  49. Why did the Equal Rights Amendment fail? What kind of campaign could be run to see it passed?
  50. Why would voters choose to vote for a third party, even though they know that their candidate has virtually no chance of winning?
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