Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Political Coalitions

Course unit code: 364629

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Jordi Matas Dalmases

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Describe the implications and consequences of different types of political alliance.


— Identify the political effects of forming coalition governments in different political systems.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Identify the political scenarios where coalitions are negotiated and formulate proposals to establish alliances.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to political alliances

1.1. The concept of "political alliance" and coalition governments

1.2. Electoral alliances, parliamentary alliances and coalition governments

2. Theories on coalition governments

2.1. Formal theories

2.2. Multidimensional theories

3. Determining factors in the formation of coalition governments

3.1. Legal and institutional framework

3.2. Voting systems and party systems

3.3. Political parties: inter-party relations and internal structure

3.4. History, political culture and external factors

3.5. Reasons for forming coalition governments and the personal factor

4. Objectives in negotiating coalitions

4.1. Short-term objectives

4.2. Mid-term objectives

4.3. Objectives and types of coalition

5. The separation of powers in coalition governments

5.1. In quantitative terms

5.2. In qualitative terms

6. Internal rules

6.1. Government programmes with coalitional agreements

6.2. Policy-driven ordinary and extraordinary procedures

6.3. Strategic governing bodies

6.4. Government communication plans

6.5. Relations between parliamentary groups and coalition governments

7. Coalition governments in Catalonia, Spain and Europe