i have a reading analyses essay due in two days.
Comparative public policy and political science
In order to compare immigration policies adequately, it is first necessary to consider political
science insights on comparative methodology. Key questions:
ï‚· What are the primary scholarly and practical aims of comparison? [Why should policy
analysts and academics compare policy settings?]
ï‚· Where can comparison go wrong?
ï‚· What are the major differences methodologically between small-N and large-N
comparison? Which do you prefer?
* Castles. F.G. 1991 â€œWhy Compare Australiaâ€ in F.G. Castles ed., Australia Compared:
People, Policies and Politics, Allen and Unwin, 1991, pp1-14. [Available in the
* Hopkin, J. (2010). â€œThe Comparative Method,â€ in Marsh, D. and Stoker, G. (eds) Theory
and Methods in Political Science, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, Baskingstoke,
George, A.L. and Bennett, A. (2005), Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social
Sciences : MIT Press [Very useful for those adopting a scholarly comparative approach].
Gerring, J. (2007), Case Study Research: Principles and Practices, New York: Cambridge
University Press [Ditto].
Stokes, S.C. and Boix, C. (2007), The Oxford Handbook of comparative politics, Oxford/New
York: OUP [On reserve in library].
Moran, M., Rein, M. and Goodin, R.E. (2006), The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy ,
Oxford: OUP [On reserve in library].
You are responsible for providing an analysis of one of the readings each week (up to 500
ï‚· The reading analysis should be of one of the theoretical articles, not the
practical policy documents.
ï‚· The template to be used for the analyses can be found on LMS in the
ï‚· This analysis must be uploaded with your name and SID onto the LMS every
week excluding weeks 1 and 13 by 3pm of the day of the class.
ï‚· If you are presenting, you do not need to submit a reading analysis for that week.
ï‚· Late submissions will be penalised.
In addition to the specific readings outlined below, you may also find the following journals
ï‚· Journal of Population Research
ï‚· Journal of Aging Studies
ï‚· People and Place
ï‚· International Migration Review
ï‚· Journal of Social Policy
ï‚· Journal of Public Policy
ï‚· European Journal of Public Policy
ï‚· Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
The following handbooks are also useful:
Rosenblum, M. R. and D. J. Tichenor (2012). Oxford Handbook of the Politics of
International Migration. USA, Oxford University Press. A copy is under purchase with Fisher.
Hollifield, J. Martin, P and Orrenius, P. (eds.) (2014). Controlling Immigration: A Global
Perspective (3rd edn.; California: Stanford University Press). Available from Fisher.
Brettell, C. and Hollifield, J.F. (2015) Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines,
Routledge, New York and London.
Your reading analyses will be assessed based on the following criteria and reported on the
LMS at the end of semester:
1. Clarity and accuracy in identifying the citation, big picture question and thesis
statement in the article. (Information literacy)
2. Correctly and fully identify the evidence that the author(s) marshals to support the
thesis statement. (Information literacy)
3. Critically evaluate the argument and underlying theories, concepts and assumptions
of the reading. (Research and Inquiry)
4. Knowledgeably and creatively make connections to other readings, lectures or issues
drawing out insightful sub-themes. (Personal and Intellectual Autonomy)
5. Confidently and coherently communicate to a professional standard.
Reading analyses guide to the essay!
Comparative Migration Policy, GOVT 6358
Department of Government and International Relations
Things to include in your 500 word reading analysis each week:
Citation: Provide a correct citation of the details of the piece, as included in the unit of study outline
Authorâ€™s thesis: What is the core argument of the piece? If there is a puzzle the author is seeking to answer, please identify it. If there does not appear to be a clear puzzle, or it is incomplete, you can make note of this too.
Evidence: What evidence does the author marshal to support his or her claims? What are the limitations of this evidence? Do you find it convincing? What are the gaps?
Evaluation/critique: What do you think of this piece? Is the argument compelling? Yes/No? What are the most apparent limitations?
Relationship to other readings or class discussion: Can you draw links between this piece and others considered this semester? Are there links to issues discussed in the seminar? If so, mention these.
Relationship to your research paper: Although you do not need to include it in the analysis, it is a good idea for your own purposes to keep a list of any readings that are relevant to your research paper.
Accurate quotation: You will need to accurately distinguish between your own words and ideas and those of the author whose work is the subject of the reading analysis. Remember that these analyses, as with all work submitted as part of your Masters, is subject to the standard University rules around plagiarism. See the end of the unit of study outline if there is any uncertainty in this regard.