POLS 4635 THE POLITICS OF INCOME INEQUALITY

Fall Semester AY2016-2017
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: Room 309, Sanford Hall
Time: 3:35 - 4:25PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Requirements

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 ΒΌ each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 23 September 2016, 3:35 - 4:25PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:35 - 4:25PM.
The final is scheduled for Monday 12 December 2016, 3:30 - 5:30PM.


Course Outline
  1. Congressional Polarization

    Assignment:



  2. The Basics of Income Inequality in the US since the end of World War II

    Assignment:

  3. The Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Great Recession

    Assignment:

    • Political Bubbles, entire book
    • The Price of Inequality, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6


  4. Is Immigration to Blame?

    Assignment:

    • The Great Divergence, Chapter 4

  5. Education, Job Skills, and Globalization

    Assignment:

    • The Great Divergence, Chapters 5 and 6
    • JEP, "It's the Market: The Broad-Based Rise in the Return to Top Talent."
    • JEP, "The Pay of Corporate Executives and Financial Professionals as Evidence of Rents in Top 1 Percent Incomes."
    • JEP, "Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility."
    • The Evolving Structure of the American Economy and the Employment Challenge, Michael Spence and Sandile Hlatshwayo, 2011, Council on Foreign Relations


  6. Money, Organized Interests, and American Politics

    Assignment:

    • The Price of Inequality, Chapters 5, and 7
    • The Great Divergence, Chapters 7 and 8
    • JEP, "Why Hasn't Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?"


  7. Citizen Affluence and Public Policy

    Assignment:

  8. The Public Policy Consequences of Polarization and Inequality

    Assignment:



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