GOVT 3041

GOVT 3041

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

In the U.S. Presidential election of 2000, a Supreme Court ruling ultimately cleared the way for Florida's Secretary of State to certify electors pledged to the Republican party. Yet thousands of mis-marked butterfly ballots alone imply that a plurality of Florida's population did not prefer Bush. In this class we ask, what is a 'fair' electoral system in terms of representing the preferences of the public? In what ways can actual vote tallies and election outcomes deviate as measurements of these preferences? To address the latter question, we consider the emerging social science of election forensics and its application to recent disputed elections in Russia, Iran, Mexico, and Turkey, among other high-profile cases.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)
Course Subfield (AM)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16463 GOVT 3041   LEC 001

  • 17003 GOVT 3041   DIS 201

  • 17004 GOVT 3041   DIS 202