Identify the Case That Makes You Curious
There are several options. First — a particular political case study is given to you for analysis. You don’t choose it, you don’t decide what to do with it, you have an assignment, and you follow it. In this case, you can start with the second point of this article. However, if you have a choice, and you can look for the case yourself, you should allocate some time to do so. Don’t settle on the first case found online or presented in your textbook. Look for something that truly inspires you or, at least, interests you. There will be a point in analysis when you feel like you can’t proceed forward. If you are not interested in the given case, you may dive into procrastination and fail. So, choosing an engaging case is not about fun; it is about taking precautions and making sure you succeed in writing this complex assignment.
Decide Whether the Case Is Typical or Not
It is the first question you should ask yourself when finding a case you like (or working with the case given by your professor). Cases can be typical and not. How do you decide if the case is typical? It should comply with the common pattern for similar situations. For example, there is a sex scandal related to the committee member. Typical resolution — a committee member resigns, his or her party releases a note saying that they disapprove of his/her actions, the media frenzy stops in a day or two after that. Of course, every situation is different, but if the case follows the common pattern, it is a typical case. However, if the committee member goes to court to prove that harassing employees is a good thing as it increases morale in the group and wins the case which leads to some changes in legislation and his/her party nominates him/her as a presidential candidate — the case is definitely not typical.
Try to Identify the Insight of a Particular Study
We gave an example of some exciting cases which involve some human interest, scandal, and media coverage. Fortunately or unfortunately, 80% of political case studies are much more boring. They are related to some changes in the legislation, some rather predictable power games, voting procedures, etc. However, your task is to find an insight into a case study. Something that draws attention, something that sparkles genuine interest, something that can be used as the most valuable take from the case. For example, the case shows that coolers with water installed between cabinets (instead of standard pitchers with water put in every cabinet) decrease sick leaves related to back pain, osteochondrosis, and at some point, can improve communication between committee members. It is an insight, as taxpayers pay for those sick leaves.
Don’t Forget About Fact-Checking and Proofreading
This goes for any case study, but when it comes to political, anything fact-checking is a truly difficult task. You should, first of all, use Google Scholar instead of Google to minimize the number of media articles that cannot be used for academic purposes. Remember, you can use Wikipedia for fact-checking, but you can’t cite it as a credible academic source. For proofreading, use the pro version of Grammarly or Ginger, or address a professional writing agency which offers proofreading services. Even the best paper can be spoiled by small mistakes and omissions.
Use only the most relevant and up-to-date sources, and don’t forget to cite all of them properly according to the recommended formatting style. Good luck!