*Taught Online for Summer 2020* What are the foundations of presidential power, and how should it be applied? These questions have been topics of debate from the founding of the U.S., and have become of particular interest in recent years. Focusing on issues of governance, institutional design, and power, this course examines the presidency's development from the time of the Founders to the present, its relationships with courts and Congress, presidential influence in domestic and foreign policymaking, and the ways in which presidents are positioned in a system of separated powers. As they study the role of the presidency in American society and politics, students will become
familiar with key theories and concepts in political science, and with some of the methodological practices common in the social science research, particularly how statistics and polling can be used in politics and political science. Through simulations and visits from guest speakers, students will also have opportunities to examine the machinations of the political world up close.
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