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Academic Year 2005/2006
Congress and the Presidency
GOVT 218 SP
This course examines the interactions between two branches of our government and its impact on the politics of legislation to better understand relations between presidents and Congress in the formulation and
implementation of public policy.
Binder, Sarah. 2003. STALEMATE: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF LEGISLATIVE GRIDLOCK. Brookings Institute Press. 0815709110
Conley, Richard S. 2003. THE PRESIDENCY, CONGRESS, AND DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. Texas A&M Press.
Fisher, Louis. 1998. THE
POLITICS OF SHARED POWER. 4th edition. Texas A & M Press. 0890968217
Jones, Charles O. 2005. THE PRESIDENCY IN A SEPARATED SYSTEM. Brookings Institute Press. 0815747179
Thurber, James A. ed. 1996. RIVALS FOR POWER:
RELATIONS. CQ Press. 1568021526
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
There will be three or four short papers, one book review, and a longer research paper. There will also be several single problem homework assignments.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Students will be required to make use of the following research tools: government documents and journal sections of the library, government internet sites, as well as very basic quantitative methods.
is designed to provide the student
with the detailed knowledge of how both the Presidency and the Congress work. We will examine the dynamics that affect each as an institution, and the relationship between the two, as well as the effects of other
political actors (e.g. Supreme Court,
political parties, interest groups, media) in the American political system. We will also be exposed to the various theoretical approaches to the study of the Executive and Legislative processes.
As this is an
election year, we will spend time
analyzing the contemporary presidency of George W. Bush and the activities of the 109th Congress as well as the upcoming 2006 elections.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Donato,Gary R.
- Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SCIE58;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 25)
- SR. major: 5 Jr. major: 10
- SR. non-major: X Jr. non-major: 5 SO: 5 FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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