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210116 VO M7: SpezialVO State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2020W)

The policy of the executive

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft

Die Lehrformate für das WS (digital, hybrid, vor Ort) befinden sich in Entwicklung. Die Lehrenden werden die geplante Organisationsform und Lehrmethodik auf ufind und Moodle bekannt geben. Aufgrund von Covid19 muss mit kurzfristigen Änderungen in Richtung digitaler Lehre gerechnet werden.

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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture provides an overview of governments in modern democracies. It explains central concepts in this research field and addresses the following topics: the shaping of the modern executive, governments under different regime types, the political sociology and political psychology of the executive, government formation, political parties and executive autonomy, the politics of government coalitions, government capacity and performance, and modern challenges to government.

The lecture will be pre-recorded on video (.mov) and made available for download via Moodle. Each teaching unit will be broken down in several sub-units. Teaching units are defined by contents and may cover more than one lecture unit. In addition the Powerpoint presentation will be made available via Moodle (.pdf). Students may ask questions via Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination

The examination will be held electronically and is designed as “open book exam”, i.e. you are allowed to use books, Powerpoint presentations and your own notes. It is not allowed in incorporate other individuals. By submitting your examination you confirm that you have elaborated the answers exclusively by yourself (with using the allowed means). Note that the University if Vienna’s rules of plagiarism also apply to this examination, including that you are obliged to mark quotations and provide the sources and to provide the sources for information incorporated into your answers. Technically the examination will be conducted that candidates must register for the examination on the University of Vienna’s examination system (pay attention to deadlines!). Only those registered for the examination can participate. On examination day you need to confirm your participation. Only confirmed participants can take part of the examination. All confirmed candidates will be graded. After confirmation of participation you will receive the examination questions and have a time window to elaborate the questions and to upload your answers to Moodle and send them per e-mail to wolfgang.mueller@univie.ac.at.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

51 (of 100) points in the written examination. Scheme for grading: 1–50 points: 5, 51–60 points: 4, 51–60 points: 3, 71–75 points: 2, 86–100 points: 1.

Examination topics

Contents of the lecture and compulsory readings. Compulsory readings will be published in conjunction with teaching each unit.

Reading list

Bergman, Torbjörn, Alejandro Ecker, and Wolfgang C. Müller (2013). How Parties Govern: Political Parties and the Internal Organization of Government, in Wolfgang C. Müller and Hanne Marthe Narud (eds.), Party Governance and Party Democracy. New York: Springer, 33–50.
Müller, Wolfgang C. (2017). Governments and bureaucracies, in Daniele Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edition.
Strøm, Kaare, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Daniel Markham Smith (2010). Parliamentary Control of Coalition Governments. Annual Review of Political Science, 13, 517–535.

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