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Political Science 16:43 Day 1 – 1/13/09 Midterm will be on chapter 1, 2, 3, 6 and 10 on 2/12 Course Description Why government is the way it is o Rational actors o Collective action Focus on important issues of the day Ultimately understand institutions and actors, think analytically about politics. Yi = 51.42+0.60(Q2GDP)+11(Approvaljune)-4.27(TERM) Alan Abramowitz’s time for change model to forecast presidential vote. 3 factors —economy growth during April, May and June, approval of the incumbent president as of June, and the re-election (if it’s the first re-election, it’s good, but if it’s the second, then it’s going to hurt them). This is basically trying to predict the votes going towards to the incumbent party by the undecided voters. Prediction in June for 2008 was McCain 45.7%, Obama 54.3% Actual outcome: McCain 45.6% and Obama 52.8%, his equation didn’t include the 3 rd party candidates. Logic.cqpress.com Graded Assignments: 3 exams based on readings and lecture, multiple choice and very short answer. Review sessions, you bring questions (NOT review sheets). Exams are non- cumulative, and make-up exams only in extenuating circumstances at the end of the final exam, all essay. Quizzes in recitations, and a research paper (five pages).
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Distribution of Grades: 15% for exam 1 20% for exam 2 20% for recitation grade 20% for research paper 25% for final exam The Course Section by Section Logic of American Politics – “Collective Action” The constitution and its motivations State rights versus federal supremacy What difference do rules make? Congressional organization Representation: What does a “Representative” do? Midterm (February 12) Presidents, power and policy Bureaucracy as an agent Composing courts as policy makers What’s the point of parties? Polarization Exam 2 (March 19) Do elections and voting matter? What factors influence political participation? Interest groups: their difficulties and role in a democracy (research paper due April 14) Ins and Outs of Campaign finance Should lawmakers listen to public? Media: informer or agenda-setter? Institutional reform: can we fix what’s broke? FINAL EXAM May 2 at 4:30PM
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Logic in American Politics? 2/18/09 3:05 PM Rational actors as a starting point, collective action problems, costs of collective action, designing institutions for collective action, practical application.
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Logic in American Politics? 2/18/09 3:05 PM Rational actors as a starting point What are rational actors? Leads to conflict… …and the need for bargaining… …and thus government. Starting Point: Rational Actors (making 1 key assumption: people are rational) Political action is purposive (goal-oriented, rational) and the individuals know what they want. If you ask people a question like whether or not they want troops in Iraq, we’re assuming they know the answer.
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