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POLI 102G SPECIAL TOPICS: THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS
Winter Quarter AY2006-2007
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093-0521
Classroom: WLH 2005
Time: 6:30PM - 7:50PM Tuesday and Thursday
Keith T. Poole
Office: 368 Social Science Building
WebSite: Voteview Home Page
Office Hours: 2:00 - 4:00PM Wednesdays
Lexi Shankster, firstname.lastname@example.org, Room SSB 351, Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM
The following texts will be
used in this course:
- McCarty, Nolan, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal (2006). Polarized America: The Dance of
Ideology and Unequal Riches
- Jacobson, Gary C. (2006). A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People
- Fiorina, Morris P. (2006). Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America
Grades will be determined by two examinations -- one midsemester exam
and a final exam. The exams will consist of essay and short answer questions.
The Midterm Exam is scheduled for Thursday, 15 February 2007 from 6:30 - 7:30PM.
The Final Exam is scheduled for Tuesday, 20 March 2007 from 7:00 - 10:00PM.
How do we Measure the Political Polarization?
Introduction: Why Political Polarization Matters
Income Inequality and Political Polarization
Post 1960s Political Polarization
George W. Bush and the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections
The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization
The Future of American Politics
- Chapter 8, A Divider, Not a Uniter
- Chapter 6, Polarized America
- Chapter 9, A Divider, Not a Uniter
- Chapter 10, Culture War?
- Chapter 7, Polarized America
Lecture 15 March 2007