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Political Economy


Funk P. F.

Course director


We analyze, based on theory and empirical evidence: 

  • How do voters make their political choices?
  • Why do citizens turn out to vote?
  • How do the parties determine their political platforms?
  • Which policies are implemented by the political parties?
  • How can political institutions (direct democracy, federalism) help to align parties' behavior to voter preferences?


The goal of this course is to to give an introduction into political economy. 

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Learning methods are lectures provided by the professor, combined with group-work by students.

Examination information

The final grade consists of a final exam, which counts 80%, and a student presentation (done in groups), which counts 20%.