Inherent in the concept of citizenship is the exchange wherein citizens give allegiance to a nation and receive protection offered by that nation. Citizens therefore have certain privileges in the eyes of the nation, such as the right to vote, to pay taxes, and to refuse certain actions, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance because it refers to God. There are benefits and entitlements that the citizen can demand from the government. These rights are balanced by responsibilities, such as upholding the law, participating in government, and engaging in the same privileges previously mentioned.

In this unit, issues of the middle class, the welfare state, and what constitutes citizenship will be examined based on the concept of citizen rights.


Orwell, G. (1945). Animal Farm. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace & Company.


Identify common public values in the constructs of the welfare state and the middle class and assess the universality of these public values across local, regional, and global boundaries.

  1. Analyze and explain your views on whether a welfare state is appropriate and whether it can add public values in a diverse society.
  2. Examine the role of trust in public values and public perception of the welfare state.
  3. Evaluate the role of the middle class in creating public value in society.
  4. Examine the role of trust in public values and public perception of the middle class.
  5. Demonstrate effective academic writing.

In the Kivisto and Faist text, Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects, read Chapter 3, “Erosion,” pages 49–74.


Locate at least three peer-reviewed articles on the middle class. The articles should have a major focus on comparing and contrasting the middle class of the United States with that of other countries. You will use these resources in The Middle Class discussion later in this unit.  PLEASE UPLOAD ARTICLES

  • Using peer-reviewed sources, find definitions for the terms citizen rights, welfare state, and exclusionism. You will need your findings for The Welfare State discussion later in this unit.


In this preliminary paper, you will identify a global issue or problem that has global, multicultural, and diversity ramifications, and can be addressed through public administration. This issue should require analysis of cultural values and their impact on decision making and communications, as well as public engagement and participation.

Your choice should be driven by the various sources of information that you have engaged with thus far in the course. You should cite sources of information you located through the Global Issue Resources multimedia piece (AGOA, U.S. State Department, GAO, and United Nations) and from course readings and other multimedia presentations. In addition, you may supplement this material with peer-reviewed sources online or in print.

You will explain the issue and detail the rationale for your selection based on the literature you have examined thus far. This section will include analysis of key elements of the issue and how it is impacted by dynamics of public engagement and participation. This is considered Phase 1 in the development of your course project.

Your assignment should follow this organizational arrangement and structure:

  1. Introduction.
  2. Background.
  3. Rationale for your selection, based on and drawn from the literature.
  4. References.

The paper should also meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Reference citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of five resources found through Global Issue Resources and other sources as appropriate.
  • Length of paper: 2–3 typed, double-spaced pages, plus a list of references.
  • Font and font size: Times, 12 point.


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