PS 826 The Legislative Process: Classic Questions and New Approaches
Thisis agraduate coursedesignedto introducestudents to research and theoretical approaches to studying the U.S. Congress. We willexamine different explanations for and models of the sources of institutions, discuss their internal organization and governance, and consider the effects of institutions on outcomes of interest. Each week we will tackle a classic question in the field by reading a formal model, a classic empiricalpiece, and a new approach piece. The goal is to think constructivelyand creativelyabout how to move this research agenda forward. Each week participants will write a “Next StepMemo” describing what you think thenext stepsin this research area should be. Use your creativityhere. Think outside the box. Take risks. The idea is to start thinking constructivelyand creativelyabout research buildingtoward yourown full blown research proposal final project.