Models in political analysis

A.A. 2021/2022
Crediti massimi
Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
The course surveys approaches to and models of politics based on the rational-actor paradigm. The underlying assumption is that politics, like economics, may be described and understood in terms of rational, goal-seeking behaviour by individuals in various institutional contexts . The course's main emphasis is on analysing political phenomena, not judging them. In other terms the course does not deal with the normative attractiveness of alternative political procedures and different policy outcomes. Nevertheless during the course, the clear-cut presentation of the intended and unintended consequences of the individual and collective political behaviours will allow the students to judge and formulate their normative conclusions. The course aims also at improving the students' awareness that politics is mainly about strategic interaction, that institutions matter and that "irrational" and suboptimal collective outcomes are fully compatible with rational individuals.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course the student is expected 1)to be in condition to use the theoretical apparatus they have learned in order to read and interpret the historical and current political events. 2)To think in terms of expected utility and "strategically". 3)To represent in a policy space the decision making process of the main institutions of a democracy.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Secondo trimestre
The teaching activity will take place remotely via a zoom link that will be posted on the ariel website
The course is organized in three parts.

The first part of the course is dedicated to the assumptions of the rational choice theory, to the voting behaviour and to the voting outcomes within groups.
The second part deals with the dilemmas of the collective actions, the production of public good and the explanatory nexus between various political regime types and economic growth.
Third part is about the working of the main institutions of democracies
Political Science is a prerequisite
Metodi didattici
Lectures and class discussion
Materiale di riferimento
Attending Students
Required Readings: Kenneth A.Shepsle "Analyzing Politics" 2° ed. Norton , 2010
A complete syllabus will be delivered at the beginning of the course.
Non attending Students
Required Readings: Kenneth A.Shepsle "Analyzing Politics" 2° ed. Norton (2010); Mancur Olson "Power and Prosperity" Basic Books (2000)
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Attending Students
All students are expected to do all the reading for each class session and may be called upon at any time to provide summary statements of it.
Evaluation is based upon the regular participation in the classroom activities and a final written exam.
The final exam is equivalent to two-thirds of the assessment. The rest of the evaluation is based on active participation to lectures and student presentations of essays, articles and book chapters that are included in the syllabus.
The final written exam covers the entire syllabus, including readings that are presented by the students. It is composed of answers to multiple choice questions, short answers to open questions and problems with graphic solutions.

Non Attending students

Exam is written and covers the program for non attending students. It is composed of answers to multiple choice questions, short answers to open questions and problems with graphic solutions.
Lezioni: 60 ore
A causa dell'emergenza sanitaria il ricevimento in ufficio è sospeso . Avrà luogo il ricevimento tramite skype o telefono su appuntamento da prendere tramite email.
stanza 308, terzo piano, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche