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Advanced Topics in Political Science

Pol 202 Advanced Topics in Political Science

Class hours: 42

Credits (ECTS): 6

LM-SP Specializations in Governance of Commons and in Fraternity in the Res Publica

Year: 1st

Terms: 3rd–4th

Course held in Italian

The course aims to study the democratization processes in the different areas of the world and, subsequently, the transformations of the representative democratic model. In the first part, a series of seminars will focus on the following topics, with the contribution of experts and case studies: 1. Definitions and indices of democracy, 2. Parliaments and parties, 3. Voting, representation and accountability, 4. Disintermediation and “audience democracy”, 5. Role and functions of public administration, 6. Science, uncertainty and deliberation.

In the second part, starting from participatory and deliberative democracy’s research, the course will analyze the growing demand for political subjectivity of the inhabitants of cities and territories, both where democratic institutions are more stable and where they are being consolidated. We will examine processes and tools, increasingly widespread today, that seek a more continuous and content-rich relationship between civil society and political institutions, and thus question the traditional statute of modern democracy.

The reading of political processes will be addressed in the light of some emerging categories, in particular the universal fraternity which inspires a specific political vision, with the aim of operationalizing its application and helping to progressively develop new organizational models.

Bibliographical references:

  • MORLINO L., BERG-SCHLOSSER D., BADIE B., Scienza politica. Una prospettiva globale, Novara 2017.
  • RANIOLO F., La partecipazione politica, Bologna 2008.
  • FLORIDIA A., La democrazia deliberativa: teorie, processi e sistemi, Roma 2012.
  • ROPELATO D. (a cura di), Democrazia intelligente. Attori e processi della partecipazione, Roma 2010.
  • Other material will be made available during class.

English language students can use:

  • MORLINO L., BERG-SCHLOSSER D., Badie B., Political Science: A Global Perspective, Sage 2017.

Professor Daniela Ropelato

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