PSCI 0208

Politics of US Congress

The Politics of the U.S. Congress
Introduces students to the analysis of Congress and congressional policy-making. Considers how congressional elections, institutions, and policy hang together roughly in equilibrium. Focuses on the internal organization of Congress-committees, parties, House and Senate leadership, rules and norms, and congressional staff. Analyzes the power of Congress relative to the president, the bureaucracy, and the courts, specifically in the policy process. Investigates how unified and divided party control of the government affects legislation in the House and Senate. Finally, applies congressional theories to determine the fates of specific policy proposals in Congress. (PSCI 0102 or PSCI 0104 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (American Politics)/
Political Science
Political Science
Social Sciences
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Spring 2020

PSCI0208A-S20 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2017

PSCI0208A-F17 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2014

PSCI0208A-F14 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2010

PSCI0208A-F10 Lecture (Dickinson)

Spring 2008

PSCI0208A-S08 Lecture (Dickinson)

Spring 2004

PSCI0208A-S04 Lecture (Dickinson)