PPAFall2010 - Midterm oct 14 thursday Power and Politics in...

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Midterm oct 14 thursday Power and Politics in America Professor Anna Harvey V53.0300 Department of Politics Fall 2010 19 W. 4 th St., 308 Silver 703 [email protected] T/Th 9:30-10:45 Office Hours: Th 11-12 This course is an introduction to American politics for both majors and non-majors. We will be asking two big questions throughout the course: Why does the U.S. have such a (relatively) small government? And why has citizen unhappiness with that government been increasing since the 1960s? As part of the process of answering those questions we will learn about some of the tools that political scientists use, including simple game theoretic models and techniques to analyze data. The course begins with the study of generic problems of public goods and failures of collective action in elections. We will next examine the consequences of federalism and separation of powers for these problems. We will then look in more detail at the institutions of Congress, the presidency, the executive bureaucracy, and the courts. There will be two exams, a midterm and a final. Both exams will be graded on a curve. Makeup exams will be available only in cases of emergencies. The midterm is scheduled
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course POLITICS 122 taught by Professor Harvey during the Spring '10 term at NYU.

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PPAFall2010 - Midterm oct 14 thursday Power and Politics in...

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