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Logic of American Politics. Mechanics of the Course Outline of lecture will be provided but you are responsible for taking notes during class Ask if an idea is not clear Lecture and textbook will overlap Exams will cover both lectures and textbooks. Logic of American Politics. Overview

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logic of american politics
Logic of American Politics

Mechanics of the Course

  • Outline of lecture will be provided but you are responsible for taking notes during class
  • Ask if an idea is not clear
  • Lecture and textbook will overlap
  • Exams will cover both lectures and textbooks
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Logic of American Politics

Overview

I. Logical Fallacies

II. Politics and Political Science

III. Competing Theories of American

Politics

IV. Collective Action Problems

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Logic of American Politics

I. Logical Fallacies

a. Definition

b. Why Relevant

c. Specific Fallacies:

1. Appeal to Force

2. Ad Hominem

3. Appeal from Ignorance

4. Appeal to Pity

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Logic of American Politics

5. Appeal to the People

6. Fallacy of Accident

7. Fallacy of Converse Accident

8. Fallacy of False Cause

9. False Dichotomy

10. Slippery Slope

11. Straw Figure

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Logic of American Politics

II. Politics and Political Science

a. Politics

1. Definitions

2. Two Important Points

3. Key Terms

- Policy

- Normative vs. EmpiricalStudies

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Logic of American Politics

b. Political Science

1. Definitions

2. Subfields of Political Science

- Political Theory

- American Politics

- Comparative Politics

- International Relations

- Public Administration/Public Policy

- Methodology

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Logic of American Politics

III. Competing Grand Theories of U.S. Politics

a. Majoritarian Theory

b. Group Theory / Pluralism

c. Elite Theory

d. Institutionalism

- Bureaucratic Rule

e. Five Theories Applied to Civil Rights

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Logic of American Politics

IV. Collective Action Problems

a. Definition of Collective Action

b. Relevancy to Politics

c. Two Broad Categories

i. Coordination Problems

- Definition

- Ex: Fred and Ethel

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Logic of American Politics
  • Prisoner’s Dilemma

- Definition

- Ex: Thelma and Louise

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Thelma

Stay Quiet

Sequel

Stay Quiet

Louise

Sequel

# = Prison Time

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Thelma

Stay Quiet

Sequel

Stay Quiet

Louise

Sequel

# = Prison Time

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Thelma

Stay Quiet

Sequel

Stay Quiet

Louise

Sequel

# = Prison Time

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Thelma

Stay Quiet

Sequel

Stay Quiet

Louise

Sequel

# = Prison Time

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Thelma

Stay Quiet

Sequel

Stay Quiet

Louise

Sequel

# = Prison Time

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Japan

Cooperate

Defect

Cooperate

Sweden

Defect

# = Level of Pollution

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Logic of American Politics

iii. Free-Rider Problem

- Type of Prisoner’s Dilemma

- Definition

- Ex: Group projects