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Professor: B. Dan Wood; Office: 2098 Allen Building; Phone: 845-1610; EMAIL: bdanwood@polisci.tamu.edu. Office Hours: 2:30-3:00 TR.

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Topic

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Chapter

Assignments, Debate Topics, Due Dates, and Enrichment Web Links

8/29

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8/31

The Evolution of Government Involvement (to 1787)

Heilbroner/Milberg

Gosling/Eisner

1

1

Review the following links on government and the economy in ancient times: Egypt, Greece, Rome.

9/5

The Evolution of Government Involvement (to 1787 continued)

Heilbroner/Milberg

Wood

2, 3

Preface and 1

Read and Evaluate Federalist Papers: 45, 46.

9/7

The Evolution of Government Involvement (1787-1800)

Beard

Wood

Entire Essay

2

Madison's Notes on the Debates at the Federal Convention, May 31, August 7, September 17. Click here to access. Also, read Yates Notes on the Secret Debates at the Federal Convention, June 19. Click here to access.

9/12

The Evolution of Government Involvement (1800 to 1932)

Heilbroner and Milberg

Wood

4, 5, 6
 

3

Slavery History; Slavery Chronology; Library of Congress Slavery Narratives.

9/19

The Evolution of Government Involvement (1933 to Present)

Heilbroner and Milberg

Wood

7, 8, 9, 10


4,5

Debate Presentation: In what manner and to what extent should the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limit federal involvement in the economy?Antitrust Division of Justice Department; Federal Trade Commission

9/26

The Evolution of Government Involvement (1933-present continued)

Heilbroner and Milberg

Gosling/Eisner

Wood

12


10

6

Debate Presentation: Should the federal government limit through antitrust regulation those corporate activities that tend toward reduced market competition (e.g., mergers, monopoly, pricing constraints, or other anticompetitive practices)? Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Office of the Comptroller of Currency; Federal Reserve Bank System; Securities and Exchange Commission; Office of Thrift Supervision

10/3

Normative Considerations

Wood

7,8

Debate Presentation: In what manner and to what extent should the federal government regulate the securities, credit, and banking industries in the U.S.? Debate Presentation: In what manner and to what extent should the role of government be to protect property versus promote the general welfare of the community? Recommended: Wood, chapter 9.

10/10

Midsemester Examination

10/17

Macroeconomic Management: Fiscal Policy, Taxing and Spending

Gosling/Eisner

2, 3

Debate Presentation: Should management of fiscal policy (i.e., aggregate levels of taxation and spending) be placed under the control of a board similar in design to the Federal Reserve Board? Internal Revenue Service; Treasury Department; White House; National Economic Council; Council of Economic Advisors; Department of Commerce; Office of Management and Budget; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Census Bureau Economic Indicators

10/24

Macroeconomic Management: Monetary Policy

Gosling/Eisner

4

Debate Presentation: Should the Federal Reserve Board be made more accountable to the president and democratic institutions? Federal Reserve System

10/31

Macroeconomic Management: Deficits and Debt

Gosling/Eisner

5

Debate Presentation: Should the federal government be required to maintain a balanced budget, as is currently required in most of the fifty states? Department of Treasury

11/7

Microeconomic Management: Regulation

Gosling/Eisner

7

Debate Presentation: Should the U.S. do more to regulate pollution that causes global warming? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Council on Environmental Quality First draft of annotated bibliography due electronically before class on Tuesday, November 7.

11/14

Microeconomic Management: The Economics of Regulation

Gosling/Eisner

7

Debate Presentation: Should the U.S. more strongly regulate various types of discrimination against women, the elderly, minorities, and the handicapped? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; First Gov Listing Includes Many Regulatory Agencies.

11/21

Microeconomic Management: Social Policy

Gosling/Eisner

8

Debate Presentation: Should the U.S. use more social welfare programs to assure a minimum standard of living for all Americans? Administration for Children and Families ; Social Security Administration; Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Food and Nutrition Service

11/23

Thanksgiving Holiday: Football, Turkey, and Family. Have fun!

11/28

Microeconomic Management: Social Policy
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Gosling/Eisner

9

Debate Presentation: Should the U.S. support labor and working people by mandating a minimum wage indexed annually to inflation? National Labor Relations Board; Department of Labor

12/5

Finishing Up

No Readings

Final Revision of Annotated Bibliography is due electonically on Tuesday, December 5.

Final Exam: 1:00-3:00 pm Tuesday, December 12