WHAT IS Policy?
TYPE OF DEBATE: two on two debate
TOPICS: Policy debate focuses on a government policy question
WHEN ARE TOPICS ISSUED: topics for Policy stay the same for an entire academic year
Policy debate is a two-on-two debate where an affirmative team proposes a plan and the negative team argues why that plan should not be adopted. The topic for policy debate changes annually, so debaters throughout the course of the year will debate the same topic.
Traits of Successful Policy Debater
• Critical of what s/he is told
• Team player
• Scans as s/he reads
• Determined to find the best research
• Longer attention span
• Single minded
Policy debate is a very research-intensive activity. Unlike traditional writing where the author may briefly quote or even paraphrase evidence, Policy Debate relies on the use of cards, or pieces of evidence directly quoted word-forword from the source.