Not available in 2019/20
GV482      Half Unit
Political Science and Political Economy: Advanced Topics

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Valentino Larcinese


This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy and Master of Public Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students should either have attended GV481 or be able to show a sufficiently strong background in political economy and in statistics in order to take this course.

Course content

This course presents cutting-edge research material on some specific topics. The topics vary each year and, in the past, have included identification and causality in empirical research, mass media and voting behaviour, the design of electoral systems, text analysis, the repeal of corn laws, deliberation and monetary policy. A number of guest teachers are invited each year to illustrate the state of the art in their research field and to cover some of their own research.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

There will be reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to give at least one presentation and to submit a piece of formative work (problem set/ essay)

Indicative reading

Mostly journal articles. The reading list varies each year.


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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