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Marc Meredith

Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Marc Meredith is an Associate Professor in Penn's Department of Political Science. Marc joined the department as an assistant professor of political science in 2009. He holds a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Science from Northwestern University, a MA in Economics from Northwestern University, a MA in Political Science from Stanford University, and a Ph. D. in Political Economics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Marc was a visiting lecturer of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Business and Public Policy Group in the Wharton School.

Marc’s research examines the political economy of American elections, with a particular focus on the application of causal inference methods. His substantive research interests include election administration, local political institutions, political campaigns, and voter decision-making, particularly as it relatives to economic conditions.  Marc’s research appears in Economics and Politics, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Political Analysis, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.  He teaches classes on business and politics, state and local government, and statistical methods.

Courses Taught

Instructor: Marc Meredith
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Day(s): Monday, Wednesday
On-Campus Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Course Description:

This course introduces students to the theories and practice of the policy-making process. There are four primary learning objectives. First, understanding how the structure of political institutions matter for the policies that they produce. Second, recognizing the constraints that policy makers face when making decisions on behalf of the public. Third, identifying the strategies that can be used to overcome these constraints. Fourth, knowing the toolbox that is available to participants in the policy-making process to help get their preferred strategies implemented. While our focus will primarily be on American political institutions, many of the idas and topics discussed in the class apply broadly to other democratic systems of goverment. The class will be a mix of lecture and cases. Cases are on a diverse set of policy topics, with a goal of illustrating braod themes about the policy-making process rather than the specifics of certain policy areas.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu