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National and European Political Parties

Code 15458
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements N.a.
Learning outcomes This course unit aims to familiarise the students with the origins of the political parties and the pressure groups, with both their organisational structures and ideological profiles. The interaction between political parties will be approached within the framework of the political systems study. The CU will provide the students with a strong theoretical preparation that will enable: to understand the role of the political parties and the pressure groups: to read the signs through the observation in the field; to integrate the political parties and the pressure groups in typologies and anticipate future behaviours; to recognise and assess the agency’s multi-fold structural constraints, in the precise case of the political and pressure organisations; to understand the functioning of the structure-agency within the party systems; to handle the technical vocabulary of the unit in what concerns both the written and oral expression.
Syllabus 1. Brief introduction to the political parties; 1.1. Parties: what they are and what they do; 1.2 The Left, the Right and political competition; 1.3 Vulnerability of the political parties; 2. Political Parties types and functions; 2.1 Cadre parties; 2.2. Mass-based parties; 2.3 Parties of ethnical inspiration; 2.4 Party-electorate; 2.5 Party-movement; 2.6 The Portuguese case; 3. Political parties dynamics; 3.1 Party and State; 3.2 Cartel parties; 3.3 The Portuguese case; 4. Party systems; 5. Party systems in Europe; 6. Political parties at the European level.
Main Bibliography Almeida, D. (2012), The Impact of European Integration on Political Parties. Beyond the Permissive Consensus. Oxon: Routledge; Coelho, M. (2014). Os partidos políticos e o recrutamento do pessoal dirigente em Portugal. Lisboa: Europress; Detterbeck, K. (2012), Multi-Level Party Politics in Western Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan; Jalali, C. (2007). Partidos e democracia em Portugal 1974-2005. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais; Lisi, M. (2011). Os Partidos Políticos em Portugal – Continuidade e Transformação. Coimbra: Almedina; Stock, M. (2007). Velhos e novos atores políticos. Partidos e movimentos sociais. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The course unit will be taught in the form of seminars. Each seminar requires the preparation of a previously distributed text and the discussion, in the classroom, of the questions addressed by the text. The weekly performance of each student will be evaluated and publicized. Students submitted to continuous assessment.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-14

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