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Usually two current scholarly volumes.
Test 1 20% Test 2 20% Test 3 (final exam) 30% Paper/Presentation 25% Participation 5% TOTAL 100%
ELECTIONS AS EXERCISES IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
-Roots of representative democracy in the United States
-Constitutional foundations for elections (and campaigns)
The American Electoral Tradition
-Overview of 200+ years of elections
-The realignment v. dealignment debate
-1994: the "Republican Revolution"
-Did 2004 clean up the 2000 election mess?
MODERN CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
Nominating Candidates for Office
-Who is a candidate?
-What it takes to win in the primaries
Money Does Matter, But How Much?
-Campaign finance before and after "reform"
-What money buys in politics
The General Election Campaign
-Filling out the (presidential) ticket
-Conventions, debates, stumps, media events, etc.
-Why wouldn't we feel fatigue in early November?
Election Hangover: Voting Trends
-Why Americans (don't) vote
-The rise of voter independence and weak partisanship
ELECTION 2006 AND BEYOND
Analysis of 2006 and Speculation for 2008
What Campaigns and Elections Say about
-21st century democracy: signs of trouble
-Reform measures and their chances
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