Models of Electoral Behaviour Analysis

Course Information
TitleΜοντέλα Ανάλυσης Εκλογικής Συμπεριφοράς / Models of Electoral Behaviour Analysis
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgia Panagiotidou
Course ID100001306

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 28
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course the students: a) know the basic theoretical approaches to electoral analysis b) borounna apply theoretical models to empirical applications, c) better understand the theory of political parties and political representation
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Purpose of the course is to investigate the electoral behavior and parameters determining it . The course seeks both theoretical and empirical investigation of elections and electoral behavior , starting from the theoretical models proposed from the '40s to today in the U.S. and Europe . The course is structured into eight major topics taught in thirteen courses: 1. Introduction . The electoral geography , ecological models and the " human geography " of Siegfried. 2 . The School of Columbia and the initiation of quantitative survey 3. The School of Michigan and the theory of "party identification" 4. The School of Rational Choice. The "consumption model" in electoral behavior. 5. Sociological rational choice model and the European reality. The theory of political cleavages 6. The "heavy" variables in electoral behavior: Religion and class 7. The class vote and measurement methods in electoral research 8. The scales of political behavior and attitudes of the parties in these
Elections, Parties, Electoral Behavior, Elections Studies
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments27.51
Student Assessment
Student must produce an assignment which counts for 30% of the final grade in order to pass the lesson and afterwards thay have to take written exams which count for 70% of their final grade.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βερναρδάκης, Χρ. (2011): Πολιτικά Κόμματα, Εκλογές και Κομματικό Σύστημα – Οι μετασχηματισμοί της πολιτικής αντιπροσώπευσης 1990-2010, εκδ. Σάκκουλα, Αθήνα-Θεσσαλονίκη Mayer, N. κ.ά. (2005): Εκλογική Συμπεριφορά, Ιστορικές διαδρομές και μοντέλα ανάλυσης, εκδ. Σαββάλας, Αθήνα.
Additional bibliography for study
Alford, R.R. (1962). “A Suggested Index of the Association of Social Class and Voting”. Στο Public Opinion Quarterly, 26, 417-425. Alford, R.R. (1967). “Class voting in the Anglo-American political systems”. Στο Lipset S.M. – Rokkan S. (eds) Party System and voters alignments, New York: Free Press, 67-93. Blais, A. – Gidengil, El. – Nadeau, R. – Nevitte, N. (2001). «Measuring party identification: Britain, Canada and the United States». Στο Political Behavior, 1, volume 23, 5-21. Budge, I., Crewe, I. και Farlie, D. (επιμ.) (1976). Party Identification and Beyond. New York: John Wiley. Butler, D. και Stokes, D. (1974). Political Change in Britain, London: MacMillan. Campbell, A., Converse, P. E., Miller, W. E., και Stokes, D. (1960). The American Voter. New York: Wiley. Campbell, A., Gurin, G., και Miller, W. E. (1954). The Voter Decides. Evanston: Row Peterson. Converse, P. E., και Pierce, R. (1985). ‘Measuring Partisanship’. Political Methodology 11. Fiorina, M., P. (1981). Retrospective Voting in American National Elections. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. Franklin, M. N. (1985). The Decline of Class Voting in Britain. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Grunberg, G. & Schweisguth, E. (1990). «Libéralisme culturel et libéralisme économique». Στο CEVIPOF, Boy, D. & Mayer, N. (dir.), L’électeur français en questions, Paris: Presses de FNSP. Grunberg, G. & Schweisguth, E. (1997). «Recompositions idéologiques». Στο Boy, D. & Mayer, N. (dir.), L’électeur a ses raisons, Paris: Presses de FNSP. Harrop, Μ. και Miller, W. L. (1987). Elections and Voters: A Comparative Introduction. London: MacMillan. Inglehart, R. (1977). The Silent Revolution. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Inglehart, R. (1990). Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
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