17.812J / 14.296J Collective Choice I

Fall 2008

Image depicts a lever-operated voting machine used in 2008 U.S. presidential elections.
A lever-operated voting machine in Millwood, New York. (Image courtesy of John C. Abell on Flickr.)

Course Description

This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries. This course examines political institutions from a rational choice perspective. The now burgeoning rational choice literature on legislatures, bureaucracies, courts, and elections constitutes the chief focus. Some focus will be placed on institutions from a comparative and/or international perspective.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. James Snyder

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Recitations:
1 session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate