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Political Accountability

Dates:
  • Tue 31 Mar 2020 15.00 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-03-31 15:00 2020-03-31 17:30 Europe/Paris Political Accountability

What are sources of accountability failures in democratic poli- ties? As an extreme example, how and why do public officials chronically engage in illegal actions while in office? If voters have other candidates they can select to replace incumbents who abuse the public trust, why are corruption and political malfeasance so persistent? Does chronic corruption pervert political representation?

This course reviews some recent literature on these questions with the aim of locating the research frontier and helping students identify potential topics for further study.

In addition to its substantive content, this course also has a practicum and skill-building component. Over the term, you will be exposed to all the steps required to complete a complex collaborative reproducible research project, from thinking up a problem worth studying to pre-registering your design to collecting and analyzing your data and writing up and posting your results. You will practice these steps using real (observational) data about accountability and political corruption collected by the instructor in Italy. The practicum component of the course will be fast paced, and require you to hand in bi-weekly assignments. 

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What are sources of accountability failures in democratic poli- ties? As an extreme example, how and why do public officials chronically engage in illegal actions while in office? If voters have other candidates they can select to replace incumbents who abuse the public trust, why are corruption and political malfeasance so persistent? Does chronic corruption pervert political representation?

This course reviews some recent literature on these questions with the aim of locating the research frontier and helping students identify potential topics for further study.

In addition to its substantive content, this course also has a practicum and skill-building component. Over the term, you will be exposed to all the steps required to complete a complex collaborative reproducible research project, from thinking up a problem worth studying to pre-registering your design to collecting and analyzing your data and writing up and posting your results. You will practice these steps using real (observational) data about accountability and political corruption collected by the instructor in Italy. The practicum component of the course will be fast paced, and require you to hand in bi-weekly assignments. 


Location:
VIA ZOOM -

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Miriam Golden (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

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