FYS-115 Electoral Politics: Parties, Procedures, Strategies and Reform

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Course Description:
This course will focus on contemporary American political campaigns, election events, and personalities. In addition, considerable attention will be given to recent American political party history and issues, candidate nomination procedures, campaign financing, electoral practices, role of the media, and voting behavior. While the glitter of campaign politics will not go unobserved, we won’t be captives of it. If we are successful, our experience will provide us with information about approaches to electoral politics which will be useful not just in understanding our present situation, but also in considering change and reform of our electoral system.