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The Electoral College: Boon or Bane?

James Ingram, PhD

Critics of the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections have attacked the Electoral College as obsolete and undemocratic. For them, it is a time bomb that threatens our democracy. In reality, it has successfully ensured that a majority of our states continue to choose presidents, when almost one-third of presidential elections have not produced a popular-vote majority. Reform efforts have no successful model and could backfire. This class will examine the origins, development, and consequences of our Electoral College system.

Instructor: James Ingram earned his PhD from UC San Diego and has been teaching since 1990. He has taught the American Presidency and the U.S. Constitution at UCSD and SDSU. His doctoral dissertation focused on local constitutional reform; as part of his fieldwork he worked for commissions in Los Angeles and San Diego and participated in giving both cities strong-mayor charters patterned on the U.S. presidency.

Coordinator: Ira Nelson

Course Number: OSHR-70146   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
07/19/2017 In-class 125124 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla