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POLI 4392 Seminar: Democracy in America (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar combines a careful reading of Alexis de Tocqueville's classic work Democracy in America with an investigation of contemporary American politics using Tocqueville as our guide. Topics will include political culture and American individualism; political participation, decentralization, and self-interest; tyranny of the majority and its cures; the special role of lawyers and courts in the US; the danger and causes of administrative centralization; the effects of mores on law and law on mores; and the omnipresent problem of race.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): R. Shep Melnick

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: By instructor permission only. Graduate students should contact Shirley Gee for permission.


Last Updated: 23-Feb-14