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PAOLO SEGATTI , responsabile dell'insegnamento

Corso di laurea in COMUNICAZIONE PUBBLICA E D'IMPRESA (COM) Immatricolati dall'a.a. 2015/2016 - Laurea Magistrale - PUBLIC OPINION, MARKET AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH - 2018/2019

Insegnamento obbligatorioNo
Anno di corso1s
Periodo di svolgimentoterzo trimestre
Settori scientifico disciplinari
  • SPS/11 - Sociologia dei fenomeni politici
Crediti (CFU) obbligatori9
Crediti (CFU) facoltativi-

Informazioni generali

Obiettivi: Politics in mass societies , democratic as well non democratic, is not only a game among elites. Elites attitudes and behavior are important. But main street people too are involved in the game. They may be interested in politics. Some of them may decide to be involved in politics. Most of them have the habit to turnout in elections of several types and to express a vote choice, indicating that they want their views are to be represented or that they think to take into account what the government has done. All this activities represent the engine of a vibrant democracy. In non-democratic polities people may be mobilized from the top. Dictators can benefit from these rituals because people might develop a sense of being part in a society larger than their most immediate communities. The comparative studies of political behavior are devoted to understand and explain the different forms in which mass people participate in politics , in both senses of being part in a top down mobilization or of taking part from the bottom in a process of political decisions. Comparative political behavior course intends to offer an opportunity to learn about the different types of political participation and how individual characteristics and institutions shape the modes of participation. We will devote a special attention to the comparative voting behavior. Last but not least the course represents an opportunity for students willing to learn how to analyze political behavior I comparative perspective. The course will be based on a series of seminars in which students are invited to take part actively. Class attendance is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Lingua dell'insegnamento: English

Metodi didattici: The first part of the course is base on lecture by the reacher. The second and the third are organised in seminars in which the students have to present their papers. The four is based to a few lectures and paper presentations
Laboratory activities on methods might be planned for students who will decide to attend

Programma di studio

Pagina web di riferimento:

http://ariel.unimi.it

Programma: Focus is on two topics: a) theories and approaches regarding how the electoral representation works in our democracies;b) theories and approaches regarding the electoral process, the core of modern, i.e. representative, democracies.
The course's aim is twofold. The first is discuss the concept of political representation, its dimensions and the theories explaining it.
The second is to provide students an overview of the current literature on the determinants of the electoral behavior, the context in which it takes place and the consequences on the working of a democracy.

Programma per non frequentanti: Focus is on two topics: a) theories and approaches regarding how the electoral representation works in our democracies;b) theories and approaches regarding the electoral process, the core of modern, i.e. representative, democracies.
The course's aim is twofold. The first is discuss the concept of political representation, its dimensions and the theories explaining it.
The second is to provide students an overview of the current literature on the determinants of the electoral behavior, the context in which it takes place and the consequences on the working of a democracy.

Short course description english flag

Focus is on two topics: a) theories and approaches regarding how the electoral representation works in our democracies;b) theories and approaches regarding the electoral process, the core of modern, i.e. representative, democracies. The course's aim is twofold. The first is discuss the concept of political reprersentation, its dimensions, the theories explaining it and the empirical studies on ideological and polcy congruence. The second is to provide students an overview of the current literature on the determinants of the electoral behavior, the context in which it takes place and the consequences on the working of a democracy
Students are expected to attend regurarly lectures, seminars and write reports and papers.

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici: The mandatory reading list for regularly attendant student of COM includes

Selected topic of Aldo Di Virgilio and Paolo Segatti, La rappresentanza politica in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (mandatory)
For non Italian reader a different text/s might be arranged with the teacher.
A mandatory l ist of reference will be distributed at the beginning of the course.They will be part of the required readings syllabus.
Cees van der Eijck and Mark N. Franklin, Election and Voters, London, Palgrave,2009 (mandatory)


The mandatory reading list for regularly attendant student of GOV includes
Selected topics of Aldo Di Virgilio and Paolo Segatti, La rappresentanza politica in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (mandatory)
For non Italian reader a different text/s might be arranged with the teacher.
A mandatory list of reference will be distributed at the beginning of the course.They will be part of the required readings syllabus.

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici per non frequentanti: For students of COM the following two books:
Paolo Belucci e Paolo Segatti (a cura di) , Votare in Italia, Bologna, 2011, Il Mulino (obbligatorio)
Aldo Di Virgilio and Paolo Segatti, La rappresentanza politica in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (obbligatorio)

in addition one among the following books

Marco Maraffi (a cura di) Gli Italiani e la politica, Bologna, 2007, Il Mulino
Mario Caciagli e Piergiorgio Corbetta (a cura di), Le ragioni dell'elettore, Bologna, 2003, Il Mulino
Delia Baldassari, La semplice arte di votare, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005
Cees van der Eijck and Mark N. Franklin, Election and Voters, London, Palgrave,2009
Non attendant students with limited knowledge of Italian are invited to to contact the teacher in order to define a different syllabus in Einglish


For students of GOV the following books:
Paolo Belucci e Paolo Segatti (a cura di) , Votare in Italia, Bologna, 2011, Il Mulino (obbligatorio)
Aldo Di Virgilio and Paolo Segatti, La rappresentanza politica in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (obbligatorio)

Non attendant students with limited knowledge of Italian are invited to to contact the teacher in order to define a different syllabus in Einglish



Modalità di esame, prerequisiti, esami propedeutici

Esame in un'unica volta o suddiviso in partiunico
Modalità di accertamento conoscenzeEsame
Giudiziovoto verbalizzato in trentesimi

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame Students should have notions of statistics and methodology as those provided by undergraduate courses. Students will be graded on the basis of three criteria: the level of class participation, the quality of book or paper presentations and the final papers.Please note that the students of Gov have to deliver only one final papers, while students of Com two
Final examination is oral .

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame per non frequentanti Students who do not attend have to demonstrate to be able to comment the empirical analyses inluded in the books that are mandatory. Thus, notions of statistics and methodology are expected. The exam will be oral.

Attività propedeutiche consigliate Students should have notions of statistics and methodology.

Organizzazione della didattica

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore: SPS/11 - Sociologia dei fenomeni politici - Crediti: 9
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 60 ore

Ricevimento Docenti

Orario di ricevimento Docenti
DocenteOrario di ricevimentoLuogo di ricevimento
PAOLO SEGATTI , responsabile dell'insegnamentoI ricevimenti del secondo trimestre si terranno abitualmente al mercoledi dalle 14.30 alle 17. Il ricevimento di mercoledì 9 gennaio è tuttavia spostato a giovedì 10 alla stessa ora.Ufficio: II piano via Passione 15 stanza 201

Avvertenze e altre informazioni

The course will be divided into three parts:
The first will dedicated to an introduction on the concept of political representation and the main theoretical approaches on this topic (12 h).
In the second part students will assemble in three members group and are expected to read, present and discussed in class not less that two papers or equivalent materials selected among those included in the syllabus (28 h).
GOV students have to attend the first two parts


The third part (20 h) is mandatory fro students of Com and it will dedicated to an introduction of comparative poltical behavior theories . In this context students of COM have to discuss in class their work in preparation of their second final empirical paper (20h)

Regular attendance for both groups is expected.

A lab on multivariate analysis might be organised before the beginning of the course.