POLS6021 Comparative Political Economy
Course Code: POLS6021
Course Tutor: Dr Jan-Emmanuel de Neve (Department of Political Science)
Length: One Term
Teaching: 20 hours lectures/seminars
Assessment: Two 2000 word essays (40/60%)
Credits: 0.5 course units/4 US Credits/7.5 ECTS Credits
About this course
This course is designed
to introduce students to the study of Comparative Political Economy (CPE). The
course surveys topics and theories on the interplay of politics and economics
across the advanced democracies. The goal of this course is twofold: (1) to
gain a sense of the differences in economic policy and performance across
developed countries and (2) to better understand the sources and consequences
of this variation. The following topics central to understanding CPE will
receive special attention: institutions and economic performance, varieties of
capitalism and institutional complementarities, inequality, redistribution and
the welfare state.
By the end of the course, students will have a
better knowledge of the comparative political economy of the advanced democracies.
Students will also have been taught a number of analytical approaches and
concepts that will aid in their understanding of the interplay between
economics and politics in a comparative setting.
This course will not be running in 2013/14