Course Description

470.686 - Contemporary Congressional Politics

What are the political forces that shape the contemporary Congress and how does Congress, in turn, re-shape American politics? This course considers how political, social, and technological changes outside the institution help to explain contemporary congressional politics. Topics include: Congress's role in the separation of powers; its responsiveness to interest groups, ideology, and partisanship; competitiveness in congressional elections and constituency representation; and contemporary media politics.