POLI 2350 Tip O'Neill and the Evolution of American Politics (Spring: 3 )
This course examines how American politics has changed over the past 75 years by focusing on the career of Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. O'Neill entered politics in an era of strong local parties, became Speaker while the "Watergate babies" were reforming Congress, and left office at the beginning of an era of intense partisan polarization. The course examines these three periods of American politics, asking how they shaped—and were shaped by—Speaker O'Neill's long political career. Class lectures and discussions will be supplemented by talks by prominent congressional scholars.
Instructor(s): R. Shep Melnick
Last Updated: 04-Mar-14