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OAFP 5215 - European political behaviours

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course cover topics related to the study of political behaviours in Europe. The course focuses on political behaviours and political attitudes towards EU and European integration as well as political behaviours of Europeans in European and national elections. The end of the syllabus proposes an opening view to larger questions such as the impact of globalization on political attitudes and behaviours in Europe. These different aspects and topics will be connected even if treated separately. An important issue is be the question of the support and legitimacy processes of citizens towards EU: what are the main concepts and models proposed to explain the attitudes of European citizens towards EU? Is it a question of economic rationality? or is it a question of values and social or political attitudes ? Another important issue is about the different electoral processes involved by and in the EU: the European elections (those of June 2014 in particular: low turnout, rise of populist/ anti-EU parties, legitimacy of EP, democratic deficit), but also referenda and the issue of EU in national elections. The course covers also the impact of the economic “Great recession” since 2008 on the trust in the EU. The syllabus may be slightly modified to take into account specific demands of the students.


CAUTRES, Bruno (Researcher at CNRS and CEVIPOF, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Elective course with an interactive mode.

Course validation

Readings 30% of the final grade ; participation 10% of the final grade ; a written essay (5700 to 7200 words, ie 12 to 15 pages) 60% of the final grade.


One compulsory reading per week.

Required reading

  • LeDuc, L, Niemi, R, and Norris, P. 2010. Comparing Democracies 3: Elections and Voting in the 21st Century. London: Sage.
  • Van der Eijk, C, and Franklin, M. 2009. Elections and Voters. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bruter, M. and Harrison, S. 2009. The Future of our Democracies? Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Yves Deloye and Michael Bruter (ed) Encyclopaedia of European Elections.
  • Michael Bruter Citizens of Europe? The Emergence of a Mass European Identity.

Additional required reading

  • Inglehart, Ronald, and Christian Wenzel. 2005. Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence. Cambridge University Press.
  • Norris, Pippa, editor. 2002. Critical Citizens: Global Support for Democratic Governance. Oxford University Press.