Political representation deals with the correspondence between citizen preferences and public policies. This course examines the critical role elections play in linking the two. Topics to be covered include the influence of interest groups, the media, and political parties on elections and policymaking. We will also explore how variation in the electoral rules, such as the rules governing campaign finance and methods of conducting party primaries, influence electoral politics. Finally, we will examine how separation of powers potentially attenuates the electoral connection between voters and electied officials.
Note: This course counts towards the undergraduate American Politics subfield.
Course Attributes: AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC; EN S