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040297 KU Political Economy (MA) (2023W)

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 consists of 12 lectures of 180’ that will take place in the Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz building.

  • Tuesday 03.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 04.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Tuesday 24.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 25.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
  • Tuesday 14.11. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 15.11. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
  • Tuesday 05.12. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 06.12. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Tuesday 09.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 10.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Tuesday 23.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Wednesday 24.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
  • Thursday 25.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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 3 Problem sets (10% each, individual or in groups), 3 Paper summaries (10% each, individual), and 1 Presentation (40%, in groups). Participation is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. To pass the course, students have to successfully complete at least 50% of the assignments.

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 (Lectures 1-6): Electoral competition, Lobbying and collective action, Political agency, Partisan politicians.
Empirical (Lectures 7-12): 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.

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