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040297 UK Political Economy (MA) (2019W)

Track in Policy Evaluation

8.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course starts on Tue, Oct 8, 2019, ends on Thu, Jan 30, 2019, and consists of 24 lectures of 90'.

Thursday 03.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 08.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 10.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 15.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 17.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 22.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 24.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 29.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 31.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 05.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 07.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 12.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 14.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 19.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 21.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 26.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 28.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 03.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 05.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 10.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 12.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 17.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 07.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 09.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 14.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 16.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 21.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 23.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 28.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Why do people vote? When can representatives exploit their power? Can elections discipline politicians? How can the media influence the political process? In this course we will try to answer such questions both theoretically and empirically.
We start by introducing the workhorse models that will help students conceptualize the political process. We will build on that to analyze citizens’ participation and voting decisions, the incentives and constraints of policymakers, and how conflicts over policy are resolved.
The empirical part of the course will focus on the rise of parties that escape the traditional, bipolar Social-Democrat/Christian-Democrat divide that has dominated European political throughout the second half of the 20th century, and polarization of US politics. The focus will be on the impact campaign strategies, the media, rising trade integration, and immigration on electoral outcomes.

Assessment and permitted materials

The evaluation of the course will be based on:
- 1 problem set counting for 20% of the grade;
- 4 paper summaries counting for 40% of the grade (10% each);
- 1 presentation counting for 40% of the grade.
Participation is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. There is no make-up exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Although the course is self-contained and concepts and methods are developed gradually, students should have a good background in microeconomics, empirical methods, and game theory.

Examination topics

Theoretical: Electoral Competition, Lobbying, Political Agency, Partisan Politicians
Empirical: Persuasion and mobilization, Media and fake news, Globalization, Immigration

Reading list

The presentation material is downloadable from the website of the course.
Throughout the theory course, we will follow:
- Persson, Torsten, and Guido Enrico Tabellini. Political economics: explaining economic policy (MIT press, 2002);
- Morton, Rebecca B. Analyzing elections (WW Norton, 2006);
- Anderson, Simon P., Joel Waldfogel, and David Stromberg. Handbook of Media Economics (Elsevier, 2015).
The reading list for the empirical part of the course is available on the Moodle page of the course.

Association in the course directory

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