INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Government 30

Professor Daniel Carpenter

Department of Government

Harvard University

 

 

Professor Carpenter's Contact Information

Office:

CGIS N417

Office Hours & All Student Meetings

Where: CGIS Cafe, 1737 Cambridge St.

Office Hours: Thursday 1 PM - 4PM (otherwise by appointment)

e-mail:

dcarpenter@gov.harvard.edu

 

 

Syllabus [html] [pdf]
Note: This syllabus is similar to the one that I used in the Spring/Winter of 1998 for an Introduction to American Politics Course at Princeton University, and from 2000 to 2002 at the University of Michigan . By early February 2006, I will update the syllabus so that it conforms with Harvard's schedule.

 

Assignments and Papers First Paper Assignment (due Monday, February 27th, 9AM via e-mail
  Second Paper Assignment (due Monday, March 20th, 9AM via e-mail)
  Third Paper Assignment (due Monday, April 24th, 9AM, via e-mail)
  Fourth Paper Assignment (due Friday, May 12, 5PM, via e-mail)
  Midterm Information Sheet
  Final Examination

 

Readings for the Course

All books are available at The Coop . There is no coursepack.

Author
Title
Al, Jim and John The Federalist Papers (ed. Clinton Rossiter)
Alexis deTocqueville Democracy in America (Penguin edition)
Kingdon, John

Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies

Samuel Kernell and Steven Smith, editors Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings
Shafritz and Weinberg Classics in American Politics
Riker, William The Art of Political Manipulation

 

Lectures

All lectures will be given in Lowell Lecture Hall, and visual presentations will be based in PDF or Powerpoint. Before class I will usually make the class slides available to students on the Internet (in PDF or in HTML format). Viewing these slides is a poor substitute for (and an excellent complement to) attending lectures.

Lecture
Slides in HTML
Slides in PDF

Lecture 1 -- [2/1/2006] Course Introduction

Lecture 2 -- [2/6/2006] The Meaning and Development of Constitutional, Republican Government

Lecture 3 -- [2/8/2006] Criticisms of the American Constitution, Anti-Federalist and Contemporary

Lecture 4 -- [2/13/2006] Logic of Politics #1, Collective Action Dilemmas

Lecture 5 -- [2/15/2006] Logic of Politics #2, Social Capital and Cooperation

Lecture 6 -- [2/22/2006] Federalism #1

Lecture 7 -- [2/27/2006] Federalism #2

Lecture 8 -- [3/1/2006] Political Culture and Political Behavior

Lecture 9 -- [3/6/2006] Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Lecture 10 -- [3/8/2006] Parties #1

Lecture 11 -- [3/13/2006] Parties #2

Lecture 12 -- [3/15/2006] Elections and Campaigns #1

Lecture 13 -- [3/20/2006] Elections and Campaigns #2

Lecture 14 -- [4/3/2006] Congress #1 -- Foundations and Elections

Lecture 15 -- [4/5/2006] Congress #2 -- Institutions and Structure

Lecture 16 -- [4/10/2006] Presidency #1

Lecture 17 -- [4/12/2006] Presidency #2

Lecture 18 -- [4/17/2006] Bureaucracy #1

Lecture 19 -- [4/19/2006] Bureaucracy #2

Lecture 20 -- [4/24/2006] Interest Groups

Lecture 21 -- [4/26/2006] The Media

Lecture 22 -- [5/1/2006] Judiciary #1

Lecture 23 -- [5/3/2006] Judiciary #2

Lecture 24

Lecture 25

Lecture 26