POLS 022. American Elections: Ritual, Myth, and Substance (AP)
An examination of the role of policy issues, candidates images, campaign advertisements, media, polling, marketing, money, and political parties in the American electoral process. We will consider the role of race, gender, class, religion, and other variables in voting behavior and look for evidence concerning the increasing polarization of American politics. We will examine the impact of recent laws and practices that seek to encourage or depress voting and will explore the impact of felony disenfranchisement. What are some of the most important recent changes affecting American electoral politics? What is unusual about 2016? Historical trends will provide the basis for analyzing the 2016 elections. Do elections matter, and, if so, how?
First year students should apply to Prof. Nackenoff to be admitted: limited number of spots available.
Fall 2020. Nackenoff.
Catalog chapter: Political Science
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science
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