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Winter Quarter AY2007-2008
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093-0521

Classroom: CENTR 109
Time: 6:30PM - 7:50PM Tuesday and Thursday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: 368 Social Science Building
E-Mail: kpoole@ucsd.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: 2:00 - 4:00PM Wednesdays


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The following texts will be used in this course:


Grades will be determined by two examinations -- one mid-Quarter exam and a final exam. The exams will consist of essay and short answer questions.

The Midterm Exam is scheduled for Thursday, 14 February 2008, 6:30 - 7:30PM.

The Final Exam is scheduled for Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 7:00 - 9:00PM.

Course Outline
  1. The Mischief of Faction: The Views of the Founders


  2. The Early Development of Modern Political Parties


  3. Party Realignment Theory


  4. Study Questions for Midterm

  5. The First Political Party System: 1829 - 1852


  6. The Second Political Party System: 1856 - 1896


  7. The Third Political Party System: 1897 - 1928


  8. The Fourth Political Party System: 1932 - 2007


    • Chapters 10, 11, and 12, Dynamics of the Party System
    • Chapters 17 - 20, An Empire of Wealth

    Study Questions for Final

  9. Where are we Headed? Political Polarization and the Stability of American Political Institutions


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