In POLI 345, we explore US politics and political culture, the US Constitution and federalism, and the various participants in the American government, which include public opinion, public participation, media, political parties, campaigns and elections, and interest groups. We also explore the major institutions of the American government, which include Congress, the president, the bureaucracy, and the courts, specifically the United States Supreme Court. In the last part of the course, after becoming familiar with the operation of the American government and the various participants in the governmental system, we explore five specific outcomes or public policy areas of the American government: personal liberty, civil rights, the economy, social welfare, and national security.
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Note: You can retrieve this article online, as well as all issues of Policy Options, at http://www.irpp.org/po/
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Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. 2008. Character and the Primaries of 2008. May 29.
Note: Read the following sections accessible through the Table of Contents on the left side of the website: “Barack Obama,” “Hillary Clinton,” “Timing,” and “John McCain.”
|Horsley, S. (2016, January 9). For Growing Partisan Divide, The Bridge Is Still Out. www.npr.org|
Note: Both an audiovisual file and transcript of the speech are available on this website.
|America's Civil Liberties Union, (n.d.). America’s Surveillance Society, www.aclu.org|
|America's Civil Liberties Union, (n.d.). Why the FISA Amendments Act Is Unconstitutional. www.aclu.org|
|Department of Homeland Security (2005, December 14). Fact Sheet: The USA Patriot Act—A Proven Homeland Security Tool. www.hsdl.org|
|Chapin, A. (2015, July 5). Dear America: Some Canadian Advice About Gay Marriage. www.huffingtonpost.ca|
|Rosenfeld, E. (2016, March 11). Here's Why Everyone Is Arguing About Free Trade. www.cnbc.com|
|Epstein, R & McCain Nelson, C. (2016, June 28). Donald Trump Lays Out Protectionist Views in Trade Speech. www.wsj.com|
|Maioni, A. (2013, October 2). Obamacare vs. Canada: Five Key Differences. www.theglobeandmail.com|