POLS 6308 POLITICAL ECONOMY

Fall Semester AY2002-2003
Department of Political Science
University of Houston
Houston, TX, 77204-3011


Classroom: 405 PGH
Time: 5:30PM - 8:30PM Tuesday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: 447 Hoffman Hall
E-Mail: kpoole@ucsd.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

The following will be the primary texts for the course:

I recommend the following text for those students who have had some training in Microeconomics. It is an excellent technical presentation of political-economic theory and it is widely used in graduate courses in economics departments.

Requirements

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


Course Outline

  1. Introduction: Economics, Politics, and the Inevitability of Government

    Assignment:

    • "The Emerging Discipline of Political Economy" by Peter C. Ordeshook, in Perspectives on Positive Political Economy, edited by James E. Alt and Kenneth A. Shepsle, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

    • "Macropolitical Economy in the Field of Development" by Robert H. Bates, in Perspectives on Positive Political Economy, edited by James E. Alt and Kenneth A. Shepsle, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

    Recommended:

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 1 - 17.

  2. Preference Aggregation and Rationality

    Assignment:

    • "Rational Choice Theory and Mental Models," by Debra Satz and John Ferejohn, working paper, Stanford University, March 2000.

    • Shepsle and Bonchek, pp. 1 - 81.

    • Ordeshook, pp. 1 - 96.

    Recommended:

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 19 - 45.

  3. Spatial Voting Models and Electoral Systems

    Assignment:

    • Shepsle and Bonchek, pp. 82 - 194.

    • Ordeshook, pp. 97 - 202.

    • Poole and Rosenthal, pp. 3 - 85.

    • Making Votes Count, by Gary W. Cox, pp. 3 - 68, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

    Recommended:

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 47 - 95.

    Midterm

  4. Ideology and Partisanship

    Assignment:

    • "Federalist #10," by James Madison.

    • Poole and Rosenthal, pp. 86 - 114.

    • Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice, by Melvin J. Hinich and Michael C. Munger, pp. 1 - 21, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.

    • "The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics," by Philip E. Converse, in Ideology and Discontent, edited by David E. Apter, New York: Free Press, 1964.

    • "A New Approach to the Spatial Theory of Electoral Competition," by Melvin J. Hinich and Walker Pollard, American Journal of Political Science, 25:323-341, 1981.

    Recommended:

    • The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer, New York: HarperPerennial, 1951.

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 97 - 114.

  5. Public Goods and Redistribution

    Assignment:

    • Shepsle and Bonchek, pp. 197 - 296.

    • Ordeshook, pp. 203 - 242.

    Recommended:

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 117 - 199.

  6. Legislatures, Interest Groups, and Policy-Making

    Assignment:

    • Poole and Rosenthal, pp. 115 - 232.

    • Shepsle and Bonchek, pp. 299 - 460.

    • Ordeshook, pp. 243 - 301.

    Recommended:

    • Persson and Tabellini, pp. 201 - 273.

  7. Capitalism, Science, and Democracy

    Assignment:

    • Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, by Joseph A. Schumpeter, pp. 61 - 163, New York: Harper & Row, 1942.

    Recommended:

    • The Rise of the Western World, by Douglass North and Robert Paul Thomas, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1973.

    • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas S. Kuhn, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 3rd edition, 1996 (1st edition, 1962).

    • From Dawn To Decadence: 1500 to the Present, by Jacques Barzun, New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Final