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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 81.07 Political Mythbusters: Testing Common Claims about Politics

Declining trust in government is a cause of declining voter turnout in many advanced democracies. The abundance of natural resources inhibits democratic transitions in authoritarian states. It is more difficult to pass legislation under divided government than when the same party controls Congress and the presidency. ... In this course, we will examine many such common claims ("myths") about politics. Specifically, we will review empirical evidence for each claim and discuss whether each myth can be busted, plausible, or confirmed. We will also discuss how to devise our own tests for renewed scrutiny using statistical data and methods.


Y. Horiuchi

Distributive and/or World Culture


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Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.