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KEUR 2280A - The Changing Face of Politics

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course reflects on recent crucial changes that have affected politics in recent years and the ways in which Western European publics relate to all things political. Through an analysis of changing modes of political participation between apathy and engaged consumerism, of the role of political ideologies in a shifting political landscape where messages travel between Left and Right, the rise of new global issues such as climate change, and the use of political technologies that change the relationship between politics and citizens, we attempt to analyse the changing face of politics in what has frequently been described as an antipolitical age.


  • ANDERSSON, Jenny (Research director CNRS, CEE - Sciences Po)
  • FAUCHER, Florence (Research director CEE, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Each session will start with a case study, which is an analysis of a particular phenomenon or a particular set of events/documents/political developments. A case presentation is not a theoretical and general presentation on the topic for the class but indeed a case, or point of entry, into the issues, theories, approaches that will be then discussed. The bibliography for the case study can include – but should not be limited to – the required readings for the session. Case presentations should last a maximum of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Course validation

Students will be assessed on participation in seminar discussions (20%), the presentation of a case illustrating the topic of a session (40%) and on an end of semester essay (40%).


We provide compulsory readings for each session. Students will be asked to discuss these readings. Participation is assessed in quality (rather than on quantity), so coming prepared to each session will help you engage with the case study and the material discussed in class. Required readings are set for each session.

Required reading

Van Deth “New modes of participation and norms of citizenship”, in van Deth and Maloney New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society. Professionalization and individualized collective action, Routledge. Jan 2012

Additional required reading

  • Alex V. Barnard, “Making the City “Second Nature”: Freegan “Dumpster Divers” and the” Materiality of Morality””, AJS Volume 121 Number 4 (January 2016): 1017–50
  • Brian D. Loader, Ariadne Vromen & Michael A. Xenos (2014) “The networked young citizen: social media, political participation and civic engagement, Information”, Communication & Society, 17:2, 143-150, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.871571
  • Blyth, Mark and Katz, Richard. "From catch all parties to cartelisation. The political economy of the cadre party"; West European Politics, 28:1; 30-60, 2005
  • Mouffe, Chantal. “The radical center. A Politics without adversary”, in Soundings, issue 9, summer 1998, p. 11-23