GV481 Half Unit
Political Science and Political Economy
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Prof Torun Dewan
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Open to all MSc students in the Department of Government.
The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to political science and the ways in which it illuminates the political and policy processes of advanced liberal democratic states. The course focuses mainly on institutional public choice and positive political economy.
Theory of voting and party competition; collective action and interest groups; coalition theory and log-rolling; bureaucracy and economic approaches to organizations.
20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
Two problem sets to be submitted in week 5 and 9 of the MT. Two additional optional problem sets can also be submitted in weeks 3 and 7 of MT.
D. Mueller: Public Choice III; T. Persson and G. Tabellini: Political Economics; T. Besley: Principled Agents?
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2012/13: 26
Average class size 2012/13: 13
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving