17.261 / 17.262 Congress and the American Political System II

Fall 2005

The U.S. Capitol.
The U.S. Capitol. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list and useful set of Web resources in the related resources section.

Course Description

This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.
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Prof. Charles Stewart III

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate