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POSC 315: Polarization, Parties, and Power*

How have political parties shaped the distribution of power and political landscape in the United States? This course explores theories of political party development, third-party dynamics in a two-party system, and the rise of ideological and party polarization in the United States. We will engage with scholarly debates that grapple with the extent and implications of polarization in the American case at all levels of government, in the electorate, and in interpersonal interactions.
6 credits; SI, WR2, QRE, IDS; Not offered 2021-2022