POLSCI 326 - American State Government
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111 or upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
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.” We will use these theoretical concepts to analyze important policy realms, including education, welfare, and the environment.

An important part of the course is individual student research projects. Students will choose a state and a public policy to evaluate. In the final project, students will write a policy brief, making a recommendation to that state's governor about any policy changes the student judges to be advisable.

All students are required to complete all assignments, whether or not they seek ULWR credit.

POLSCI 326 - American State Government
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001 (REC)
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38123
Open
4
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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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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