This seminar is shaped for beginners in political science (and for experienced students who need a "refresh"). Its aim is to make such beginners able to understand both American and European politics, thanks to a comparative approach.
- Political cleavages: Class cleavage, religious cleavage, territorial cleavage, new cleavages.
- Political parties: Party institutionalization, party functions, party systems.
- Interest groups: lobbying, unions, corporatism, networks.
- Vote: Voting process, electoral process, selection of the candidates, direct democracy.
- Parliaments: Representative function, decision-making function, function of oversight.
- Governments: Monist system vs. dualist system, governmental hierarchy, government management.
- State power vs. local powers: Centralized State, decentralized State, federal State, territorial political dynamics.
- Supreme Courts: Recruitment process, method of referral, proceedings, judgments, missions.