Checking date: 03/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Elections and voters in Spain
Master in Political and Electoral Analysis (Plan: 385 - Estudio: 344)

Coordinating teacher: ORRIOLS GALVE, LLUIS

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


COMPETENCES THAT THE STUDENT ACQUIRES WITH THIS MATTER CB6: Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and / or application of ideas, often in a research context CB7: Students will know how to apply the knowledge acquired and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of ¿¿study CB8: Students will be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of formulating judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments CB9: Students will know how to communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and ultimate reasons that sustain them to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous way CB10: Students will have the learning skills that allow them to continue studying in a way that will be largely self-directed or autonomous. CG1: Ability to plan and carry out autonomously an investigation in the field of public opinion or political behavior. CG2: Ability to interpret and integrate information from the political and social environment in order to be able to effectively analyze from incomplete information contexts. CG3: Ability to apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge specialized in the discipline in a practical way to the current political and social phenomena. CG5: Ability to adequately convey in the analyzes the inherent uncertainty of political and social phenomena CG6: Ability to elaborate and communicate political analysis in a clear manner and present it to both specialized and non-specialized publics. CG7: Ability to demonstrate critical sense in the analytical arguments of their own as well as of others. CE6: Mastery of the theoretical and methodological tools to analyze the main determinants of political behavior (electoral and non-electoral) in the democracies of our environment. CE7: ¿¿Ability to analytically and professionally apply the latest advanced theories on the behavior of public opinion and new political and social phenomena. LEARNING RESULTS THAT THE STUDENT ACQUIRES -Advanced knowledge of the determinants of electoral behavior in Spain and in comparative perspective. -Acquisition of analytical tools to interpret the citizens' intention to vote among elections. -Understanding of the main political and electoral changes in Europe during the last decades. -Ability to understand and analyze electoral behavior from a spatial perspective. -Capacity to place Spain in the European context: common and idiosyncratic factors. -Knowledge of explanatory theories of political participation: individual, social and institutional backgrounds. -Acquisition of analytical tools to analyze and interpret non-electoral political behavior. -Understanding of the consequences of the emergence of new forms of participation, the compatibility between different forms of participation and the specialization of the participants. -Interpretation of the different forms of participation, the profile of activists and the role of social mobilization networks. -Knowledge of the main features that define Spanish public opinion. -Capacity to analyze the attitudes and opinions of citizens with the use of survey data. -Understanding of the processes of change in public opinion. -Knowledge of the role of information and political information for the attitudes and behavior of citizens. -Use of tools for ecological inference and electoral cartography
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Elections and voters in Spain (code 4.1): 1. The dynamics of rupture and consolidation of the Spanish party system. 2. Advanced tools to study the determinants of voting in a context of volatility and political change. 3. Nationalist polarization and its influence over the vote. 4. Electoral behavior and attribution of responsibilities in a multilevel context. 5. Top-down or bottom-up ?: Analysis of how new and old strategies adapt to changes in Spanish public opinion and how new and old parties shape public opinion in Spain.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Anduiza, E. & Bosch, A.. Comportamiento Político y Electoral. Ariel. 2004
  • Barreiro, B.. La progresiva desmovilización de la izquierda en España: un análisis de la abstención en las elecciones generales de 1986-2000. . Revista Española de Ciencia Política, núm. 6: pp. 183-205.. 2002
  • Bartels, L.. The Study of Electoral Behavior. En: Jan E. Leighley (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. . Oxford University Press. 2008
  • Blais, A.. To vote or not to vote. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. . 2000
  • Curtice, J.. The State of Election Studies: Mid-Life Crisis of New Youth?. Electoral Studies 21: 161-168. 2002
  • Gallego, A., Anduiza, E. & Rico, G.. La participación electoral en las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2009. . La participación electoral en las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2009. En: Torcal, M. y J. Font (Eds.) Elecciones Europeas 2009. CIS, Madrid.. 2012
  • Lago, I & Martínez-i-Coma, F.. Apuntes sobre el estudio del comportamiento electoral en España.. Revista de Estudios Políticos, vol. 161, pp. 69-91.. 2013
  • Lago, I & Montero, J.R.. Participación y resultados electorales en España. . Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, núm. 130: pp. 97-116..
  • Lago, I & Montero, J.R.. Participación y resultados electorales en España. . Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, núm. 130: pp. 97-116..
  • León, S. & Orriols, Ll. . Asymmetric federalism and economic voting. . European Journal of Political Research, vol. 55, pp. 847-865. 2016
  • Orriols, Ll. & Balcells, L. . Party polarisation and spatial voting in Spain.. South European Society and Politics, vol. 17, pp. 393-409.. 2012
  • Orriols, Ll. & Martínez, A.. The role of political context in voting indecision.. Electoral Studies, vol. 35, pp. 12-23. . 2014
  • Pallarès, F. . Elecciones autonómicas 2009-2012. Madrid: CIS.. CIS. 2014
  • Ramiro, L. & Gómez, R. . Radical Left Populism during the Great Recession: Podemos and Its Competition with the Established Radical Left. . Political Studies 65: 108-126. 2017
  • Torcal, M. & Font, J.. Elecciones Europeas 2009. CIS. 2012

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