Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
With national political campaigns heating up, it's a good time to ask, Why do we have political representation? Is it inferior to direct democracy? Is a representative supposed to stand and act for the people who elected him or her, for the party platform, for the entire constituency, or for his or her own conscience about what is right? We will read theoretical and empirical works on America and other countries and study social movements and political parties as key mediating institutions. We will ask how representation connects the individual to governing and to sovereignty, citizenship, identity, and community. And, how do new forms of democratic representation contribute to regime change?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Pitkin, CONCEPT OF REPRESENTATION
Mill, CONSIDERATIONS ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
Aldrich, WHY PARTIES? A SECOND LOOK
Swain, BLACK FACES, BLACK INTERESTS
Manin, PRINCIPLES OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
Green, EYES OF THE PEOPLE
Bartels, UNEQUAL DEMOCRACY
Articles on decision-making in people's movements, and role of social media in activism and regime change.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two essays, class presentation and paper, and final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a political theory course. Some background in any of the concentrations of Government -- theory, comparative, American, and international politics -- is useful. Alternatively, related background in History, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, CSS and COL, is helpful.