Checking date: 03/05/2018

Course: 2023/2024

Political representation and electoral analysis
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2013 Study Plan) (Plan: 306 - Estudio: 283)

Coordinating teacher: ORRIOLS GALVE, LLUIS

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
History of the Contemporany Electoral and Political Processes Actors and Political Behaviour I Actors and Political Behaviour II
- Knowing and being able to analyze the different conceptions and models of political representation, in its theoretical foundations, dimensions and roles. - Knowing and being able to analyze the electoral systems, both in its elements, founctioning and political consequences. - Knowing and being able to analyze the main variables and patterns of electoral behavior. - Knowing and being able to use the analitical frameworks to analyze the electoral behavior.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Unit 1. Democracy and political representation: theoretical foundation, dimensions and representational roles. Measuring empirically political representation models. - Unit 2. Electoral systems: objetives and elements. - Unit 3. The political consequences of electoral systems. Types of electoral systms. - Unit 4. The electoral process and its functions. - Unit 5. The analysis of the vote: cleavages and predispositions. Cleavage voting and issue voting. Change and continuity in electoral behavior. The dimensions of the vote.
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. Some sessions will be developped in the computing laboratories. 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

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.