14335.0207 23S 2SH PT Governments and Parliaments: Political Representation in Europe   Hilfe Logo

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Governments and Parliaments: Political Representation in Europe 
Summer semester 2023
Political Science
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Prüfungsart Äquiv. Vorauss.
laufend 2022/23
Doctoral studies
64 D57 Research in Management, Economics and Social Sciences - Social Sciences (HG-NRW)
64 D57 Research in Management, Economics and Social Sciences - Social Sciences (HG-NRW)
64 D57 Research in Management, Economics and Social Sciences - Social Sciences (HG-NRW)
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
auslaufend 2022/23
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
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Angaben zur Abhaltung
This seminar focuses on political representation and policy-making in representative democracies by investigating the role of political parties in government and parliament. The course consists of two parts. In the first part, we survey and discuss the literature, while the second part introduces an applied introduction to text-as-data methods in R for the study of political representation using legislative speeches. Questions that the course will address include: How do multiparty governments confront the challenges of joint policymaking? Why can minority governments be effective law-makers? Why are ministerial careers only weakly connected to patterns of government termination? When do opposition parties support governments? Do parliamentary speeches reflect political polarization? How do voters evaluate party performance? The sessions will consist of a mixture of theoretical grounding in the substantive literature and text analysis approaches and hands-on analysis of political speeches using the R package Quanteda.
This is an advanced seminar. Students must have completed the MA course in quantitative methods (or equivalent). Basic experience with R is expected. This is not an introductory seminar to R. All methods in this course will be implemented in R, using the R package Quanteda. In general, it is expected that students possess background knowledge at the level of the following textbook: De Vries, Hobolt, Proksch, Slapin. 2021. Foundations of European Politics: A Comparative Approach, Oxford University Press. The book is accessible electronically through the Politics Trove subscription of the university library.
• Develop capacity to understand and critically reflect on the main debates related to the study of governments and parliaments
• Learn how to use R to analyze political speeches and present the results appropriately
• Develop oral presentation skills
• Learn how to write an empirical research paper
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This module follows the portfolio model of examination, meaning you will complete several
assignments. You need to submit ALL assignments in order to receive a passing grade
Readings will be available as electronic articles through Ilias.
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