John D Wilkerson
POL S 571
Answers the question, "Do institutions matter?" Surveys American national institutions from theoretical perspectives, focusing on how they affect the manner in which decisions are made. Employs cross-institutional perspective of American institutions.
Description. In this course, we will survey a selection of contemporary political science works on Congress, the Presidency, the Courts and the Bureaucracy. The overall plan will be to compare several methodological approaches to studying each of these institutions. In some instances, we will also be able to compare applications of a particular method across a range of institutions. The end result should be a better appreciation of how these institutions work, and of the scope of contemporary research perspectives in American Politics research.
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Class assignments and grading
Grades. Students' grades will be based on occasional short papers designed to elicit discussion and a 15-20 page research paper.