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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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PL 332 - The American Party System


Credits: 4
An examination of the influence of our political parties at critical moments of the formation of the American democracy. The course explores how political parties emerged almost immediately after the ratification of the Constitution and engaged in public debate on the meaning of republican government as well as the meaning of citizen participation and representation. Students will learn to appreciate the distinction between American political development and the historical study of politics. They will also become familiar with party realignment and be able to recognize the unique character of the elections of 1800, 1828, 1860, 1896, and 1932. Students will also learn to appreciate the challenge of finding the appropriate role for political parties in our democracy.
Prerequisites:   or permission of instructor.
N. Taylor



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