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210158 SE M7: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2018W)

Party Politics and Public Policy

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

A registration via u:space during the registration phase is required. Late registrations are NOT possible.
Students who miss the first lesson without prior notification will lose their seat in the course.

Follow the principles of good scientific practice.

The course instructor may invite students to an oral exam about the student’s written contributions in the course. Plagiarized contributions have the consequence that the course won’t be graded (instead the course will be marked with an ‘X’ in the transcript of records).


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English



Tuesday, 6 November 11:30 – 13:00
Wednesday, 7 November 9:45 - 11:15
Wednesday, 7 November 11:30 – 13:00
Thursday, 8 November 9:45 - 11:15
Thursday, 8 November 11:30 – 13:00

Tuesday 20 November 9:45 - 11:15
Tuesday, 20 November 11:30 – 13:00
Wednesday,21 November 9:45 - 11:15
Wednesday, 21 November 11:30 – 13:00
Thursday, 22 November 9:45 - 11:15
Thursday, 22 November 11:30 – 13:00

Ort: Institut für Staatswissenschaften, Rooseveltplatz 3, 1. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to link public policies and policy-making processes to party politics. The course takes a comparative angle and will look at how party politics and party preferences interfere with public-policymaking and how diverging political ideologies influence and shape public policies. During the seminar, we will discuss whether and why governments indeed respond differently to essentially similar policy problems and current (economic) challenges (e.g. unemployment, financial crisis, globalization, immigration, etc.). We will also look into how and whether the relationship between party politics and policies has evolved and changed over time and assess the question whether the great recession has led to a new style in policy-making and governance. The course draws on a large literature situated at the intersection between party politics, political economy and comparative politics and aims at integrating popular readings and examples from a variety of countries. In addition to discussing the theoretical linkages between political parties and policies, we will also look into how scholarly research has operationalized this nexus and how attempts to measure policy positions and party ideology have evolved over time. While the seminar is rooted in a vibrant scholarly field, I expect participants to familiarize themselves with various primary sources illustrating political discourses over public policies (ranging from newspapers, to parliamentary debates, public opinion polls, party statements, statements by influential vested interest groups etc.). Engaging with thesematerials should not only help participants to link scholarly contributions with `real world' examples but also prepare students to work on their take home assignments and papers

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment is by (i) presentation of draft cases in class and (ii) research papers of 3 000 words.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students must read set papers (usually 3) in advance of each class, and attendance is required in all course units. Students are free to develop case study projects according to their interests and experience: case studies submitted for assessment must include an element of empirical research, theorised appropriately in terms of the framework set by the course.

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