Mark A. Smith
POL S 573
Specialized research topics with a policy process or related theoretical content.
This seminar will cover the role of interest groups in American politics, drawing upon both theoretical and empirical treatments. We will consider collective action and problems of group formation and survival; the strategies groups use in attempting to influence policymakers; the effectiveness of those strategies; and broader theoretical concerns about the place of interest groups.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts - Olson, The Logic of Collective Action; and a course packet.
Class assignments and grading
Students will complete a research proposal addressing a question related to interest groups.
Grading. Papers: 60% Class/quiz participation: 40% TOTAL: 100%