Fall/Winter Timetable

POL433H1F L0101

Topics in United States Government and Politics

Congressional Politics in America


The November 2022 mid-term election will be an important event for understanding both the present and future directions of American government and politics. In the first part of this course we will examine the context of the election, the unique characteristics of U.S. political institutions, and the issues and dynamics of the House and Senate campaigns. Following the election we will analyze the outcome and consider the shape of the new Congress, the next two years of the Biden presidency, and the implications for U.S. public policy and politics.


Lawrence C. Dodd, Bruce I. Oppenheimer and C. Lawrence Evans (eds), Congress Reconsidered, 12th edition, CQ Press, 2021
Elizabeth A. Theiss-Morse, Michael W. Wagner, William H. Flanigan and Nancy H. Zingale, Political Behavior of the American Electorate, 14th edition, CQ Press, 2018
Other materials TBA


2.0 credits in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses