Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.
The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.
The focus of this course includes "the core concepts of the American system of government, the workings of its myriad of actors and agencies, the key components of “politics” in the American system,and how American government shapes and influences the individual freedoms and rights of its citizens."
This course will cover American political thought from the nation's early, formative years as a fledgling republic through the 1960s, exploring the political theories that have shaped its system of governance.
In Crisis of Nations, students learn how countries work together to solve international problems. As the leader of their own country, students will have to make tough choices about how to use military, espionage, and economic resources to serve both the best interests of their own country and the larger global community.
The Redistricting Game allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important (yet least understood) aspects of our political system. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, and allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides information about reform initiatives.
This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. An MIT Open Courseware class.
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic institutions of American government, especially as established in the constitution, and with an introduction to currents of thought among social scientists about the workings of U.S. politics. An MIT Open Courseware class.
This course will examine public opinion and assess its place in the American political system. The course will emphasize both how citizens' thinking about politics is shaped and the role of public opinion in political campaigns, elections, and government. An MIT Open Courseware class.