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

Fall 2004

GOV 357M • Law of Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37355 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
NOA 1.124

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Upper-division standing required.

This is a course designed for government majors who are interested in law, public administration and politics. Normally, we look at the output of legislative and judicial process, or the democratic process, as a set of laws governing things like education or taxation. In this course, we look at laws that may structure this output. These statutory and constitutional rules create a framework in which the democractic process takes place. This course covers the legal foundations of many current hot political issues that affect how our democratic structures operate. Some of the topics include campaign finance, Voting Rights Act, direct democracy, reapportionment, redistricting, and legal control of political party activities.

Grading Policy

Four Exams No Papers Studens are expected to keep up with the daily reading assignments and come to class prepared to discuss the reading assignments.


Samuel Issacharoff, Columbia University; Pamela S. Karlan, Stanford University; Richard H. Pildes, New York University. The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process. (There is an updated supplement to the text).


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