Seminário de Especialidade em Instituições e Processos Políticos (not translated) - 2nd semester


This course aims to offer a critical insight on most of the important works that have set the agenda in the study of political institutions. The course offers students not only the possibility to achieve a great acquaintance with the current literature on political institutions but also to deepen their knowledge on specific fields. At the end of the course students will be able to identify and discuss the relevant literature to which the research is responding, as well as to collect and analyse empirical data through an appropriate research design. These components will be crucial for the elaboration of the final essay that will be used to develop the research project for the PhD dissertation to be discussed by a jury.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Branco


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Dalton, Russell J. (2002), Citizen Politics. Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Western Democracies. Chatham (NJ): Chatham House Publishers.
Katz, Richard S., and William J. Crotty, eds. (2006), Handbook of Party Politics. London: Sage.
Lane, J.-E., and S. O. Ersson (1999), Politics and Society in Western Europe. London: Sage.
LeDuc, Lawrence, Richard G. Niemi, and Pippa Norris, eds. (2002), Comparing Democracies. London: Sage.
Rhodes, R.A.W., Sarah A. Binder, and Bert A. Rockman, eds. (2006), The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Teaching method

The course is structured in two components. The firs is based on sessions for the theoretical and empirical debate on the topics and readings previously assigned, while the second involves an individual tutorial orientation through regular meetings with the academic responsible.

Evaluation method

Evalution is based on a written essay (15-20 pages).

Subject matter

The syllabus of the course includes an overview of the core concepts and theories for the study of political institutions and specific readings to be selected according to the interests of the students. Some of the themes covered during the course focus on 1) the transformation of contemporary democratic institutions in comparative perspective, 2) the interaction between institutions, actors and political culture and 3) how institutions influence different political phenomena such as the decision-making process, the mechanisms of representation and the mobilization of civil society.


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