PS 426 The U.S. Congress

This course introduces students to analysis of the United States Congress. The subject matter covers many aspects of Congress – from political parties to redistricting to roll call voting to the committee system. The course emphasizes how elections connect what happens in Washington with what happens back in the district, or what the textbook calls the “two Congresses.” We will examine how the goals of members, particularly reelection, shape the organization of the institution and the policies it produces.