Introduction to the American Political Process

A smiling Joe Biden speaks from behind a podium with a sign reading “Battle for the Soul of the Nation”.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden on election night in Pittsburgh, PA, November 3, 2020. (Image by Jared Wickerham/Biden for President on Flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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This course provides a substantive overview of U.S. politics and an introduction to the discipline of political science. It surveys the institutional foundations of U.S. politics as well as the activities of political elites, organizations, and ordinary citizens. It explores the application of general political science concepts and analytic frameworks to specific episodes and phenomena in U.S. politics.

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Asya Magazinnik, and Zeyu Chris Peng. 17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process. Fall 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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