Camelot - A Role-Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

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CAMELOT introduces students the interactions of contending and contentious groups and individuals whose values and goals range from radical to reactionary. It addresses such issues as equal opportunity, right to life, freedom of expression, affirmative action, property rights, gay rights, and more. Students quickly learn that competing interests and viewpoints - with their varying degrees of organization and cohesiveness - make political decision-making complex, time consuming, exciting, and often difficult to predict.

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Part I. 1. Local Government: Why Study It? 2. Who Governs, and to What Ends? 3. The Legal Authority of Cities: Constraints and Powers. 4. Sources of Local Government Revenues and Their Constraints. 5. Organized Interests in the Decision-Making Process. 6. Implementing Democracy. 7. Forms of Local Government. 8. Land-Use Planning, Planning Departments, and Planning Commissions. Part II. 9. Introduction to Simulation. 10. Starting the Simulation. 11. Issues. 12. Reference Materials. 13. Elections. 14. Role Descriptions, Settings, and Lists of Duties.

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James R. Forrester has been a faculty member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at West Libery State College (West Virginia) since 1969. He received his Ph.D. in political science from West Virginia University in 1979. He is a member of the Bethany (West Virginia) Town Council and has been a presidential election consultant for WTOV ? Channel 0, Steubenville/Wheeling. His publications include GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN WEST VIRGINIA: READINGS, CASES AND COMMENTARIES, 5th edition, plus articles.

W. Robert Gump has been a member of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio) since 1962. He received a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He was admitted to practice at the Ohio Bar in 1952. Dr. Gump has served as chairman of the Oxford City Planning Commission, as a trustee for a local hospital, and as a consultant to the Charles F. Kettering foundation, the City of Dayton Charter Reciew Committee, the City of Middletown Charter Review Committee, and the City of Hamilton Charter Review Committee. His publications include ATLANTIS: ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATIONS FOR THE SUTYD OF AMERICAN POLITICS (with James R. Woodworth), plus articles.

James R. Woodworth has been a member of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio) since 1948. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has served in several administrative positions at Miami University, including the chair of the Department of Political Science, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. Dr. Woodworth has been a member of the Oxford City Council, chaired the Oxford Charter Commission and served as a trustee for a local hospital and as a consultant to the Fairfield (Ohio) Charter Commission. His publications include ATLANTIS: ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATIONS FOR THE STUDY OF AMERICAN POLITICS (with Robert Gump), PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE, plus articles.

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