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John D Wilkerson
POL S 571
Seattle Campus

American National Institutions

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.

Class description

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 12/04/2001