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PLS 2150 Power and Governance (GE – PDW)

This course will examine the influence of social forces on formal politics as well as politics in non-formal settings, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of citizens. We will survey major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of key issues and debates in political sociology, their concomitant policy implications, and the impact on the populace including definitions of power, elites and decision making, social divisions in participation, and the role of economic interests in governance.