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Thomas Patterson

Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

Through case studies, this course will explore the distribution of power in America. Among other issues, the course will examine immigration, climate change, war powers, race, healthcare, monetary policy, trade, tax policy, voter suppression, and campaign spending. Except for a few historical cases, the cases will be current or recent. The cases will be designed to help students understand the power dynamics of American politics and to strengthen their analysis and communication skills. Assignments will consist of practical exercises in the context of policy and political issues.