Introduction to American Institutions

For Non-American MPA and MPP students

SYLLABUS

 

Session 1: Introduction, Constitutional Design, Incentive Systems

Slides

Session 2: Congress

Slides

Session 3: The President

Slides

Session 4: The Federal Civil Service

Slides

Session 5: U.S. Courts & Legal System

Slides

Session 6: The Elections Game: Understanding American Elections

The Election Game

Session 7: Non-state Actors & Policy Influence Activities

Slides

Session 8: The Main Contours of American Public Policy

Slides

Session 9: The Future/Unanswered Questions

Gary Jacobson, “The Presidential and Congressional Elections of 2020: A National Referendum on the Trump Presidency,” Political Science Quarterly, 136(1): 11-45 (Spring 2021)

Eric Kaufman, "The Rise of Trump," in Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities, 2019.

Interesting Facts and Figures on American Government