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

Spring 2010

GOV 370L • President, Congress and Court

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38966 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

A Study of the political relationship of the President, Congress and Court in the American constitutional order. Has this relationship changed over the course of American history? Is American national politics prone to stalemate or deadlock between the branches regarding major issues of public policy? Do we have a new "imperial presidency?" Should the Court arbitrate disputes between the President and Congress over custody of their respective powers? Has Congress abdicated its constitutional responsibilities? We will examine questions like these in light of practical problems such as executive privilege and secrecy, the war on terror, budget politics and controversies regarding appointments to the Supreme Court.

Grading Policy

Two in class essay tests, for which study questions will be distributed in advance. The exam questions will be chosen from the list of study questions. (30% each) Two short take home essays (10% each). Class participation and attendance (10%).


Tentative Texts: The Federalist Fisher, Congressional Abdication on War and Spending Rudalevige, The New Imperial Presidency Bessette and Tulis, The Constitutional Presidency Skowronek, Presidency in Political Time Heclo, On Institutional Thinking A course packet of articles and essays


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