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Amazon logo Stewart, Charles, III. Analyzing Congress. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2001. ISBN 9780393976267.

Amazon logo Mayhew, David. Congress: The Electoral Connection. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975. ISBN: 9780300018097.

Amazon logo Dodd, Lawrence C., and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Congress Reconsidered. 7th ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2000. ISBN: 9781568024875.

Readings by Class Session

Lec # Topics READINGS
1 Introduction
2 Unidimensional Spatial Model Analyzing Congress. Chapter 1, pp. 3-22 and 45-46.
3 Constitutional Origins of Congress Analyzing Congress. Chapter 2, Appendix B.

Stewart. "The Constitutional Origins of Congress."
4 Origin and Development of Congress Analyzing Congress. Chapter 3.
5 Origin and Development of Congress (cont.)
6 Congressional Candidates Analyzing Congress. Chapter 4.

Dodd, and Oppenheimer. Chapters 4 and 6.
7 Congressional Candidates (cont.)
8 Congressional Voters Analyzing Congress. Chapter 5.
9 Congressional Voters (cont.)
10 Congressional Voters (cont.)
11 Congressional Voters (cont.)
12 Regulating Congressional Elections Analyzing Congress. Chapter 6.

Dodd, and Oppenheimer. Chapter 5.
13 Regulating Congressional Elections (cont.)
14 Regulating Congressional Elections (cont.)
15 Midterm
16 Multidimensional Spatial Model Analyzing Congress. Chapter 1, pp. 22-45.
17 Congressional Parties and Leadership Analyzing Congress. Chapter 7.

Dodd, and Oppenheimer. Chapter 2.
18 Congressional Parties and Leadership (cont.)
19 Congressional Committees Anayzing Congress. Chapter 8.

Dodd, and Oppenheimer. Chapters 7, 8, and 9.
20 Congressional Committees (cont.)
21 Rules of the Chamber/Roll Call Voting Analyzing Congress. Chapter 9.
22 Rules of the Chamber/Roll Call Voting (cont.)
23 Paper Presentations
24 Review/Wrap-up Mayhew. (All)