PLS334 - Political Science 334 Campaigns and Elections Paul R Abramson Fall 2006 My office hours will be from 3:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m on Tuesdays or

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Political Science 334 Campaigns and Elections Paul R. Abramson Fall 2006 My office hours will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, or by appointment. My office is in 308 S. Kedzie Hall, telephone (517) 353-3285 and my e-mail address is [email protected] The official Description of Courses describes PLS 334 as follows: “The nominating process. Recruitment of candidates and the formation of electoral coalitions. Analysis of election results. Trends in electoral support for officeholders and parties.” Our instructional objective during the Fall of 2006 will be to study all these topics, largely by analyzing the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 presidential election campaigns. These elections will be studied in a broad historical context to examine change during the postwar years. We also study recent congressional elections, including the 2006 midterm contests. In addition, we will briefly study elections in Britain, France, Germany, and Israel. Examination dates are as follows: Thursday, September 28. First optional examination (regular class time) Thursday, November 2. Second optional examination (regular class time) Thursday, November 30. Third opinion examination (regular class time) Wednesday, December 13. Final examination (12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.) (The final will be held in the regular classroom; unless you have a medical excuse or a family emergency this is the only time the final will be offered. Students must purchase the following coursepack. Bring your coursepack to all the classes. “Coursepack for Political Science 334.” The coursepack is available at Ned’s Book Store, 135 East Grand River. Students should purchase the following two books: Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich, and David W. Rohde, Change and Continuity in the 2004 Elections (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2006). CQ Press, Presidential Elections, 1789-2004 (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2005). Readings for the course and the topics to be discussed will be as follows:
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Part I Studying Elections August 29 Introduction to the Course August 31; September 5 The Concept of Partisan Realignment (Bring Change and Continuity in the 2004 Elections to class; Bring Presidential Elections, 1789-2004 to class.) Read: Abramson, Aldrich, and Rohde, Change and Continuity in the 2004 Elections , Introduction to Part 1. Examine: Presidential Elections, 1789-2004 , pp. 193-248 Topics to be discussed: Realignment definitions of characteristics of Dealignment September 7, 12 Studying Elections through Survey Research (Bring Change and Continuity in the 2004 Elections to class; bring a hand calculator to class. The hand calculator must have at least one memory and must be able to compute up to ten to the 99 th power.) Examine: “Allowance for Sampling Error of a Percentage,” “Estimated Sampling Error in Differences Between Two Percentages,” “Formula for computing a chi-square with one degree of freedom,” “Probability of a given chi-square occurring by chance.” (pp. 2-4 of coursepack.)
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PLS334 - Political Science 334 Campaigns and Elections Paul R Abramson Fall 2006 My office hours will be from 3:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m on Tuesdays or

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