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  1. Essential Reading 8 items
    Students are expected to read this material to gain essential understanding of the module content.
    1. The state: theories and issues - Hay, Colin, Lister, Michael, Marsh, David 2006

      Book Essential Reading

    2. Politics - Heywood, Andrew 2013

      Book Essential Reading

    3. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

      Book Essential Reading

    4. Theories of the state: the politics of liberal democracy - Dunleavy, Patrick, O'Leary, Brendan 1987

      Book Essential Reading

    5. Political analysis - Hay, Colin 2002

      Book Essential Reading

  2. Recommended Reading 122 items
    NB: This is your weekly guide to the lecture and seminar reading lists including your compulsory items! The weekly schedule here is based on lecture topics.
    1. Week 1 12 items
      Introduction - What is Politics?
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

          Book Essential Reading Introduction and Introduction to Part 1

        2. Political analysis - Hay, Colin 2002

          Book Essential Reading Chapters 1 & 2

      2. Further Reading 7 items
        1. Modern political analysis - Dahl, Robert Alan c2003

          Book Recommended Reading Chapters 1-3

        2. Key concepts in politics - Heywood, Andrew 2000

          Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 4. See especially Behaviouralism, Empiricism, Positivism, Political Science.

        3. The philosophy of social science: an introduction - Hollis, Martin 1994

          Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 3. Positive Science: the empiricist way.

        4. Readings in the philosophy of social science - Martin, Michael, McIntyre, Lee C. c1994

          Book Recommended Reading Part II "Explanation, prediction and laws. See also Nagel in Part VII.

        5. Designing social inquiry: scientific inference in qualitative research - King, Gary, Keohane, Robert O., Verba, Sidney 1994

          Book Recommended Reading

        6. What is politics?: the activity and its study - Alex Callinicos, Adrian Leftwich 1984

          Book Recommended Reading Read pages 1-18

      3. For critics of empiricist approach to social and political science see: 3 items
        1. Political analysis - Hay, Colin 2002

          Book Recommended Reading Chapter 1. Conclusion. See also pages 75-88.

        2. The science question in feminism - Harding, Sandra 1986

          Book Recommended Reading

    2. Week 2 12 items
      Institutionalism and the role of Institutions
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. Chapter 3: Interpretation and the institutionalization of meaning - James G. March, Johan P. Olsen 1989

          Chapter Essential Reading Chapters 1-3 are all useful

        2. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

          Book Essential Reading Chapter 3

      2. Further Reading 10 items
        1. Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms - Peter A. Hall, Rosemary C. R. Taylor 12/1996

          Article Recommended Reading

        2. Politics in time: history, institutions, and social analysis - Pierson, Paul c2004

          Book Recommended Reading Read the Introduction

        3. Structuring politics - Steinmo, Sven 1992

          Book Recommended Reading

        4. The Theoretical Core of the New Institutionalism - E. M. IMMERGUT 01/03/1998

          Article Recommended Reading

        5. Taking ideas and discourse seriously: explaining change through discursive institutionalism as the fourth ‘new institutionalism’ - Vivien A. Schmidt 2010

          Article Recommended Reading This article is available in the Article Collection on Level 1 of the Library.

        6. Power and Political Institutions - Terry M. Moe 2005

          Article Recommended Reading

    3. Week 3 13 items
      Behaviouralism, Trust and Social Capital
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. Contemporary political philosophy: an introduction - Kymlicka, Will 2002

          Book Essential Reading Read chapters 6 & 7

        2. Making democracy work: civic traditions in modern Italy - Putnam, Robert D., Leonardi, Robert, Nanetti, Raffaella, NetLibrary, Inc c1993 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Reading Chapter 6

      2. Further Reading 11 items
        1. Cooperation without trust? - Cook, Karen S, Hardin, Russell, Levi, Margaret 2005

          Book Recommended Reading

        2. Community - Delanty, Gerard 2010

          Book Recommended Reading Chapters 1 & 2

        3. Social capital - Field, John 2003

          Book Recommended Reading

        4. Trust: the social virtues and the creation of prosperity - Fukuyama, Francis 1996

          Book Recommended Reading

        5. Cultural theory and the new institutionalism - Grenstad, Gunnar, Selle, Per 1995

          Article Recommended Reading

        6. Trust: a sociological theory - Sztompka, Piotr, ebrary, Inc 1999 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended Reading

        7. Spheres of justice: a defense of pluralism and equality - Walzer, Michael c1983

          Book Recommended Reading Chapter 1

        8. Democracy and trust - Warren, Mark 1999

          Book Recommended Reading

    4. Week 4 12 items
      Ideologies and the Role of Ideas in Politics
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. Political analysis - Hay, Colin 2002

          Book Essential Reading Read Chapter 6

        2. Politics - Heywood, Andrew 2013

          Book Essential Reading Read Chapter 2

      2. Further Reading 10 items
        1. Contemporary political ideologies - Eatwell, Roger, Wright, Anthony 2000

          Book Recommended Reading

        2. Practising Ideology and Ideological Practices - Michael Freeden 06/2000

          Article Recommended Reading

        3. Political ideologies: an introduction - Heywood, Andrew 2003

          Book Recommended Reading Read chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4

        4. Key concepts in politics - Heywood, Andrew 2000

          Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 3.

        5. Concept Misformation in Comparative Politics - Giovanni Sartori Dec., 1970

          Article Recommended Reading

        6. The Nature of political theory - Miller, David, Siedentop, Larry, Plamenatz, John 1983

          Book Recommended Reading Please read Political Theory and Ideology: the case of the state by Siedentop.

        7. Meaning and context: Quentin Skinner and his critics - Tully, James c1988

          Book Recommended Reading Read Introduction and other essays

        8. Conclusion: Ideology Without End? - Andrew Heywood 2012

          Chapter Recommended Reading

    5. Week 5 16 items
      Rationality, Collective Action and Social Choice
      1. Primary Reading 3 items
        1. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

          Book Essential Reading Chapter 2.

        2. The logic of collective action: public goods and the theory of groups - Olson, Mancur 1971

          Book Essential Reading Chapter 1

      2. Further Reading 13 items
        1. Chapter 1

          Chapter Recommended Reading Chapter 1

        2. Rational choice - Elster, Jon 1986

          Book Recommended Reading

        3. The rational choice controversy - Friedman, Jeffrey 1996

          Book Recommended Reading

        4. Key concepts in politics - Heywood, Andrew 2000

          Book Recommended Reading Pages 102-104

        5. Rational choice - Hindmoor, Andrew 2006

          Book Recommended Reading

        6. Analyzing public policy - John, Peter 2012

          Book Recommended Reading Please read Chapter 6, "Rational Choice Theory".

        7. Trust - Hardin, Russell 2006

          Book Recommended Reading

        8. The theory of choice: a critical guide - Hargreaves Heap, Shaun 1992

          Book Recommended Reading

        9. The cunning of reason - Hollis, Martin 1987

          Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 2

        10. Democratic theory and practice - Duncan, Graeme 1983

          Book Recommended Reading Read "The competitive Model of Democracy" by D. Miller.

        11. Prisoner's dilemma - Poundstone, William 1993

          Book Recommended Reading

    6. Week 6 0 items
      ESSAY WORKSHOP
    7. Week 7 20 items
      Pluralism and Neo-Pluralism
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. The state: theories and issues - Hay, Colin, Lister, Michael, Marsh, David 2006

          Book Essential Reading Read Pluralism by Smith, M. Chapter 1.

      2. Further Reading 18 items
        1. Empirical Sources 3 items
        2. Theory Sources 11 items
          1. The concepts and theories of modern democracy - Birch, A. H. 1993

            Book Recommended Reading

          2. The modern state: theories and ideologies - Cudworth, Erika, Hall, Tim, McGovern, John c2007

            Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 2

          3. Who governs?: Democracy and power in an American city - Dahl, Robert A. 1961

            Book Recommended Reading

          4. Theories of the democratic state - Dryzek, John S., Dunleavy, Patrick 2009

            Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 2.

          5. Theories of the democratic state - Dryzek, John S., Dunleavy, Patrick 2009

            Book Recommended Reading Read Chapters 2 & 6

          6. The Pluralism of Pluralism: An Anti-theory? - GRANT JORDAN 06/1990

            Article Recommended Reading

          7. Theories of urban politics - Jonathan S. Davies, David L. Imbroscio 2009

            Book Recommended Reading

          8. Politics and markets: the world's political economic systems - Lindblom, Charles E. c1977

            Book Recommended Reading Read "Pluralism" by Judge

          9. Political power: a reader in theory and Research - Bell, Roderick 1969

            Book Recommended Reading Read How to Study Community Power: the Pluralist Alternative by Polsby

          10. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

            Book Recommended Reading Read "Pluralism" by Smith

        3. Other Media 4 items
          1. The west wing: the complete third season - Sorkin, Aaron c2009 (videorecording)

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading TV Series: for a look at pluralism / Neo-pluralism in action through lobbying

          2. Bowling for Columbine - Moore, Michael 2002 (videorecording)

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading On the power of big business in the USA

          3. Sicko - Moore, Michael 2008 (videorecording)

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading On the power of big business in the USA

    8. Week 8 11 items
      Marxism and Structuralism: Non-decisions and agenda denial
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. The state: theories and issues - Hay, Colin, Lister, Michael, Marsh, David 2006

          Book Essential Reading Read "(What's Marxist About?) Marxist State Theory by Hay, C. Chapter 3

        2. Theory and methods in political science - Marsh, David, Stoker, Gerry 2010

          Book Essential Reading Read "Marxism" by Macguire, D. Chapter 7.

      2. Further Reading 9 items
        1. Empirical Sources 3 items
          1. Nonwhite minority access to the political agenda in Britain - Donley T. Studlar, Zig Layton-Henry 12/1989

            Article Recommended Reading

        2. Theory Sources 6 items
          1. Political power: a reader in theory and Research - Bell, Roderick 1969

            Book Recommended Reading Read "The Two Faces of Power" by Bachrach, P. and Baratz, M. (The same article can be found in the American Political Science Review 56: 4, 947-952).

          2. Capital and politics - King, Roger, Political Sociology Study Group 1983

            Book Recommended Reading Read "Corporatism, competitive interests and class struggle" by Cawson and Saunders

          3. Power: a radical view - Lukes, Steven 2005

            Book Recommended Reading

          4. State, power, socialism - Poulantzas, Nicos 1980

            Book Recommended Reading

          5. Nondecisions and the Study of Local Politics - Raymond E. Wolfinger Dec., 1971

            Article Recommended Reading

    9. Week 9 9 items
      Public choice and the New Right
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. The state: theories and issues - Hay, Colin, Lister, Michael, Marsh, David 2006

          Book Essential Reading Read Chapter 4.

      2. Further Reading 7 items
        1. Empirical Sources 2 items
        2. Theory Sources 4 items
          1. The modern state: theories and ideologies - Cudworth, Erika, Hall, Tim, McGovern, John c2007

            Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 10

          2. An economic theory of democracy - Downs, Anthony 1957

            Book Recommended Reading

          3. Bureaucracy & representative government - Niskanen, William A. 2007

            Book Recommended Reading

        3. Other Media 1 item
          1. Yes, Minister 2001 (videorecording)

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading On the obsfucating potential of civil servants.

    10. Week 10 16 items
      Elitism: is the power of political elites inevitable?
      1. Primary Reading 2 items
        1. The state: theories and issues - Hay, Colin, Lister, Michael, Marsh, David 2006

          Book Essential Reading Read "Elitism" by Evans

        2. Theories of the democratic state - Dryzek, John S., Dunleavy, Patrick 2009

          Book Essential Reading Read chapter 3

      2. Further Reading 14 items
        1. Empirical Sources 4 items
        2. Theory Sources 7 items
          1. The modern state: theories and ideologies - Cudworth, Erika, Hall, Tim, McGovern, John c2007

            Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 3.

          2. Political power: a reader in theory and Research - Bell, Roderick 1969

            Book Recommended Reading Read "A Critique of the Ruling Elite Model" by Dahl, R.

          3. Political parties: a sociological study of the oligarchical tendencies of modern democracy - Michels, Robert, ebrary, Inc 2001 (electronic resource)

            Book Recommended Reading RL quotes 1915 edition

          4. The power elite - Mills, C. Wright 1956

            Book Recommended Reading

          5. Sociological writings - Pareto, Vilfredo, Finer, S. E. 1966

            Book Recommended Reading

        3. Other Media 3 items
          1. Dr Strangelove - Kubrick, Stanley 2002 (videorecording)

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading For the power of scientific elites with an agenda

          2. Fahrenheit 9/11 - Moore, Michael c2004 (videorecording(dvd))

            Audio-visual document Recommended Reading For the power of military, political and business elites.

          3. Pretty straight guys - Nick Cohen 2004

            Book Recommended Reading For a sceptical view of the New Labour elite

    11. Week 11 1 item
      Class Review and Revision
      1. Discussion of essay skills and feedback from Essay One, in preparation for Essay Two with discussion of empirical examples during the seminar session.

        Any other outstanding issues

         

  3. Background Reading 4 items
    Further reading identified as relevant to the module content.
    1. Theories and Concepts of Politics: Introduction - Bellamy, Richard 1993

      Book Background Reading

    2. The modern state: theories and ideologies - Cudworth, Erika, Hall, Tim, McGovern, John c2007

      Book Background Reading

    3. Social science concepts: a user's guide - Goertz, Gary c2006

      Book Background Reading

    4. Key concepts in politics - Heywood, Andrew 2000

      Book Background Reading

  4. Key Journals 5 items