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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-710
Seminar in American Politics (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Analysis of the operation of the presidency and the legislative branch and the impact of interest groups and parties on public policy. Topics vary, but the course concentrates on the design of research and critical examination of works in the field. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: admission to Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.

GOVT-710
001
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Seminar in American Politics (3)

Political Parties and Interest Groups

This seminar exposes students to the literature on political parties and interest groups in the American context. Topics covered include the origin and transformation of political parties; third parties; party realignment; parties in the legislature; party activists; parties and representation; the role of interest groups and money; lobbying; and partisan polarization. Students participate in weekly discussions, write several response papers, and write a research prospectus on a topic of their choosing.