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040297 KU Political Economy (MA) (2021W)

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

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course starts on Thursday, Oct 7, 2021, ends on Thursday, Jan 27, 2022, and consists of 24 lectures of 90’.

Thursday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 08.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 15.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 21.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 22.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 29.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 04.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 05.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 11.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 12.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 25.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 26.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 02.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 03.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 10.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 17.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 13.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 14.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 20.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 21.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 27.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 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 (30%, individual or in groups), 4 Paper summaries (30%, individual), and 1 Presentation (40%, individual or in groups). Participation is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.

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 (applied microeconometrics), and game theory.

Examination topics

Theoretical: Electoral competition, Lobbying and collective action, Political agency, Partisan politicians.
Empirical: Persuasion and mobilization, Media and the political process, Globalization, immigration and vote.

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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