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Legislative and Political Process

Elective Course

This course concerns the law of lawmaking, from campaign to capitol to court. The course begins with an introduction to the system of representation, legislation, and adjudication. Then it takes each function in turn: first, the regulation of the electoral process including voting rights and campaign finance; second, the structure of the legislative process including lobbying, deliberation, and direct democracy; and third, the interpretation and implementation of resulting statutes. Throughout, the course considers the practical legal dynamics generated by the interaction of these functions. Students will synthesize the material in a paper or project.