POL 569 Government Decision-Making: Empirical Analysis of Formal Models



This class will explore connections between formal theory and empirical analysis. A major goal of the class is to link the training students receive in methods classes to substantive questions from the literature. Readings will include articles and books that attempt these ends. In addition, we will consider a few specific topics of government decision-making, read works covering a range of methodological approaches to examining that topic, and consider how the testing of formal theory does and does not contribute to that literature.