- Spring 2011-2012
Seminar in American Politics - American Political Development
The study of American political development provides a vehicle for exploring how American democracy has come to assume its present form. It emphasizes the intersection between institutional incentives, institutional and "state" development, and political agency. This course will examine what we mean by a "state," and how institutional "development" provides a set of analytically distinctive problems for political actors. This class will seek to identify historical patterns, engage literature that seeks to explain political outcomes over time, and address questions about methodology and evidence.
Sample reading list:
Forging Bureaucratic Autonomy
Making Race and Nation
Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency
Politics in Time
Open to Graduate Students Only.
Class number: 42445