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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 325 • Political Parties

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38730 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
MEZ 1.306
Shaw

Course Description

Character of the American party system, organization, and leadership; pressure politics; the nominating process, campaigns, suffrage, elections, and the expression of public opinion

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and consequences associated with American political parties. Initially, we focus on parties from a broad theoretical perspective, and draw on data and information from a variety of countries over a number of years. At about week five, the focus shifts to the United States, and we cover topics such as campaign finance, political machines, realignment, voting and public opinion, parties in government, and polarization. The class will consist of lectures, although participation is expected.

Grading Policy

Two midterm examinations Two take-home essays

Texts

Hershey, M., Party Politics in America, Longman (12th ed.) Ware, A. Political Parties and Party Systems, Oxford University Press.

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