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LAWS 9974 Law of Democracy (Fall: 2 )

Course Description

The United States Constitution governs the political process even as its contours are themselves shaped by the political process. This enduring, and always evolving, relationship between the constitutional text and political practice stands at base of the American project of democracy—and it is the font from which spring the values and principles that underpin the American political process. This course will examine the foundations of democracy in the United States by identifying, probing and evaluating those values and principles through the lens of historical and contemporary constitutional politics. Topics will include presidential succession, vice presidential selection, senate confirmation, the rise of political parties, the regulation and administration of primary and general elections, judicial review of electoral processes, gubernatorial appointments to federal office, impeachment and constitutional change


Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17