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
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16428 GOVT 2041   LEC 001

  • 16430 GOVT 2041   DIS 201

  • 16431 GOVT 2041   DIS 202

  • 18540 GOVT 2041   DIS 203

  • 18541 GOVT 2041   DIS 204