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POLI 4391 American National Institutions and Policymaking in Mature Welfare State (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar focuses on (1) how our peculiar political institutions have shaped the American welfare state, and (2) how the expansion and maturation of the welfare state has changed American politics. Topics include partisan polarization and the persistence of divided government; the centralization of power within Congress and its preoccupation with budget matters; the paradox of growing administrative power and vulnerability; the entrenchment of "adversarial legalism"; the incentives for presidents to go around rather than through Congress; mobilization and counter-mobilization by interest groups; and efforts by state governments to create national policies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): R. Shep Melnick

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Open to all graduate students-see Shirley Gee for admission paperwork; restricted to juniors and seniors with the permission of the instructor.


Last Updated: 23-Jan-17