- 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 2021
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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:
- 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; and
- demonstrate the ability to think and write coherently, logically, and creatively about public choice and politics in the academic style associated with the discipline
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Four assignments (500 words each) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research Paper (2000-2500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final Exam (3 hours) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kenneth A. Shepsle Analyzing Politics London WW Norton 2ed
Andrew Hindmoor and Brad Taylor Rational Choice Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2nd
Dennis C. Muller Public Choice III Cambridge Cambridge University Press
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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