Challenges to Democracy (SPS-RESHIX-DE-21)

SPS-RESHIX-DE-21


Department SPS
Course category SPS Foundation Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2021-2022
Term 2ND TERM
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
Professors
Contact Dari, Jennifer
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Purpose

This seminar aims to do three things: (1) introduce researchers to some of the latest empirical research on some key topics in political behaviour and representation; (2) develop an understanding of experimental and other causal inference research designs in this field; and (3) enable researchers to replicate and extend empirical results (in Stata or R), to help researchers understand how to set up data, estimation and identification, and undertake robustness tests.  The seminar will be split into several parts, with three replication exercises undertaken in groups, after discussing papers on substantive topics for several weeks.  The first exercise will focus on replicating and explaining the main results in one of the papers we have discussed, while the second and third exercises will focus on extending the results in a paper in some way, for example by changing a specification, or conducting a robustness test.  This seminar will be an opportunity for first year researchers to apply the methods they have learned in the first term, and for researchers in subsequent years to practice their empirical estimation skills.  As far as substantive topics are concerned, the seminar will cover, inter alia, changing political preferences, electoral turnout, voting behaviour, political and affective polarization, party system fragmentation, and the role of the media in shaping preferences and behaviour.

 

Description


This seminar aims to do three things: (1) introduce researchers to some of the latest empirical research on some key topics in political behaviour and representation; (2) develop an understanding of experimental and other causal inference research designs in this field; and (3) enable researchers to replicate and extend empirical results (in Stata or R), to help researchers understand how to set up data, estimation and identification, and undertake robustness tests. The seminar will be split into several parts, with three replication exercises undertaken in groups, after discussing papers on substantive topics for several weeks. The first exercise will focus on replicating and explaining the main results in one of the papers we have discussed, while the second and third exercises will focus on extending the results in a paper in some way, for example by changing a specification, or conducting a robustness test. This seminar will be an opportunity for first year researchers to apply the methods they have learned in the first term, and for researchers in subsequent years to practice their empirical estimation skills. As far as substantive topics are concerned, the seminar will cover, inter alia, changing political preferences, electoral turnout, voting behaviour, political and affective polarization, party system fragmentation, and the role of the media in shaping preferences and behaviour.

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