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POLI 2309 The U.S. Congress (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Americans are habitually fierce critics of Congress even as they like (and usually reelect) their own representatives. In this course, we try to explain this paradox by investigating the ways in which the structure and organization of Congress allows members to cultivate personal popularity despite rampant disapproval of the institution in which they serve. Among other topics, the course addresses the nomination and election of congressional candidates, the roles of congressional parties and leaders, and the influence over the legislative process of the committee system, rules and procedures, lobbyists and interest groups, and other branches of government.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David A. Hopkins

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 22-Jan-15