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210082 SE BAK13: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2019S)

Individual preferences and collective decision-making

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 11.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 18.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 25.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 01.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 08.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 29.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 06.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 13.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 20.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 27.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 03.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 17.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 24.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar, we deal with theories of collective choice. Collective decision-making is an essential element of politics. Politicians and citizens form and express preferences and then decide collectively in elections, referenda, in parliament and in the cabinet. Social choice theory shows the problems and pitfalls when individual preferences lead to collective choices. These decisions may be vulnerable to cycling majorities and strategic voting. Moreover, institutions (e.g. electoral systems) often matter for the actual outcome. We discuss the major theoretical expectations and apply them to empirical examples.

Assessment and permitted materials

In addition to attendance in class, there are three major assignments: an essay (final term paper; submitted until 31 July 2019; 50%), participation in class (30%), and an oral presentation (20%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

As an additional minimal requirement, students have to hand in four of the weekly assignments. You can only pass if certain minimal requirements (oral presentation held, four weekly assignments submitted in time, attendance, and submission of essay in time) are fulfilled.

Examination topics

all materials discussed and presented in class; mainly based on the book by Kenneth Shepsle

Reading list

Shepsle, Kenneth A. (2010) Analyzing Politics. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Association in the course directory

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