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210132 SE M11: Research Practice (2021W)

Comparison of constitutional policies

12.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work
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Details

max. 35 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 11.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 18.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 25.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 08.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 15.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 22.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 29.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 06.12. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 13.12. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 10.01. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 17.01. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 24.01. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Monday 31.01. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals:
The course (FoP) conveys the theoretical foundations of constitutional politics and guides the students to research topics in that field.

Topics:
The course answers the following questions: What are the tasks constitutions ought to fulfil in modern democracies? What are the different traditions of constitutional politics, how do states combine the need to allow for constitutional change with the protective function of the constitution? Which political functions do constitutions have, what are the goals of constitutional framers and reformers? How do constitutions differ in their structures and functions? How do processes of constitutional elaboration and enactment and constitutional reform unfold? What is the role of (constitutional) courts? Modern democracies differ considerably with regard to these issues.

Method:
In the course participants will work out how political systems differ with regard to the questions posed. The participants will collect relevant information on one or two states each in weakly research assignments to be discussed in the seminar. The seminar readings and the research assignments constitute the starting base for the course paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in discussion (20%), research tasks (40%), seminar paper (40%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(1) Regular participation (with a maximum of two missed units), active participation in discussions (precondition is the thorough reading of the class assignments) (20 %)
(2) Successful completion and timely handing-in of research tasks (40 %)
(3) Seminar paper of 7000–8000 words without list of references (40 %)

Examination topics

See Readinglist (Will be completed in the course of the seminar)

Reading list

Readinglist (Selection):
Cope, Kevin L. & Mila Versteeg (2015). Constitutions, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd ed. Vol. 4, 710-715.
Elster, Jon (1995). Forces and mechanisms in the constitution-making process, Duke Law Journal 45(2): 364–396.
Gavison, Ruth (2002). What belongs in a constitution? Constitutional Political Economy 13(1): 89-105.
Ginsburg, Tom (ed.). Comparative constitutional design. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Karlsson, Christer (2016). Explaining constitutional change: making sense of cross-national variation among European Union member states. Journal of European Public, 23(2): 255-275.
Lorenz, Astrid (2008). Verfassungsänderungen in etablierten Demokratien. Motivlagen und Aushandlungsmuster. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Lutz, Donald S. (1994). Toward a theory of constitutional amendment. American Political Science Review, 88(2): 355-370.
Moe, Terry M. (1990). Political institutions. The neglected side of the story. Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 6: 213-253.
Stone Sweet, A. (2000). Governing with judges. Constitutional politics in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Vanberg, Georg (2005). The politics of constitutional review in Germany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Vanberg, Georg (2015). Constitutional Courts in comparative perspective: A theoretical assessment. Annual Review of Political Science, 18: 167-185.
Versteeg, Mila & Emily Zackin (2016). Constitutions unentrenched: Towards and alternative theory of constitutional design. American Political Science Review, 110(4): 657-674.
Wheare, K.C. (1960). Modern constitutions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 32-51
Wolf-Phillips, Leslie (1972). Comparative constitutions. London/Basingstoke: Macmillan

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