POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Winter 2022, Section 006 - Constitutional Engineering in Democracies
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Details

Credits:
3
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
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Description

This course argues that constitutions are the foundation of prevailing institutional arrangements in democratic countries. As a result, changing a constitution has significant implications on all institutions of a country.

The course has two goals: First, understand constitutional amendment provisions, which facilitate or inhibit institutional modifications in a country. Second, study the most significant institutional provisions included in most democratic constitutions, like regime types (presidential, semi-presidential, and parliamentary systems), electoral systems (plurality vs proportional, single vote vs. multiple vote systems, with their consequences on party systems), structure of parliaments (unicameral vs. bi-cameral), agenda control of legislation, majority vs. supermajority decisionmaking.

The method of analysis is rational choice: we will assume that political actors are rational, and that each one of them tries to do the best possible given existing institutional constraints, and the behavior of other actors. We will see that this assumption leads to the conclusion that institutions (first of which the constitution) affect political outcomes in systematic ways. We will focus on what political outcomes will be produced by different institutions. The conclusions in turn, will help us engineer the desired institutions.

Schedule

POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
20633
Closed
0
 
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MW 12:30PM - 2:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
21981
Open
9
 
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W 9:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
29767
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1
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
36044
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8
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
36046
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10
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
36048
Open
6
 
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Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (SEM)
 In Person
36050
Open
8
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
36291
Open
38
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
36292
Open
11
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
37127
Open
9
 
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M 2:30PM - 5:30PM
011 (SEM)
 In Person
37451
Open
10
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 2:00PM
012 (SEM)
 In Person
37555
Open
11
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
013 (SEM)
 In Person
38491
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10
 
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M 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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