- Code POLS2130
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Political Sciences, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Shawn Treier
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course examines the application of public choice theory to problems in politics including political conflicts, decision-making, political institutions and ways of improving public policy making. Public choice theory seeks to account for the behaviour of individuals in non-market environments using simple models of political decision-making seeking to look beneath the surface phenomena of political institutions and processes to discover the mechanisms for which political outcomes emerge. It shows how well-meaning politicians and policies can end up with inefficient outcomes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Debate the assumptions and limitations of public choice theory and apply the ‘tools’ associated with the theory
- Use the core arguments of public choice and the principles of spatial analysis to explore and analyse political situations, institutions and complex political processes in liberal democracies
- Demonstrate the ability to think and write coherently, logically, and creatively about public choice and politics in the academic style associated with the discipline
Indicative AssessmentClass Participation10% (learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3)
Four (equally weighted, 5% each; 500 words each) Assignments: 20% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3)
Research Paper: (2000-2500 words) to 30% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3,)
Final Exam (3 hours): 40% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: combination of lectures and tutorials; and b) 104 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsKenneth A. Shepsle and Mark S. Bonchek Analyzing Politics London WW Norton
Dennis C. Muller Public Choice III Cambridge Cambridge University Press
Andrew Hindmoor Rational Choice Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
Tim Besley Principle Agents? Oxford: Oxford University Press
Torsten Perrsson and Guido Tabellini The Economic Effects of Institutions Cambridge: MIT Press
Hannu Nurmi Models of Political Economy London: Routledge
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