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210150 SE M7: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2021W)

Comparative health policy , health reform in Austria and internationally

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

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max. 50 participants
Language: English



MO 08.11.2021 08.00-14.45 Ort: Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock;
DI 09.11.2021 08.00-11.15 Ort: Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß;
DI 09.11.2021 13.00-18.15 Ort: Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß;
MI 10.11.2021 08.00-16.35 Ort: Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock;
DO 11.11.2021 08.00-11.15 Ort: Hörsaal 50 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 8


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course Description This course addresses the dynamics of political competition in European democracies. First, it concentrates on political parties as the central actors summarizing and translating individual preferences into political platforms, debated in the public sphere, and contested at the ballot boxes and on parlia mentary floors. The course addresses the historical development of political parties, it questions the bases for ideological formation, as well as the strate gies parties employ under different competitive conditions. Furthermore, the course addresses recent debates in the study of parties concerning the chang ing institutional and ideological features of party organizations. In doing this, it engages with questions about the passing or lasting role of social cleavages in political competition, the effect of value change, or the role of strategi cally calculating politicians. The course also considers the formation of voter preferences, and their subsequent vote choice. It thus connects the study of party ideology and strategy with the study of social cleavages and issue preferences among voters, drawing conclusions about the core functioning of democracy. The course presents the key theoretical approaches to the study of parties, party competition and vote choice in the form of reading discussion, lectures, debate. In addition, the course introduces some of the key approaches to the measurement and methods employed in the study of party competition, and asks students to engage in their own research based on these and other sources in the format of group and individual work.

Assessment and permitted materials

Evaluation The evaluation of the course will be based on active preparation and par ticipation (20%). I expect students to be have read the required reading(s) for each class, and be ready to engage in a discussion of the relevant topics. First, students will be asked to present a core reading for each session, and participate in leading the discussion in class – reading presentation and debate (30%). Second, each student will submit the final paper in the form of an essay (50%). The essay should engage with a specific topic of the course, and apply it to study political parties in a specific context, or in comparison across contexts. Session 4, focusing on the study of party competition may be useful for the specification of student topics.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Readings This document provides a list of readings for each class session. All required readings will be made available to the students in electronic format. I expect 1 all students to read the required readings prior to class. Students may wish to consult the additional readings for reference or when preparing their course study.

Association in the course directory

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