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POLS 382: State Government

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  1. POLS 382: State Government Professor John Wilkerson

  2. Details • Syllabus • http://faculty.washington.edu/jwilker/382/382syllabus.htm • Note ‘resources’ at the bottom of the syllabus • Goals of the Course • 1) Develop an appreciation of state variations and their possible causes • 2) Develop an appreciation of the structure and politics of State Government in Washington State • 3) Be prepared to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of a federalist system of government by discussing specific policies or decisions • Memorize the states – quiz on Monday

  3. Why study States? • Many political decisions take place at the state level • States have different policies, which means that citizens receive different treatment depending on where they live • Why do these differences exist? Are they a good thing or a bad thing?

  4. Criminal Justice

  5. Criminal Justice

  6. Welfare Spending

  7. Minimum Wage

  8. Education Spending

  9. Spending per student

  10. Class Size

  11. SAT scores

  12. Percent taking SATs!

  13. Infrastructure Spending

  14. State Policies have dramatic consequences for citizens • But Why do states vary in their policies? • Demographics? • Need • Available resources • Politics? • Partisan control • Political participation • Culture? • Historical development • Religious and other social differences

  15. For Friday • Review the Syllabus • Purchase texts and complete the assigned readings for this week • Start memorizing the states!