Political Science | Election 2000
Y200 | 3404 | Wright
Election 2000 is an introduction to voting, campaigns, and governing
in America with a special emphasis on the 2000 elections. To put the 2000
elections into context we look back at previous presidential elections with
the rise of the Reform Party and the reelection of Bill Clinton. We will
also consider congressional election: 1994 which the Republicans took
control of Congress for the first time in forty years and the 1998 midterm
in which the Republicans suffered a stunning defeat in the wake of the
Clinton impeachment by the House of Representatives. Then we focus on the
2000 primaries to understand the rules, strategies and problems associated
with different types of presidential primaries and caucuses. What effect
have campaign finance laws and regulations had on candidates and parties?
The states have moved their primaries up in time in 2000, a process widely
decried as "frontloading"; what impact has this had on the choice of
candidates America will be offered in the 2000 presidential election? As we
study the presidential selection process, we will strive to answer questions
about what causes voters to decide as they do, and what difference do
elections make for how we are governed.
No prerequisites are assumed for Election 2000, although Y103,
Introduction to American Government, or the equivalent, would be a helpful
background. The course doe assume that you are interested in politics,
though if not, hopefully the class can fulfill a "politics appreciation"
function. We are going to be bombarded with election news and campaign
advertising at least every other year for the rest of our lives--this class
should help you to understand and enjoy what one scholar calls "democracy's
feast." Requirements will include three examinations and a term paper.