Political Parties and Elections

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2
Term 2
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Politics and International Studies

Module overview

This module introduces electoral and party politics in modern democracies. It will involve the discussion of a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of parties and elections and assess their applicability to non-western cases.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Understand the functioning of democratic parties
  • Analyse how parties compete for votes
  • Understand the effect of different electoral systems
  • Test a range of political theories on parties and elections


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with:

  • 2 hour seminar per week 

Method of assessment

Assignment 1: Essay 10%
Assignment 2: Essay 80%
PR1: presentation 10%

Suggested reading

  • LeDuc, Niemi and Norris, Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in a Changing World (Sage)
  • Caramani, Daniele. (2011) Comparative politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Alan Ware. (1996) Political parties and party systems, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • McNair, An Introduction to Political Communication (Routledge 2011)
  • Lees-Marchment, Principles and Applications (Routledge 2009)


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