This course introduces students to a scholarship and a method of analysis that melds the historical with the institutional, applied to understanding the evolving state/society relationship in American political life. We will examine the ways in which developing state institutions constrain and enable policy makers; the ways in which ideas and policy-relevant expertise have impacted 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 to consider competing arguments and hypotheses concerning the development of the American state and its changing role in the economy and society.
Interpretation, Logical Reasoning
Students will be invited to interrogate the patterns of historical and institutional development in American politics, and to problematize their normative implications
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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 (Cambridge, 2004).
Bruce Ackerman, We the People: Foundations (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1991).
Bruce Ackerman, We the People: Transformations (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1998).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One mid-term exam, one literature review, one individual presentation, and one final paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. They should also fill out a waitlist form from here: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/home/elim/web/Waitlist.htm.
|Instructor(s): Lim,Elvin Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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