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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 83.20 Law and Political Institutions

This seminar explores the creation, evolution, and enforcement of laws and political institutions. We will begin by defining laws and institutions and exploring their general role in shaping and constraining human behavior. We will then turn to specific political institutions, such as political parties, elections, legislatures, the presidency, the courts, juries, and bureaucracies. Among the questions we will answer: Why and how do institutions emerge? What is legislative intent, and how can we uncover it? What rules of interpretation do judges use when deciding cases? Are juries capable of making good decisions? How has lawmaking in the US Congress changed over time? Does the president make rather than enforce laws? Does the bureaucracy faithfully implement policy? Completion of Gov 10 or its equivalent is required for this course. Completion of a course in game theory is recommended.



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