AIP785 - Political Competition


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


This unit aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to competition in political settings and over political objects. The unit will focus on political competition in domestic settings (i.e., not competition between nation-states), and draw on theoretical and empirical material from the sub-discipline of Comparative Politics.

The course material will be organized around four themes.

First, students will have the opportunity to explore foundational questions, in particular

(a) what makes competition in politics different from competition in the economic marketplace and

(b) what implications follow from these differences

Secondly, students will gain an understanding of the variety of patterns of political competition across both democratic and non-democratic settings. This theme will draw heavily on the scholarship on political party systems, which has been an influential framework for understanding the basic parameters of political competition across countries.

Building on this, students will consider the regulation of political competition and, specifically, the relationship between constitutional rules and the emergence and development of political party systems.

Fourthly, the course will devote attention to the relationship between the various types of political party systems and important public policy outcomes.

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