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

Spring 2004

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34970 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 106

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. This course will compare the U. S. political system with that of Great Britain, Sweden, Russia/Soviet Union, and Mexico in order to analyze how different models of democracy and different types of political regime operate in practice and how they change over time. Specifically, we will examine liberal democracy ( the case of the U. S.); social democracy (Sweden); the move from social to liberal democracy (Great Britain); Communist totalitarianism (Soviet Union); authoritarian rule (Mexico); and the democratization of the latter two countries. In this way the course will examine political decision-making in different institutional settings and analyze how these political differences affect the lives of common citizens.

Grading Policy

One 5-6 page essay paper about questions distributed by the instrctor One Midterm One Final Exam 2 Quizzes about the readings Strict Attendance Policy Rigorous enforcement of scholastic honesty norms


Benjamin Ginsberg & Martin Shefter "Politics by Other Means, 3rd ed." W.W. Norton, 2002 M. Donald Hancock et al., eds., "Politics in Europe: An Introduction to the Politics of the United Kingdom,...Sweden, Russia,...3rd ed." Chatham House, 2002 Daniel Levy & Kathleen Bruhn "Mexico: The Struggle for Democratic Development" University of California Press, 2001 Course packet with journal articles and book chapters


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