U.S. National Elections

A photograph of two campaign field organizers, wearing Obama 2012 shirts. One is shouting into a megaphone and the other is cheering. The crowd behind them is holding many Obama / Biden 2012 signs and American flags.

Two field organizers rouse a crowd before a rally during President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. (Image by Greg Wasserstorm for Obama for America. License CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)


MIT Course Number

17.263 / 17.264

As Taught In

Fall 2012



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Course Description

This course provides a selective overview of electoral politics in the United States, with an emphasis on presidential and congressional elections. It examines the macro-level determinants of electoral outcomes as well as the political behavior of individual Americans. Each week covers a different topic, with readings designed to highlight controversies or debates in the political science literature.

Devin Caughey. 17.263 U.S. National Elections, Fall 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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