Comparative Politics and Administration, 7.5 credits

Jämförande politik och förvaltning, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2021 202109-202113 Swedish Linköping, Valla
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 4 (Spring 2021) 202109-202113 Swedish Linköping, Valla E
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 6 (Spring 2021) 202109-202113 Swedish Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics

Entry requirements

  • Political Science, basic course, with 22.5 ECTS credits passed, or equivalent

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • discuss theoretical analysis perspectives, normative approaches and empirical conditions in comparative politics and administration
  • apply theoretical perspectives on empirical conditions
  • independently analyse a scienfic question within the area of comparative politics and administration

Course content

The course covers current theoretical analytical perspectives, empirical conditions, and normative approaches in comparative politics and administration. The course covers political conditions in other countries. Central themes are how different countrie's governance have evolved, how they work today and what consequences they have for society at large. An important part is comparisons between countries and to use general terms and theories. Comparative methods are used to make conclusions on causions.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. In addition, the student should conduct self-study.


The course is examined through a written individual examination and active participation in seminars. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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Code Name Scope Grading scale
TENT Written examination 4 credits U, G, VG
MUPS Essay 2 credits U, G
SEMI Seminars 1.5 credits U, G

Regulary literature


(1990) The West European party system Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1990

ISBN: 0198275846, 0198275838, 9780198275831

Mair, Peter Introduction

Cross, William P., Blais, André, (2012) Politics at the centre. the selection and removal of party leaders in the Anglo parliamentary democracies Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.

ISBN: 9780191740688, 0191740683

Dalton, Russell J., Farrell, David M., McAllister, Ian, (2011) Political parties and democratic linkage : how parties organize democracy Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.

ISBN: 9780191803550

Rydgren, Jens., (2013) Class politics and the radical right

ISBN: 9780415690522, 9780203079546, 0415690528, 020307954X


Jungar, Ann-Cathrine & Jupskås, Anders Ravik, Populist Radical Right Parties in the Nordic Region:A New and Distinct Party Family? Scandinavian Political Studies 2014 37:3, pp 215-238
Spoon, JJ, Comparative political Studies nov. 2012 45 11 p. 1439-1442


Åttapartivalet 2010

Additional literature


Landman, Todd, (2008) Issues and methods in comparative politics. an introduction 3. ed. London : Routledge, 2008

ISBN: 9780203929780, 0415412366, 9780415412360, 9780415412377

Thomas, John Clayton., Thomas, John Clayton., (1975) The decline of ideology in Western political parties: a study of changing policy orientations

ISBN: 9780803999152, 0803999151


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