GOVT312: Political Parties and Campaigns
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On-Line Class Readings
A DropBox folder contains class readings, except for a few that can be found online at the links below. Please notify the professor if you are unable to access the DropBox folder.
Week 1, Jan 22
Paper Assignment (Due May 2)
You will write a paper 7 pages in length, double-spaced, 12pt Times Roman font, with standard margins. Include references; the reference style is up to you as long as a reader can determine the source information.
The topic of the paper is as follows. Be sure to cite specfic examples when formulating your policy recommendations.
Recent Supreme Court decisions have allowed SuperPACs to raise from donors unlimited amounts of uncoordinated money to spend in elections. In contrast, candidates and parties have limits on what they can raise from donors. In order to level the playing field, some have argued that the power of political parties should be increased. Drawing upon specific examples from the class reading, what steps might be taken to increase the power of political parties? Do you believe that this would be a wise course to take?
Class Assignment #1
You will develop a campaign plan for a major party candidate to the House of Delegates in the state of Virginia. Feel free to do the project from either party's perspective. The basic principles are the same regardless of party. You will develop a priority pursuasion targeting list of precincts to canvass and GOTV. This assignment generally follows the Bradshaw reading available on DropBox.
The elements of the paper are:
The page length is up to you, and depends somewhat on the number of precincts in your district. As I mentioned in class, I find it useful to create tables in Excel and then copy and paste the table into Microsoft Word. If your table is particularly wide, you may find it useful to display it in Word's landscape mode. Generally, I expect the paper to be about 3-4 pages long, double spaced, including the table -- you may wish to have three tables, one with all the primary data, one with a priority list of persuation precincts, and one with a priority list of GOTV precincts.
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Professor McDonald Contact Info
Office Hours for Fall 2012: T 1-3pm or by appointment.
|Dr. Michael McDonald
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
4400 University Drive 3F4
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444