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December 12, 2022

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This course provides an overview of electoral politics in the United States, covering presidential, congressional, state, and local elections

It covers the development of American elections over time, electoral rules and institutions, the macro-structural forces shaping electoral outcomes, the key organizations involved in elections (parties, etc.), candidates’ calculations and campaign strategies, and the role of ordinary citizens in the electoral process, as well as potential reforms to the U.S. electoral system.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • The Logic of Electoral Democracy Unlimited
  • American Electoral Institutions Unlimited
  • Development of the American Electorate Unlimited
  • Development of the American Elections Unlimited
  • Political Parties Unlimited
  • Candidates Unlimited
  • Nominations Unlimited
  • Fundamental Factors in General Elections Unlimited
  • Forecasting Elections Unlimited
  • Campaign Finance and Interest Groups Unlimited
  • Media and Information Unlimited
  • Presidential Campaigns Unlimited
  • Congressional Campaigns Unlimited
  • Voter Participation Unlimited
  • Voter Choice Unlimited
  • Evaluating American Democracy Unlimited
  • Reforms I – Voter Fraud and Voter ID Unlimited
  • Reforms II – Gerrymandering Unlimited
  • Reforms III – Electoral Systems Unlimited

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