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PPLE 353 Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)

This course explores the uneasy position of political parties in a constitutional system designed in part to thwart majority action and asks, to what extent do American political parties and elections enhance or obstruct democratic control of government? Topics include: The Founders' views of political faction and the development of a party system; the historical exclusion of women and African-Americans from party politics; and the role of parties today in shaping and governing political conflict. Finally, the course analyzes a variety of reform proposals from alternative "citizen" organizations to calls for proportional representation.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: PPLE 210
  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Michaux

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