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

Spring 2006

GOV 370L • Leaders and Followers in American Politics - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38010 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
RLM 6.112
BUCHANAN

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. This is a writing component course whose varying topics are broadly focused on the relationship between elected officials and citizen-voters. The topic in 2004 is a comparison of the Bush and Clinton presidencies. The purpose of the course is to sharpen your thinking, speaking and writing skills. The method is to put everyone to work on the development of an ongoing book project on the presidency. For this reason, previous coursework on the presidency, such as GOV 330K or GOV 312L (The Citizen's Presidency), is strongly recommended. The main questions we will pursue this semester involve the Bush and Clinton administrations. What, for example, were the leadership styles, political strategies, and core policy commitments of the two men? How responsive were they to the will of the people? The needs of the nation? How effectively did each use presidential power to implement his agenda? How do the policy and political strategies of these two differ from the strategies of other recent presidents?

Grading Policy

Regular attendance (three absences = lower course grade) Daily reading of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal Timely completion of news and text reading assignments Regular participation in discussions Writing project class presentations One midterm examination 20 page policy project term paper

Texts

Carnes Lord 2003. The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now. Yale University Press. Bruce Buchanan. Forthcoming. The Policy Partnership: Presidential Elections and American Democracy. Routledge. (Available from Speedway, Dobie Mall).

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