The course introduces students to some of the basic theoretical ideas and research methods in modern political science, and how these ideas explain patterns of political behaviour, political institutions and policy outcomes.
This course may not be taken with:
- PS1114 Democratic politics and the state.
- Why are some countries democratic?
- Political Science Explanations and Methods
- Political Preferences and Voting Behaviour
- Political Parties and Electoral Systems
- Presidents and Parliaments, Coalitions and Single-Party Governments
- Federalism and Independent Institutions
- Economic Performance and Public Spending
- Environmental Protection and Migration
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:
- explain patterns of voting behaviour and party competition in different countries, and how electoral systems influence voters and parties
- explain how different institutional designs of democracy work
- describe how political science explains policy outcomes
- critically evaluate rational choice and institutional theories in political science
- explain the pros and cons of quantitative and qualitative methods in political science.
Unseen written examination (3 hrs).
- Clark, W.R., M. Golder and S.N. Golder (2009). Principles of Comparative Politics, Washington, DC: CQ Press.
Course information sheets
Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.