POLS 4790H POLITICS OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Spring Semester AY2013-2014
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:
- Lewis, Michael. (2010). The Big Short
- Morgenson, Gretchen and Joshua Rosner. (2011). Reckless Endangerment
- Connaughton, Jeff (2012). The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins
- McCarty, Nolan, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal (2013). Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy
Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-Semester exams and a final
exam. The exams will consist of essay and short answer questions. The Midterms will
be worth 1/4 of your grade and the final is worth 1/2 of your grade.
The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 14 February 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 28 March 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The Final Exam is scheduled for 5 May 2014, 12:00 - 3:00PM.
- Banking, Bankruptcy, and Financial Panics in Early American History: 1789-1860
- Hammond, Bray. 1947. "Jackson, Biddle, and the Bank of the United States."Journal of Economic History, 6(2);1-23.
- Rockoff, Hugh. 1975. "Varieties of Banking and Regional Economic Development in the
United States, 1840-1860."Journal of Economic History, 35(1):160-181.
- Sylla, Richard, John B. Legler, and John J. Wallis. 1987. "Banks and State Public
Finance in the New Republic: The United States, 1790-1860."Journal of Economic History, 47(2):391-403.
- Rousseau, Peter, and Richard Sylla. 2005. "Emerging Financial Markets and Early U.S.
Growth."Explorations in Economic History, 42(1):1-26.
Agenda for Topic 1
Study Questions for First Exam (All Questions are short Answer!)
- Banking, Bankruptcy, and Financial Panics in Early American History: 1861-1913
- Davis, Lance E. 1965. "The Investment Market, 1870-1914: The Evolutions of a National
Market."Journal of Economic History, 25(3):355-399.
- Sylla, Richard. 1969. "Federal Policy, Banking Market Structure, and Capital Mobilization
in the United States, 1863-1913."Journal of Economic History, 29(2):657-686.
- Williamson, Jeffrey G. 1974. "Watersheds and Turning Points: Conjectures on the Long-Term
Impact of Civil War Financing."Journal of Economic History, 34(3):636-661.
- Hansen, Bradley. 1998. "Commercial Associations and the Creation of a National Economy:
The Demand for a Federal Bankruptcy Act."Business History Review, 72(Spring):86-113.
- BerglÃ¶f, Erik and Howard Rosenthal. 1999. "The Political Economy of American Bankruptcy:
The Evidence from Roll Call Voting, 1800-1978." Working paper, Princeton University.
- Hughes, Jonathan. 1986. The Vital Few, chapter 9, "J. Pierpont Morgan, the Investment Banker as Statesman." New York: Oxford University Press.
Agenda for Topic 2
Study Questions for Second Exam (All Questions are short Answer!)
- The Financial Panic of 1929-1933 and the Great Depression
- The Buildup to the Banking Crisis of 2008: Subprime Mortgages, Securitization, and
Fannie and Freddie
- The Crisis of 2008
- The Political and Economic Response to the Financial Crisis of 2008
Study Questions for Final Exam (All Questions are short Answer!)
Public Debt Statements
NOMINATE Data, Roll Call Data, and Software
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