Professor Bickers studies subnational politics and campaigns and elections. He has examined the impact of economic performance on presidential election outcomes at the state level. He also is examining the impact of federal distributive policies on politics at the local level, in particular the choices of local office holders to seek higher offices. He is co-authoring a book that focuses on electoral and mobility options that citizens have for registering discontents over policy performance at the local level and what this means for politicians who seek to act strategically.
politics, campaigns and elections, electoral turnover and exiting behavior, local politics, distributive and environmental politics
PSCI 3011 - The American Presidency and the Executive Branch
Examines the constitutional, institutional and historical development of the presidency and the federal bureaucracy. Explores the changing role of the executive branch in the U.S. political system over time and competing views of executive power.
PSCI 3021 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections
Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022
Introduces students to the subjects, techniques, and findings of Political Science research on campaigns and elections. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of voting, campaign effects, partisan coalitions, electoral rules, campaign finance, and the policy impact of elections. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
PSCI 7126 - Introduction to Public Policy
Designed for graduate students specializing in the field of public policy in the political science program. Surveys a wide variety of approaches to the analysis and understanding of public policy. The course is not a survey of any particular set of substantiative policy areas but instead is intended as an examination of the enduring puzzles that analysts of public policy commonly confront, the kinds of research methodologies that they employ, and a selection of the techniques that they bring to bear on their research questions.
PSCI 7151 - American Subnational Politics and Government
Fall 2018 / Spring 2021
Provides a comprehensive overview of the issues and literature concerning American Subnational politics. Considers three bodies of literature: American federalism and intergovernmental relations, state politics, and urban/local politics. Also examines a number of policy issues.