POLSCI 326 - American State Government
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

State governments are alternatively ignored as irrelevant, squeezed fiscally by the federal government, or championed as policy laboratories and the providers of government tailored to fit local needs. The American union began as a compact of independent states under the Articles of Confederation, but has evolved to the point where the states often seem to be no more than administrative levels of government. No education in the American government is complete without a serious examination of its vertical construction. What is the relevance of state government to the American political system? How does federalism affect our economy, our domestic policy, our foreign affairs? And how do we voters control a government divided vertically? We will learn about important general principles including decentralization and efficiency, collective action problems, positive and negative externalities, the “race to the bottom,” and “voting with your feet.” These theoretical concepts will be embedded within a discussion of important policy realms, including education, welfare, and the environment.

POLSCI 326 - American State Government
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
17POLSCI 111 or Jr>
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780872893429
Politics in the American states : a comparative analysis, Author: editors, Virginia Gray, Russell L. Hanson., Publisher: CQ Press 9th ed. 2008
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