American Government - New Topics

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Some or all of these new topics will be addressed when this course is taught in Fall 2012:

  • Party organization and apparatus
  • the Super PAC
  • Party platforms
  • Obtaining "the line" on the ballot in primary elections
  • how candidates are nominated
  • how the presidential race is shaping up
  • forecasting the midterm elections
  • the impact of the Citizens United decision
  • concept of the "political machine"
  • impact of referenda
  • phone-banking and other approaches
  • "get out the vote"