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  1. 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

  2. Logic of American Politics Overview I. Logical Fallacies II. Politics and Political Science III. Competing Theories of American Politics IV. Collective Action Problems

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Logic of American Politics II. Politics and Political Science a. Politics 1. Definitions 2. Two Important Points 3. Key Terms - Policy - Normative vs. EmpiricalStudies

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Logic of American Politics • Prisoner’s Dilemma - Definition - Ex: Thelma and Louise

  10. Thelma Stay Quiet Sequel Stay Quiet Louise Sequel # = Prison Time

  11. Thelma Stay Quiet Sequel Stay Quiet Louise Sequel # = Prison Time

  12. Thelma Stay Quiet Sequel Stay Quiet Louise Sequel # = Prison Time

  13. Thelma Stay Quiet Sequel Stay Quiet Louise Sequel # = Prison Time

  14. Thelma Stay Quiet Sequel Stay Quiet Louise Sequel # = Prison Time

  15. Japan Cooperate Defect Cooperate Sweden Defect # = Level of Pollution

  16. Logic of American Politics iii. Free-Rider Problem - Type of Prisoner’s Dilemma - Definition - Ex: Group projects