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Electorate, Political Parties and Party Systems



The purpose of this seminar is to provide knowledge and insights into the triangle: electorate – political parties – party system. During the seminar we will examine these three concepts theoretically and empirically and investigate the connections between them. More specifically, we will discuss themes such as patterns of electoral behaviour; alignment and re/dealignment processes; models of political parties; change and stability in the party system; candidates selection and e-voting. The seminar will focus on industrialized, democratic countries over different periods of time.

Method of instruction

Discussions and presentations.


Several book chapters and articles, TBA.


Class participation; five critical review (short) papers; one presentation; and one research paper.

Deadline final paper: 30 October 2010


With the exception of the second meeting, all meetings are in room 13.26 building Stichthage, The Hague
Tuesday 14 September from 20.15-22.00
Tuesday 21 September from 18.00-19.45 and 20.15-22.00 (in room 13.06 building Stichthage, The Hague)
Saturday 25 September from 10.00-12.00
Tuesday 28 September from 20.15-22.00
Tuesday 5 October from 20.15-22.00
Saturday 9 October from 10.00-12.00
Tuesday 12 October from 20.15-22.00
Tuesday 19 October from 20.15-22.00
Tuesday 26 October from 20.15-22.00