Universität Wien FIND

040297 KU Political Economy (MA) (2022W)

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

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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 consists of 24 lectures of 90’ that will take place in the Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz building.

Wednesday 05.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Thursday 06.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 12.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 13.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 19.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Thursday 20.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 27.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 03.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 09.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 10.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 16.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Thursday 17.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 23.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 24.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 30.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 01.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 14.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 15.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 11.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 12.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 18.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 19.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 25.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 26.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Why do people vote? Are elections a device through which voters discipline politicians? Or are they a way for voters to express their preferences? How can the media influence the political process? In this course we will try to answer such questions both theoretically and empirically.

In the first part of the course, we will introduce the workhorse models that will help participants to conceptualize the electoral process. We will build on that to analyze citizens’ participation and voting decisions, the incentives and constraints of policymakers, and how conflicts between groups 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. In this part of the course will discuss evidence on when and which campaign strategies work and the influence of 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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