Classes

Gov 1328 - Electoral Politics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Elections are the foundation of American democracy. This course focuses on the simple questions: Who wins elections and why? Answers to these questions guide the interpretation of elections and evaluation of how well government represents the public preferences. The first half of the course presents the basic explanations and models of elections and voting behavior, and asks students to make their best forecast of the election. The second half of the course will examine why the models worked or didn't work.

Gov 1300 - The Politics of Congress

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

A broad survey of the legislative branch of the American government. Topics include committee power, party leadership, rules and procedures, legislative elections, and inter-branch relations.

Gov 2474 - Approaches to the Study of the U.S. Congress: Models and Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

In this seminar we survey and critically evaluate various models of Congressional politics. Special emphasis is given quantitative and modeling approaches to legislative organization, legislative process, congressional elections, legislative parties, House-Senate comparisons, and inter-branch politics. Students are expected to participate actively each week, complete several small writing assignments, and produce a research paper.

James Snyder, Kenneth Shepsle

Government 1328 - Electoral Politics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Catalog Number: 72937 Half course (spring term). M., W., at 1. Elections are the foundation of American democracy. This course focuses on the simple questions: Who wins elections and why? Answers to these questions guide the interpretation of elections and evaluation of how well government represents the public preferences. The first half of the course presents the basic explanations and models of elections and voting behavior, and asks students to make their best forecast of the election. The second half of the course will examine why the models worked or didn’t work.

Government 2474 - Approaches to the Study of the US Congress: Models and Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Catalog Number: 66433
Half course (fall term) M., 4–6
In this seminar we survey and critically evaluate various models of Congressional politics. Special emphasis is given quantitative and modeling approaches to legislative organization, legislative process, congressional elections, legislative parties, House-Senate comparisons, and inter-branch politics. Students are expected to participate actively each week, complete several small writing assignments, and produce a research paper.