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

Spring 2008

GOV 385L • Topics in Political Methodology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39550 T
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BAT 1.104
Hinich, M

Course Description

This course presents several methodologies for studying political system and political institutions. Political institutions define the rules and boundaries of economic relationships. As a result economic agents attempt to influence the political process to seek advantage. There are some patterns which hold for all societies, democratic or not, economically developed or not, but the variation across societies is large. The course will focus primarily on the relationship between politics and market behavior in democracies. The topics which will be covered include: 1 Empirical Public Choice 2 Introduction to the Spatial Theory of Electoral Competition The spatial theory of electoral competition encompasses a Political Parties b Political Competition in Democracies c Differing systems of electoral competition 5. Interest Group Politics 6. Political Regulation of Economic Activity 7. Bureaucratic Decision Making Homework problems will be assigned to help the students understand the ideas presented in the books and in my lectures and discussion. COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Grading Policy

Grade requirement: Each student must turn in a short paper showing how at least one of the models presented in the course applies to the analysis of politics.


Hinich and Munger, Analytical Politics (Cambridge University Press) Hinich and Munger, Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice (University of Michigan Press). Both are paperbacks.


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