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Political parties and party systems

Politične stranke in strankarski sistemi

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Alenka Krašovec






First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration

Short content

Definitions, theories and development of parties, party models; party functions; party ideologies, cleavages and party families; organizational forms of parties (typology of parties); internal characteristics of parties (members, internal democracy, integration and problem of fractions, party funding); parties as organizations, professionalization and bureacratization of parties; parties and cleavages; forms of party systems (criteria and typology); electoral systems as determinants of party systems; interaction between party, electoral and parliamentary arena; parties as policy actors; crisis of parties in the 1980s; formation of 'new' type of parties; parties in parliamentary arena and coalition behaviour; developments of parties in Slovenia since 19th century and development of a modern party arena in Slovenia; specific characteristics worldwide, transition to democracy and specifics of party development; internatinal co-opeartion of parties and their operation on the supranational level (EU).

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Curriculum was last modified on: 03.03.2023