I have to write an essay on how poor information for the public can lead to poor choices. I approached it using the accountability model, saying that info is necessary to hold politicians accountable. I have read different papers that have evidence for higher corruption levels at lower levels of information, and higher government performance when information for the voters is available. But I don't know how to structure the body of my essay as such. 

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It looks like you are well on your way to a great essay! In structuring your essay, here are some basic pointers:

  • Your essay should start with an introductory paragraph that familiarizes your readers with your topic and the basic questions you are dealing with—in your case, whether more information available to voters leads to better governance, and what the accountability model is. The last sentence of your introductory paragraph, with very few exceptions, should be a thesis statement—a clear and concise sentence that summarizes what you are arguing. It might be something along the lines of “I will argue that more information for voters leads to better government for reasons x, y, and z.”
  • In the body of your essay, let’s say the next 3-7 paragraphs, you will want to unpack the evidence of why your position is correct. Why should readers believe you and not someone arguing the opposite point of view? A good way to thinking about organizing this portion might be to devote 1-2 pararaphs on each of the reasons why your argument is correct that you listed in your thesis statement.
  • End with a paragraph of conclusion that both clearly restates your argument, and explains the broader significance of what you are saying. This paragraph is a great place to answer the question ”So what?” or why your readers should care about anything you just wrote!

Good luck!

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