The media and public opinion. Global civil society. Representation and participation in democratic models. Conventional and unconventional forms of political action. Political behavior, democracy, and participation. Political participation. Political participation in Spain. Theoretical contributions to political actors and networks of actors. Processes of political leadership. Theories of behavior and political culture. Political cultures and political systems. Variables of collective and individual political behavior. Political attitudes. Social capital. Values and value systems. Theoretical analysis of collective action. Mechanisms of political socialization.
The Political and Electoral Behavior course provides a basic knowledge that must accompany all political scientist. In it the different ways in which citizens can participate in politics, with special attention to the participation and voting behavior (its methodological aspects, training and analysis of voting results) are studied. Moreover, it also describes and analyzes the main protagonists of political participation (interest groups, political parties and social movements). The content of the course, taken as reference axis, the study of content analysis of political participation in Spain.