Department of Politics

The study of politics emphasizes several challenging and critical issues:

  • the exercise of power in formal governmental institutions and in non-governmental institutions, from interest groups to human rights organizations to corporate board rooms
  • political systems, their historical context, and the social and economic systems with which they interact
  • the ideas of the great political thinkers, and how those ideas might apply in contemporary practice
  • how public policy gets formulated, legislated, implemented, and evaluated and how democratic and accessible is the process.
  • comparing the U.S. political system to those elsewhere in the world, in nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East
  • the politics of nations and international relations, and the transnational relations increasingly practiced by peoples, organizations, and local institutions across national boundaries

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