POLS 4790: THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS
Fall Semester AY2014-2015
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615
Classroom: Baldwin 305
Time: 1:25 - 2:15PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Instructor: Keith T. Poole
Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
WebSite: Voteview Home Page
Office Hours: Thursday 3:00 - 5:00PM
The following texts will be used in this course:
- Matthew Levendusky. 2009. The Partisan Sort
- Morris P. Fiorina. 2011. Culture War? (3rd Edition)
- Nolan M. McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. 2013. Political Bubbles
Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final
exam. The exams will consist of short answer essay questions. The midterms will be
worth Â¼ each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.
The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 26 September 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 7 November 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:00 - 2:00PM.
- Introduction: What is Political Polarization and Why Does it Matter?
- Chapter 1, The Partisan Sort
- Chapter 1, Culture War?
- How do We Measure Polarization of the Elites?
- Income Inequality and Political Polarization
- Chapter 1, Polarized America, Nolan M. McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal.
- Chapter 2, Polarized America, Nolan M. McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal.
- "Wages and Human Capital in the U.S. Financial Industry: 1909-2006," by Thomas Philippon and Ariell Reshef. Working Paper 14644, 2009, National Bureau
of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
- The Evolving Structure of the American Economy and the Employment Challenge, Michael Spence and Sandile Hlatshwayo, 2011, Council on Foreign Relations
- IRS Tax Tables Page
- Monthly Statement of the U.S. Debt
First Exam Study Questions
- Post 1960s Political Polarization
- Chapters 2 - 7, Culture War?
Second Exam Study Questions
- George W. Bush and the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections
- Chapters 8 - 10, Culture War?
- Chapters 2 - 7, The Partisan Sort
- The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization
Final Exam Study Questions
- The Future of American Politics
- Conclusion, Political Bubbles
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Course Web Pages: University of Georgia (2010 - )
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University of San Diego Law School (2005)
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