The American federal system is often overlooked in discussions about politics in the United States; however, state governments unquestionably touch the lives of Americans everyday. As such, an education in American politics is not complete without serious examination of state governments and their political institutions. This course illuminates the importance of the Ameican states in US politics and policymaking by critically examining topics such as : intergovernmental relations, the historical evolution of American federalism, the organization and processes associated with state legislative, executive, and judicial branches, state elections, political parties, interest groups and specific state policy areas such as - budgeting, welfare, education, and the environment. Prerequisites: Political Science L32 101B.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU BA; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC