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POL 101 - American Government - Textbook

Resources supporting POL 101 students at Hostos Community College.

Learning Outcomes

  • To breakdown and appraise the two party system
  • To understand the 3 main functions of parties: party organization, party in the electorate, and party in government
  • To analyze the rise of divided government and party polarization
  • To understand the impact of interest groups on public policy and how they influence Congress, the executive branch, and the courts
  • To evaluate the benefits and costs of interest groups and lobbying

American Government Textbook (OpenStax)

Political Parties (HarvardXEdX Lecture)

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Video lecture by Harvard Professor, Thomas Patterson, on Political Parties available on YouTube and his HarvardX/EdX page..

A Former Lobbyist Tells All (NPR)

NRA Under Fire

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Screenshot of the PBS video NRA Under Fire