In recent years, scholars from a number of social science disciplines have examined the evolution of political institutions and public policies in the United States. The chief concerns have been the ways in which state institutions constrain and enable policy makers; the ways in which ideas and policy-relevant expertise have impacted on the development of new policies; the ways in which societal interests have been organized and integrated into the policy process; and the forces that have shaped the evolution of institutions and policies over time. This seminar will provide an opportunity to survey the literature drawn from several theoretical perspectives in the field and consider competing arguments and hypotheses concerning the development of the American state and its changing role in the economy and society. Although there is no prerequisite for this seminar, prior exposure to policy analysis and quantitative methods will prove beneficial.
One mid-term exam and one final exam. One research paper.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-American)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Karen Orren & Stephen Skowronek, THE SEARCH FOR AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT (2004).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Presentations, a substantial research paper on a specific policy or sharply defined policy problem, and a final take-home examination.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Although there are no prerequisites for this course, students should have some previous course work in the social sciences.
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|Instructor(s): Lim,Elvin Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC125; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
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