Seminar of comparative local politics

lspri2227  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar of comparative local politics
5.00 credits
15.0 h
The seminar aims at introducing students to the functioning and main issues of local politics, institutions, elites, administration and citizens in a multi-level governance environment.
It relies on:
  • the collective discussion of readings on each of these topics.
  • the critical engagement of students with the readings through position papers.
  • the application of the course material in a country study presented by each student.
  • the further comparative examination of a specified issue of local politics in a term paper.
Teaching methods
The seminar is organised around different sessions during which readings on the following topics are discussed collectively:
  • Functions and working of local politics.
  • Local institutions and multi-level politics.
  • Local elites and parties.
  • Local administrations and policies.
  • Local citizens (participation).
To further deepen students' understanding and critical engagement with these topics, position papers, a case study presentation and a final paper are assigned.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation is based on active seminar participation, two position papers, a case study presentation and a final paper. There is no final exam.
Online resources
Cf. Moodle.
Bäck, H., Heinelt, H., & Magnier, A. (Dir.). (2006). The European Mayor: Political Leaders in the Changing Context of Local Democracy. Berlin: Springer.
Heinelt, H., Magnier, A., Cabria, M., & Reynaert, H. (Dir.). (2018). Political Leaders and Changing Local Democracy: The European Mayor. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
Verstraete, D., Devillers, S., Dandoy, R., Dodeigne, J., Jacquet, V., Niessen, Ch., Reuchamps, M. (2018). Les rôles, fonctions et choix politiques des bourgmestres en Wallonie et à Bruxelles. Courrier Hebdomadaire, CRISP, Bruxelles.
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Political Sciences: General