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Title: POLS 241-01, American Parties and Interest Groups, Spring 2008
Authors: Carne, Margaret
Keywords: Political Science, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2008 Spring
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2008
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
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 organized? � 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 other? � 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, Department of 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
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