|Introduction and Politics of the American Constitution|
|1||Introduction and Organization||(no readings)|
|2||Theories and Theoretical Tools||
Federalist Paper 51: Madison, James. "The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments." Independent Journal (February 6, 1788).
Federalist Paper 84: Hamilton, Alexander. "Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered." Independent Journal (July 16, July 26, August 9, 1788).
|Pluralism and Its Critiques|
Federalist Paper 10: Madison, James. "The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection (continued)." Daily Advertiser (November 22, 1787).
Dahl. Books I and IV in Who Governs?
Schattschneider. Semisovereign People. Chapters 1-5.
|5||Race||Kinder and Sanders. Divided by Color.|
|6||Collective Action||Olson. The Logic of Collective Action. Especially chapters 1-2.|
|Voting and Elections|
|7||Party and Ideology||
Campbell, Angus, Phlip E. Converse, Warren E. Miller, and Donald E. Stokes. The American Voter: Unabridged Edition. Reprint ed. Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press, 1980, chapter 6. ISBN: 9780226092546.
Ansolabehere, Steve, Jim Snyder, and Charles Stewart. "Candidate Positions in Congressional Elections." American Journal of Political Science 45 (January 2001): 136-159.
Fiorina, Morris. "The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics." Daedalus (Summer 1980): 25-46.
|9||Retrospective Voting Issue Ownership||
Session 1: Retrospective Voting
Achen, Christopher, and Larry Bartels. "Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Drought, Flu, and Shark Attacks." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 28, 2002.
Session 2: Issue Ownership
Petrocik, et al. "Issue Ownership and Presidential Campaigning, 1952-2000." Political Science Quarterly 118, no. 4 (December 1, 2003): 599-626.
|10||Voting and Seats Election Reading||
Session 1: Voting and Seats
Tufte, Edward. "Determinants of the Outcomes of Midterm Congressional Elections." The American Political Science Review 69, no. 3 (September 1975): 812-826.
|11||Representation||Mayhew, Congress: The Electoral Connection|
Brady and Volden. Revolving Gridlock. Chapter 3.
Note: Starting with chapter 3, this book is an easy and mostly informative read.
Brady and Volden. Revolving Gridlock. Chapters 6-7.
|Media and Politics|
Zaller, John. A Theory of Media Politics: How the Interests of Politicians, Journalists, and Citizens Shape the News. Unpublished book manuscript, October 1999, chapters 1-4.
Zaller, John. A Theory of Media Politics: How the Interests of Politicians, Journalists, and Citizens Shape the News. Unpublished book manuscript, October 1999, chapters 5-7.