PSCI 311
Congressional Leadership Spring 2010
Division II
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Congressional party leaders can exercise great influence over the legislative process, and even shape Congress┬┐ internal structure and external authority. Using a theoretical, historical, and case-study approach, we will examine in detail the politics of congressional leadership, looking primarily (but not exclusively) at party leaders. Topics include: competing theories of leadership, the historical development of congressional leadership, the role of leaders in shaping policy and the legislative process, how legislators choose party leaders, and comparisons between party, committee, and other kinds of leadership. Why do some members emerge as successful leaders while others do not? And why are seemingly commanding and imposing leaders deposed? We will also discuss public policy in leadership with guest speakers from Members of Congress in leadership and distinguished academics.
The Class: Format: seminar/discussion
Limit: 12
Expected: 15
Class#: 3839
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, and a research paper
Extra Info: American Politics Subfield Research Skills Course
Prerequisites: Political Science 201 or Political Science/Leadership Studies 125 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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