Not available in 2016/17
Advanced Topics in Government: Executive Politics

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Lodge


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and International Relations and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is not available to General Course students.

This course is capped at one group. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 2 October 2015.


GV101 or GV100 or equivalent

Course content

This course offers an advanced consideration of select key themes in the study of executive politics. It focuses on the changing conditions in which politics takes places (demographic change, sovereign debt crisis, environmental change and societal values) and considers how these changes impact on national executives.


20 hours of classes and 2 hours of workshops in the MT. 20 hours of classes and 2 hours of workshops in the LT.

The workshops will introduce and provide support for the assessed coursework projects.

Formative coursework

Three formative essays (2500 words) and project proposal for assessed essay component.

Indicative reading

Hood, C (2011) The Blame Game, Carpenter, D (2010) Reputation and Power, Lewis, DE (2009) The Politics of Presidential Appointments, Lodge, M and Wegrich, K (2012/eds) Executive Politics in Times of Crisis.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (50%, 2500 words).

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2015/16: 15

Average class size 2015/16: 29

Capped 2015/16: Yes (15)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving