What motivates the individual
How individuals behave in these settings
A lot about the individuals is the theme
Major Wire Characters
Readings in Brief
Donald Trump, The Green Lantern Candidate: Nyahn
Trump is winning because of his strong rhetoric that he can magically restore
everything because he is strong and more cunning. He is telling the people what they
want to hear and we have
December 14th, 2016
Cite the author if you can, the name of the reading, false, as the reading showed etc
Q will suggest if it is referring to something specific
Having a large sample size is a good way to guarantee your statistical results
Arnold and Carnes: Holding Mayors Accountable - New Yorks Executives from Koch to Bloomberg
What extent do citizens hold mayors accountable for what happens on their watches?
Limited research on urban elections but they suggest that election outcomes ar
Midterm Review Sheet
This list is meant to assitst you in studying for the midterm exam. It is the pool of
concepts, terms, policies, and other items from the Section I identifications will be drawn.
You will be responsible for understanding what they are
Cloture: senate can vote to end the filibuster.
Filibuster pivot: Krehbiel, the 60th vote (need 60 votes in senate
for cloture) need 60 out of 100 to support the alternative instead
of the status quo.
Veto pivot: the 66th vote (need 66 votes in senate to
Presidents Key Powers/Roles, cont.
o Presidential directive to an executive agency establishing new
policy or indicating how an existing policy should be carried
o Have force of law until changed by future presiden
Introduction to Public Policy
Structure of American Political System
o Separation of powers between three branches
Branches: legislature, executive, judiciary
Specific, but overlapping authority over public policy problems
Process of News Creation
The beat system
o What is it?
o What are the implications?
Selecting the news
o Medias agenda setting power
News coverage correlated with institutional attention to
o Can bri
PO 141 4.12.16
Mettler 2011: The Submerged State
o Asked people if they have ever used a government program
o Later, asked if they have used specific programs
94% of people who initially say they have not used a government
Introduction to Public Policy 3.29.16
Choice of measurement political, controversial
o Years of school completed (rather than student knowledge)
o 85% of U.S. population now graduating from high school 28
PO 141 4.26.16
The final is during the scheduled exam period
same format as the midterms
focused mostly on material from after the 2nd midterm
go back over material from the whole semester (inequality)
in class r
Intro to Public Policy PO 141
Inequality for All Review
Reich views Inequality as an intentional problem
o The top 1% are making themselves richer at the expense of the middle
class (The 99%)
o Income inequality is an unintended consequence of
Intro to Public Policy (PO 141)
Path Dependence: Examples and Images
QWERTY keyboard (David)
Polya Urn game (Arthur)
Exfoliating Tree (Levi)
Pierson: path dependent process characterized by increasing returns
Types of public preferences, origins
Can public opinion be manipulated?
Influence on policy outcomes
Types of Preferences
o Thoughts/feelings about people, groups, social issues, or
PO 141 4.28.16
Delli, Carpini, and Keeter (1996)
Studied 50 years of surveys, more than 2000 factual knowledge
questions about politics
Bottom Line: people are not very informed about politics
o 35% could name both Senators (1985)
o 39% could
Whether (or to what extent) public opinions have an impact on
Page and Shapiro
Stimson, Mackuen and Erikson two mechanisms for
Gilens representational inequality
Whether the p
Moore Chapter 8: Revolution from Above and Fascism
Revolution from above:
Government and/or upper class preserve original social structure and political
system while changing the economics
How the upper class does this:
Serfdom was abolished in 1823 but Prussia never really encouraged peasants to
leave the land. This created a de facto institution of feudalism. Because Germanys
land was prime for growing grains, there was a strong need for peasants to be
tending to the g
McCulloch v. Maryland
17 U.S. (4 Wheat.) 316
Congress has power to incorporate a bank
The Act of the 10th of April, 1816, ch. 44, to "incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the
United States" is a law made in pursuance of the Constitution.
Discussion Handout #1
1 Five Principles:
All political behavior has a purpose.
Political behavior is instrumental
Done with forethought and deliberation
Political actors work in their own rational self-interest.
CH1: Five Principles of Politics
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Constitution outlines a federal government with 3 branches:
The legislative branch (Congress)
Directly voted by people
Creating laws, levy taxes, declare war & pr
The Federal Courts III: Judicial Decision Making
The SCs Decision-Making Process
briefs | amicus curiae briefs
opinions and dissents
The SCs Procedure
- Rule of Four (minori
Constructing a Government:
The Founding and Constitution
The First Founding: Interests and Conflicts.
Loyalties vs. Revolutionaries.
Large States vs. Small States.
North vs. South.
Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists.
The Rationality Principle: All political behavior has a purpose.
Political behavior is instrumental:
Done with forethought and deliberation.
Political actors work in their own rational self-interest:
the Separation of Power
A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has
taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.
James Madison, Federalist 51
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Civil liberties are protections of citizens from improper governmental action
what government must not do.
Civil rights are the legal or moral claims that citizens are entitled to make on the
PROFESSOR MAXWELL PALMER
MENGYUAN DESITA ZHAI
Making Sense of Government and Politics
Empirical Questions: What do we observe?
Analytical Questions: Why do we observe what we do?
Normative Questions: How shou
Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
The city of Baltimore had been disposing of sand and gravel near a wharf owned
by John Barron, rendering the wharf commercially useless.
Barron sued the city of Baltimore on the 5th Amendment grounds that he had been
Introduction to American Politics
Professor Maxwell Palmer
Updated on December 9, 2015 at 8:54am
Table of Contents
2. Principles of Politics
3. The Founding
4. The Constitution I
5. The Constitution II