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Mark A. Smith
POL S 573
Seattle Campus

Topics in Public Policy

Specialized research topics with a policy process or related theoretical content.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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%


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.
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 06/05/2000