Checking date: 16/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Electoral analysis
Dual Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology (Plan: 406 - Estudio: 247)

Coordinating teacher: ORRIOLS GALVE, LLUIS

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Political actors Political behaviour
The lectures pursue the following aims: -The main theories and approaches to political representation. -The different pieces of electoral systemsfrom a theoretical and applied perspective ; The functioning and political effects of electoral systems. -The main theories of electoral behavior and the factors that influence voting behavior. -The relation between the determinants of electoral behavior and theories of democracy and representation.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Democratic theory and political representation: elections as an instrument of political representation 2.The electoral systems: the principle of representation and elements, types of electoral systems and their effects 3.Models of electoral behavior analysis 4. Determinants of electoral behavior: socio-economic position, identities and values, contextual factors 5. Research methods in electoral behaviour
Learning activities and methodology
In lecture sessions the teacher will explain the main foundations of each unit. Some resources could be assigned to students in order to prepare the course. Work in seminar sessions will deal with comparing and analyzing cases suggested by the lecturer. The lecturer will suggest the resources and references to be used by the students prior to each seminar sesión. Those resources will be written both in Spanish and English.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Arzheimer,K., Evans, J. & Lewis-Beck, M.. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour. SAGE. 2017
  • Bermeo, N. and L. Bartels. Mass politics in tough times. Oxford University Press . 2014
  • Campbell, A., Converse, P. E., Miller, W. E., & Stokes, D. E. . The American voter. Wiley. 1960
  • Farrell, David M. Electoral Systems: A Comparative Introduction. . St Martin¿s. 2001
  • Gallagher, Michael, and Paul Mitchell, eds. The Politics of Electoral Systems. . Oxford University Press. 2005
  • Penades, A. & J. M. Pavía. La reforma electoral perfecta. Catarata. 2016
  • Pitkin, H.. El concepto de representación. Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales. 1986
  • Przeworski, A.. Qué esperar de la democracia. Límites y posibilidades del autogobierno. Siglo Veintiuno Editores, . 2010
  • Przeworski, A., S. C. Stokes and B. Manin. Democracy, Accountability, and Representation. Cambridge University Press. 1999
  • Russel J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingeman (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Taagepera, R. y M. S. Shugart. Seats and Votes. The Effects of Electoral Systems. Yale University Press. 1989

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.