Archived Versions

17.812J / 14.296J Collective Choice I

As taught in: Fall 2008

Image depicts a lever-operated voting machine used in 2008 U.S. presidential elections.

A lever-operated voting machine in Millwood, New York. (Image courtesy of John C. Abell on Flickr.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. James Snyder

Course Features

Course Description

This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries. This course examines political institutions from a rational choice perspective. The now burgeoning rational choice literature on legislatures, bureaucracies, courts, and elections constitutes the chief focus. Some focus will be placed on institutions from a comparative and/or international perspective.