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Sem (MA) Entwicklung und Entwicklungspolitik

Instructors: Dr. Johannes Keßler
Shortname: Sem Entwicklungspol.
Course Type: Seminar
Format: online

Recommended reading list

Gerbaudo, P. (2019): Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy. Pluto Press.
Gibson, Rachel K. (2015): Party change, social media and the rise of ‘citizen-initiated’ campaigning. Party Politics, Vol. 21 (2), pp. 183–197, doi: 10.1177/1354068812472575
Koc-Michalska, K.; Lilleker, D. G.; Smith, A. & Weissmann, D. (2016): The normalization of online campaigning in the web.2.0 era. European Journal of Communication, Vol 31(3), pp. 331-350. doi: 10.1177/0267323116647236.
Mikola, B. (2018): New Party Organizations and Intra-party Democracy: A Comparative Analysis of the Five Star Movement and Podemos, ubmittedweb.pdf (28.03.2019).
Scarrow, S. E. (2014): Beyond Party Members. Changing Approaches of Partisan Mobilization. Oxford University Press, doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661862.001.0001.


Web-based technologies changed society in the way we communicate, inform ourselves or participate. Parties adapt to societal change. However, some parties find it more difficult than others to adjust to the challenges posed by digitalized society. Differences are visible between established and new parties, between different national contexts and different party families.
These tendencies have been accompanied by research addressing changes in membership (Scarrow 2014, Gibson 2015), desicion-making (e.g. Gerbaudo 2019; Mikola 2018), or parties' public image (e.g. Koc-Michalska et al. 2016). Some recent publications even argues to understand newly developed parties as a specific type: the digital party or platform party (Gerbaudo 2019).
Researching this newest trend of studing political parties expects knowledge of classic party research in combination with other sciences - especially sociology, communication science, business studies, and IT and Computational (Social) Sciences.

The course emphasizes the political science perspective and adresses the challeges faced by parties in context of digitalization. This includes theoretical aspects as well as empirical studies from different contexts.

The course language is German. Solid English skills are mandatory to prepare the literature covered during the sessions.

Digitale Lehre

Short Description :
Onlinekursraum auf Moodle

Dieser Kurs ist bis auf Weiteres ein Onlinekurs.

Additional Information


Date (Day of the week) Time Location
04/13/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
04/20/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
04/27/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
05/04/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
05/11/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
05/18/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
05/25/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
06/01/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
06/08/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
06/15/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
06/22/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
06/29/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
07/06/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online
07/13/2021 (Dienstag) 16:15 - 17:45 online