Upcoming Unit 4 Assignment
In Unit 2, we took a first step in stakeholder assessment by considering the range of stakeholders that may participate in a policy debate. This assignment is the second step in analyzing the importance of stakeholders and their interests.
For this assignment you will analyze stakeholders in the debate about gasoline additives, using our case study on MTBE. Your objective is to develop a stakeholder map like the one discussed in the Clemons and McBeth textbook on page 29. Your goal is to place five stakeholders on this 2 x 2 grid, which is a common assessment framework in social science and policy analysis.
This assignment has two objectives. One is to identify different stakeholder groups and to summarize their interests. The second is to determine their importance in policy making.
To complete this assignment, please follow the instructions below :
1. Identify Five Possible Stakeholders
Identify actors with a stake in gasoline additives. To do this you can use information in Chapter 3 of the Greenberg text and conduct an Internet search. Try to identify stakeholders expressing different positions or with different characteristics. (For example, five companies from the petroleum industry are not a diverse set. A combination of government agencies, environmental advocates, community groups, and industry representatives would be a diverse set.)
2. Fill Out the Stakeholder Assessment Table
Enter five stakeholders into the stakeholder assessment table.
Complete the details in the rows for each stakeholder. Refer to the instructions on page 2 of the table for more details. Please note that your assessment will require you to use material relating stakeholder power (i.e., influence and access) to the three institutional elements ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ science, bureaucracy, and ethics ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ that we discussed in this unit. Please pay careful attention to the instructions on page 2 to assure that you capture these elements.
3. Fill Out the Stakeholder Assessment Map
Using the data from the stakeholder assessment table, place each stakeholder on the 2 x 2 interest-influence grid. Refer to the instructions in the stakeholder assessment map for more details.
4. Reflect on this Stakeholder Assessment
Add additional slides in the stakeholder assessment map that answer these two questions:
Which actors are most likely to be taken into account in policy making?
Which policy approaches align with their interest and levels of influence? (That is, based on the interests and influence of these stakeholders, what policy approaches should be considered?)
After you have completed steps 1-4, you should have the following items.
A completed stakeholder assessment table.
A completed stakeholder assessment map with the answers to the two assessment questions.
In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the assignment, a successful assignment must also meet the following criteria:
Length of stakeholder assessment table (Word) should be 1 page, excluding cover page and references.
1. Length of stakeholder assessment map (PowerPoint) should be 3-4 slides, excluding title slide and reference slide.
2. Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained.
3. Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
4. Writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
5. Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
6. Appropriate citation style should be followed.