GOVT 2041

GOVT 2041

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Factors ranging from the difficulty of registration and costs of voter ID, the purging of voter rolls, a bungled election featuring mis-marked butterfly ballots, concerns about foreign influence or even hacking, continued gerrymandering at the state and federal levels, and several recent Condorcet failures, lead many to question the integrity of U.S. electoral institutions and administration. How can flawed elections be detected and improved? What are the causes of declining perceptions of democracy in the U.S. and elsewhere? How does system support affect government stability and performance in a democracy? We address these questions using both U.S. state-level and cross-national evidence. Students learn how to read and conduct evidence-based social scientific research, and how to act as an effective research consultant. We touch on the emerging field of election forensics and its application to U.S. data and to recent disputes in Kenya, Armenia, and Turkey, among other high-profile cases.

When Offered Spring.

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16428GOVT 2041  LEC 001

  • 16430GOVT 2041  DIS 201

  • 16431GOVT 2041  DIS 202

  • 18540GOVT 2041  DIS 203

  • 18541GOVT 2041  DIS 204