GV454 Half Unit
Parties, Elections and Governments
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Torun Dewan
This course is available on the MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course focuses on key topics in political science concerning voting and representation. Topics covered include:
• Party and Candidate Strategy
• The Role and Origins of Parties
• Government Formation and Termination
• Electoral Systems: Franchise, Ballot, and Allocation formulas
• Political Careers
• Government Accountability
Examples will be drawn from a wide range of democracies.
This course is delivered through seminars totalling 20 hours across the Lent Term. Some or all of this teaching may be delivered through a combination of online and on-campus seminars. There is a reading week in week 6 of the LT.
In week 11 students will sit a two hour mock exam.
All students are expected to submit one non-assessed essay.
The course is focussed mainly on journal articles. However the following books are relevant to some of the topics covered
Gary Cox, Making Votes Count (1995); Gary Cox & Mathew McCubbins, Setting the Agenda (2005); George Tsebelis, Veto Players (2002); Kenneth Shepsle and Mark Boncheck, Analysing Politics (1997); Tim Besley, Principled Agents (2005); John Aldrich, Why Parties (1995); Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. Alastair Smith, Randolph Siverson and James Morrow, The Logic of Political Survival (2003); Giovanni Sartori, Comparative Constitutional Engineering (1997); Michael Laver & Norman Schofield, MultiParty Government: The Politics of Coalition in Europe (1990).
Online assessment (100%, duration: 7 days) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2020/21: 22
Average class size 2020/21: 11
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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