Parties, Voters and Elections

School: School of Government
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Tim Haughton

Parties, Voters and Elections - Dr Tim Haughton

This module examines three central components of political systems: parties, elections and voters. The module examines how parties are organized, financed and regulated before focusing on a variety of party systems from across the globe seeking to explain why they vary and what explains party system change. The module then examines different electoral systems and theories of electoral behaviour, before exploring the role played by political marketing and campaigns. The module concludes by reflecting on the role and future of political parties in modern democracies. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Identify, analyse and explain how parties are organized
  • Compare and contrast the form and content of party systems from a variety of different geographical regions
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate the impact of different electoral systems  
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate the main theories explaining voting behaviour and electoral performance. 

Assessment (from 2018-19)

  • 1 x In class test (formative)
  • 1 x 1000 briefing paper (25%)
  • 1 x 3 hour exam, (75%)