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POLS 4530 POLITICAL PARTIES (Special Edition)

Maymester AY2016-2017
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615

Classroom: Room 102, Baldwin Hall
Time: 2:00 - 4:45PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: K7MOA Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Grades will be determined by three short multiple-choice examinations and your mandatory attendance at a Luncheon in the Georgia Center on Friday May 26. Attending the Luncheon will be worth one exam. The Luncheon plus the best of 2 out of 3 exams will be used to to determine your grade. The best 2 of 3 exams are all equally weighted. The exams will be Friday May 12, Friday May 19, and Tuesday May 30. The exams will be at most 45 minutes as they will be short with no "tricks".

Example MC Questions 2nd Exam

This is a special course that is meant to highlight my work on measuring political ideology. The University is holding a conference in honor of my 70th birthday on May 26. Accordingly, I will be showing you my work with many of my coauthors on how we were able to reinterpret and add to the understanding of key events in American history.
Final Program for Birthday Conference

My Coauthors (PowerPoint)

The Poole-Rosenthal Method of Measuring Ideology

Course Outline
  1. The Early Development of Modern Political Parties


  2. The First Political Party System: 1829 - 1852


  3. The Second Political Party System: 1856 - 1896


  4. The Third Political Party System: 1897 - 1928


  5. The Fourth Political Party System: 1932 - 2017


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