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ADPO 1320 Election Decisions: The American Politician (Fall: 4 )


Course Description

The November 2008 elections pose critical choices as the essentials of a democratic society; liberty, equality, justice and openness are increasingly endangered. Course explores the new global reality, fighting terrorism while maintaining civil liberties at home, the impact of the war, and the evolving national and international policies. Political biographies and theories of ambition consider the individual politician: what impact an individual can have on public policy; what motives inspire individuals to seek public life, what motives inspire followers to follow. Probes Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, George Bush, the Kennedys, John Kerry, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Ralph Nader as well as voter turnout, media bias and technology as electoral variables.


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Last Updated: 01-Apr-16