Hi I am a college student and I am taking a BIS course which is Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies because I have two concentrations in political science and public administration.  My BIS 302...

Hi I am a college student and I am taking a BIS course which is Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies because I have two concentrations in political science and public administration. 

My BIS 302 class is all about globalization and right now we have to start researching for a paper that we have to write about later. However I need help coming up with a research question that I can gather data in a simple way with using a quantitative or qualitative research method.

So my research question has to include stuff about: globalization, political science, public administration, and maybe health or education? Any Ideas? thanks 

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If I were writing the paper that you are describing I would tie globalization to political science by looking at how the two main American political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, look at the idea of globalization.

I would focus on several ideas, one of the most important being the increased activity in the manufacturing sector of the American economy. As China begins to suffer from economic problems, how will American manufacturing begin to fill this void on a global scale, and which political party could have the greatest effect on maximizing the opportunity for the greatest benefit to America? Traditionally, we think of the Republican party as pro-business; does that mean that a Republican administration could help the American economy expand in this area?

The most recent issue of Time magazine has a column by Rana Foroohar titled “Globalization in Reverse,” which looks at how globalization is actually slowing down, and firms are becoming more concerned with bringing business back to the United States: “. . . 21% of all manufacturing firms in the U.S. with $1 billion or more in sales are actively reshoring, and 54% say they are considering it.”

Since Democrats and Republicans have different philosophies on business and labor, how might this new trend change things for American business and American labor?

I would also look at the importance of new sources of energy in the United States. There is the potential for America to become more energy independent and also to be an export player in this market. For example, shale oil production has vast potential, but there are environmental concerns that are affected by public policy. How should public policy proceed on this issue? Again, Republicans are lining up on the pro-business side of the issue, while Democrats (at least a significant number of them) are looking at the potential negative environmental effects. How has Obama’s administration dealt with this issue? What do Republican leaders propose?

These issues involve globalization, public policy, and political science. There is quite a bit of information available online and in recent news publications. The questions involved will be with us for years, and nobody is certain which direction things will go at this point. Your paper could focus on this uncertain future and the possible political and policy decisions that will influence its course.

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