Electoral Studies - 2nd semester


a) To acquire an advanced knowledge of the main theoretical and methodological developments in elections and electoral behaviour research.
b) To discuss critically the basic concepts related to electoral studies.
c) To develop autonomy in research and oral and writing skills to disseminate research results and outcomes.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Marco Lisi


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





ALMEIDA (Pedro Tavares de), “Portugal”, in Dieter Nöhlen & Philip Stöver, eds., Elections in Europe: A Data Handbook, Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag, 2010, pp. 1525-1577.
CRUZ (Manuel Braga da), ed., Sistemas Eleitorais: o debate científico, Lisbon, ICS, 1998.
LEDUC (Lawrence) / NIEMI (Richard G.) / NORRIS (Pippa), eds. Comparing Democracies. New Challenges in the Study of Elections and Voting, Londres, Sage, 2002.
NORRIS (Pippa), Electoral Engeneering, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
FREIRE (André) / LISI (Marco) / VIEGAS (José Manuel Leite), eds. Crise económica, políticas de austeridade e representação política, Lisboa, Assembleia da República, 2015.

Teaching method

Lectures, discussion on specific topics and oral presentation of students’ papers.

Evaluation method

The evaluation is based on three elements: students´ attendance during the course and active participation in the class (35%), discussion and presentation of selected readings (15%) and a research paper based on a literature review or an empirical study (50%).

Subject matter

Democracy and elections. The historical development of the electoral process. Characteristics of electoral systems. The consequences of electoral systems. Electoral systems and political representation. Electoral system change and the Portuguese case. Theories of electoral choice. Continuity and change in the patterns of electoral behaviour. Elections and electoral behaviour in Portugal.


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