940 The Law of Democracy - §001, Spring 2016


Instructor(s) Yablon, Robert

This seminar examines the laws that structure the American democratic system. Topics include voting rights, campaign finance, redistricting, and the regulation of political parties. The course addresses the key constitutional principles and statutory provisions that govern these areas, with particular emphasis on recent legal developments. In addition to covering doctrine, the course focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of the electoral system, the role of courts in overseeing the system, and proposals for reform. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law I and/or II is recommended. Students will write short response papers and one more substantial paper that they will present to the seminar. Students can choose to take the seminar for 2 or 3 credits based on the length of their substantial paper.

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