Fall 2016

Seminar on Parties and Elections

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-304


Stephen E. Laizer (Section 01)
Donald L. Robinson (Section 01)


[IL] In this course we will examine how the interactions between the Constitution and the party system have shaped American political development.  Scholars of comparative constitutionalism have shown that, while 32 countries in the Americas, North and South, have adopted constitutions based on the separation of powers, only one of them, the United States, has avoided collapsing into presidential dictatorship. Our endurance as a constitutional democracy may be rooted in the nature of the American party system, but if our parties are losing control over American politics, are we coming to the end of American exceptionalism?

Limited to 18 students, consent required if not a Political Science major.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Robinson.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Speaking


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2016, Fall 2018