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Fall Semester AY2014-2015
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615

Classroom: Baldwin 305
Time: 1:25 - 2:15PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: Thursday 3:00 - 5:00PM

The following texts will be used in this course:


Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exams will consist of short answer essay questions. The midterms will be worth each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 26 September 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 7 November 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:00 - 2:00PM.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction: What is Political Polarization and Why Does it Matter?


  2. How do We Measure Polarization of the Elites?


  3. Income Inequality and Political Polarization


    First Exam Study Questions

  4. Post 1960s Political Polarization


    Second Exam Study Questions

  5. George W. Bush and the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections


  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization


    Final Exam Study Questions

  7. The Future of American Politics


    • Conclusion, Political Bubbles

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