Calendar

SES #TOPICSKEY DATES
I: Introduction
1Introduction: what this class is about 
2 & 3Theoretical conceptions of democratic representation 
II: Public opinion
4The origins of public opinion: ideology, interests, and partisanship 
5

The origins of public opinion: analysis of public opinion issues


Note: Come to class prepared to talk about a public opinion issue

 
6Measuring public opinion 
III. Why would we expect elected officials to care about public opinion?
7aIntroduction 
7bThe median voter & electoral accountabilityShort paper 1 due
8aPrimary constituencies 
8bElites 
IV. Factors that could lead to undemocratic outcomes
9Malapportionment 
10Unequal voter turnout 
11aUnequal policy knowledge among voters 
11bUnequal financial resources 
12Special interests: foundations 
13Special interests: interest groups today 
14Incumbency bias 
15Super-majority rules in legislaturesShort paper 2 due
V. Representation of opinions and interests
16Do policy outcomes represent the views of voters? 
17aAre certain groups systematically over or under-represented in the policy process?: Income & class 
17bAre certain groups systematically over or under-represented in the policy process?: Interests 
VI. Institutional reforms to improve representation
18One-person, one-vote 
19Term limits 
20Direct democracyFinal paper outline due
21Elected judges 
22Non-partisan redistricting 
23Changing the primary process 
24Campaign finance rules 
25Convenience votingFinal paper due