GV454 Half Unit
Parties, Elections and Governments
This information is for the 2023/24 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), MSc in Political Science (Political Behaviour) and MSc in Political Science (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 Winter Term. There is a reading week in Week 6 of the WT.
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).
Student performance results
(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2022/23: 13
Average class size 2022/23: 13
Controlled access 2022/23: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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