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

Summer 2005

GOV F325 • Political Parties

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85455 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
FAC 21

Course Description

This course focuses on the role political parties play in representative democracies. We will study the variables that distinguish party systems in different countries, the historical development of parties, and the nature of parties in contemporary democratic societies. We will also explore how parties mobilize mass populations for political purposes, as well as the character of party elites, activists and supporters.

Grading Policy

Two Take-Home Exams - 25% Each Two Midterm Exams - 20% Each Attendance and Participation - 10%


Marjorie Randon Hershey. Party Politics in America (10th ed.), New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2000. Alan Ware. Political Parties and Party Systems, New York: Oxford Press, 1997.


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