The modern Congress is often criticized for being too partisan, inefficient, and beholden to special interests. This seminar will examine the development of the modern Congress by focusing on the history of congressional reform. We will also evaluate proposals for reforming the modern Congress to remedy potential shortcomings in the lawmaking and ethics process.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-American)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
David Rohde, PARTIES AND LEADERS IN THE POSTREFORM HOUSE
Eric Schickler, DISJOINTED PLURALISM
Dennis Thompson, CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS
Sean Theriault, THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE
Sarah Binder, MINORITY RIGHTS, MAJORITY RULE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short papers related to weekly reading, presentations, research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A previous course in Congress (e.g. GOVT 215) is strongly recommended but nor required.
|Instructor(s): Dancey,Logan M Times: ....R.. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 9||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: X||FR: X|
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