PLSC 254: Political Parties in the American System (Fall 2015)

Parties are an indelible feature of the American political system. This course will trace the evolution of American parties over time, and will examine in some depth the contemporary role of parties and partisanship in government and elections. The main focus will be on understanding empirical and theoretical accounts of parties, but will also address normative views of parties and the anti-party impulse in the American tradition. Topics will include divided government, parties and party leaders in Congress, realignment of party systems, responsible party government, party identification and partisan bias, and ideology. We will devote special attention to current controversies in polarization amongst the attitudes of voters and elites, as well as the decline and resurgence of strong parties. 

Syllabus, Slides (Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4, Lecture 5, ...)

Office:

D230 (ISPS)


Hours (Fall 2015):

On Leave


Email:

john.henderson[at] yale.edu