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BSPO 1845A - Elections and Political Representation: A Comparative Approach

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Elections are a key component of democracies. They play a central role in the process of political representation, by allowing citizens to choose their representatives and to hold them accountable. Participants in this course will become familiar with the main theories of electoral behaviour, party strategies, and political representation, and they will learn about the recent debates in this field of research. This course will give much importance to the comparative approach of elections and representation. Students will learn how institutions, party system characteristics, and other contextual factors influence and constrain the behaviour of citizens and parties, as well as the nature and quality of political representation.


LACHAT, Romain G. (Assistant professor in political behaviour at Cevipof, Sciences Po)

Required reading

Powell, Jr., G. Bingham. Elections as Instruments of Democracy: Majoritarian and Proportional Visions. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000 (selected chapters).