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

Fall 2004

GOV 370L • Politics and the Economy - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37485 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 130

Course Description

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

This course examines the relationships between economics and politics. Political processes define the rules and boundaries of economic relationships. The impact politics has on economic life forces organized groups to engage in political actions that attempt to influence the political process for their economic advantage. There are some patterns that 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. I will discuss topics from several theoretical and practical areas of modern Political Economy, such as: social choice, electoral competition, interest group politics, and the theory of economic regulation. You are not required to formally weave any of these topics for your paper, but class discussion should help you with your project. The required term project will be on an economic interest group OR a governmental regulatory agency of your own choosing. The subjects and ideas that I cover in class are important for your understanding of politics and economics but do not have any direct relevance to your term project. You will be expected to take part in the required class discussion as is outlined in the grading section.

Grading Policy

Each student will be required to write a paper which presents a short case study of the way at least one economic or social organized interest group participates in politics at the national , state, or local levels. You can write about any economic interest group or government regulatory agency in today's politics or in the past. It is also acceptable to write about an economic interest group or regulatory agency of a foreign country. All papers must be typed. The number of pages written must total at least SIXTEEN typed, double-spaced pages. The paper must be developed in three phases called by the College

Weights to Determine Your Final Grade


Required Book: M. J. Hinich & M. Munger, Analytical Politics (Cambridge University Press) Reccommended Reference: Lowery & Brasher, Organized Interests & American Government (McGraw-Hill)


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