Checking date: 17/11/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Political actors and behaviour I
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (320)

Coordinating teacher: CLAVERIA ALIAS, SILVIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Political Analysis I
- Being able to explain the historical evolution of political parties, their types and their relations with each democratic model. - Knowing and being able to analyze the organizational structure of the political parties, as well as their interaction with society. - Being able to analyze the different functions political parties perform, both regarding institutions and society. - Being able to differentiate among different kinds of party systems in their main traits. - Knowing and being able to analyze the main characteristics and elements of interest groups and (new) social movements. - Being able to differentiate the main political collective actors regarding their main elements and characteristics.
Description of contents: programme
- Unit 1. Political parties: definitions and historical evolution. Party models and democracy; from cadre to cartel and movement-parties. - Unit 2. The functions of political parties regarding institutions and society. - Unit 3. The organization and structure of political parties: ideology, members, resources and faces of parties; dominant coalition and territorial structure. The finances of political parties. - Unit 4. Democracy in political parties: the making of political platforms and the selection of party officials and electoral candidates. - Unit 5. Democracy and party systems: definition and typologies. Stability and change. - Unit 6. Political leadership. - Unit 7. The (new) social movements: evolution, traits, movilization patterns and interaction with the political system. New social movements and social networks. - Unit 8. Mass media. - Unit 9. Interest groups.
Learning activities and methodology
In lecture sessions the teacher will explain the main foundations of each unit. Some resources could be recommended to complete the explanation of each unit. Work in seminar sessions will deal with comparing and analyzing cases suggested by the lecturer. Some sessions will be developed in the computing laboratories. The lecturer will assign reading materials (on which test could be implemented), as well as suggest the resources and references to be used by the students prior to each seminar session. 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
Basic Bibliography
  • Dalton, R. J., y M. P. Wattenberg. Parties without partisans: political change in advanced industrial democracies. . Oxford University Press. 2000
  • Duverger, M. Los partidos políticos. . Fondo de Cultura Económica. . 2002
  • Katz, R. S. y W. Crotty (eds.) . Handbook of Party Politics. Sage. 2006
  • LaPalombara, J., and Weiner, M. (eds.) . Political Parties and Political Development.. Princeton University Press.. 1966
  • Mair, P. (ed.). . The West European Party System. Oxford University Press. 1990
  • Montero, J. R., R. Gunther y J. Linz . Partidos políticos. Viejos conceptos y nuevos retos. Trotta. 2007
  • Panebianco, A. . Modelos de partido. Alianza. 2003
  • Sartori, G. . Partidos y sistemas de partidos. . Alianza. 1997
  • Von Beyme, K. Partidos políticos en las democracias occidentales. CIS. 1986
  • Ware, A. . Partidos políticos y sistema de partidos. . Istmo. 2004
Additional Bibliography
  • Casal-Bertoa, F. y G. Scherlis. Partidos, sistemas de partidos y democracia. Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires. 2015
  • Daniel C. Hallin & Paolo Mancini. Sistemas mediáticos comparados: tres modelos de relación entre los medios de comunicación y la política. Hacer. 2008
  • Daniel Ziblatt. Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy. CUP. 2017
  • Donatella della Porta & Mario Diani. Los movimientos sociales. CIS. 2011
  • Joaquim Molins, Luz Muñoz y Iván Medina. Los grupos de interés en España. Tecnos. 2016
  • Manuel Castells. Redes de indignación y esperanza. Alianza Editorial. 2012
  • McAdam, D., J.D. McCarthy y M.N. Zald . Movimientos sociales, perspectivas comparadas. Istmo. 1999
  • Sidney Tarrow. El poder en movimiento. Alianza Universidad. 1997
  • Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, & Thomas Poguntke. Organizing Political Parties, Representation, Participation and Power. OUP. 2017
  • William P. Cross & Jean Benoit Pilet. The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective. OUP. 2016
  • Xavier Coller, Guillermo Cordero y Antonio Jaime-Castillo. The Selection of Politicians in Times of Crisis. Routledge. 2018

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