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|Title: ||POLS 241-01, American Parties and Interest Groups, Spring 2008|
|Authors: ||Carne, Margaret|
|Keywords: ||Political Science|
|Date Issued: ||3-Apr-2008|
|Series/Report no.: ||Syllabi CRN|
|Abstract: ||In this course, we will explore the following questions:
· What is a political party? What is an interest group? How are they
· Why did political parties and interest groups develop?
· What do political parties and interest groups do for voters, for candidates
and officeholders, and for democratic government?
· How do parties and interest groups compete with and complement each
· How has the role and importance of both political parties and interest
groups in American politics changed over time?
We will examine these questions both theoretically and empirically using a range
of materials and media. As we explore these questions, we will do so with an eye
to a prominent debate in political science over the relative strength of the parties
and the related normative question of whether “strong” parties are a good thing
for our democracy.|
|Description: ||This syllabus was submitted to the Rhodes College Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor|
|Appears in Collections:||Political Science Department. Syllabi|
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