GOV 381L • Political Parties
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Consent of the Graduate Adviser must be obtained. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Our focus is on parties as electoral connections, organizations, and governing entities. Some appreciable portion of the class contains non-American material which analyzes the factors that influence party systems (allowing us to sample the variance in institutional forms and processes). However, the focus is on the American example, particularly in the latter stages of the course. The class is run in a pro-seminar format; discussion and critical analysis is expected. The main requirement is a research paper on a topic of your choosing (within reason).
Campbell, The American Voter. Berdson, Voting. Hart, Communication in U.S. Elections. Campbell, The American Campaign. Popkin, The Reasoning Voter. Bartels, Presidential Primaries. Fiorina, Retrospective Voting in National Elections. Fiorina, Culture War.