American Political Process (LAW-680-001)
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This course examines the federal constitutional and statutory law that structures how the American political process operates. We will cover all the major Supreme Court cases on topics of voting rights, reapportionment/redistricting, ballot access, regulation of political parties, campaign finance, and the 2000 presidential election controversy. 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. The course pays particular attention to competing political philosophies and empirical assumptions that underlie the Court's reasoning while still focusing on the cases as litigation tools used to serve political ends.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process, Fifth Edition, Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan, Richard H. Pildes and Nathan Persily
First Class Readings
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