Comparative political economy

  • A.A. 2016/2017
  • CFU 8
  • Ore 40
  • Classe di laurea LM-52
Emmanuele Pavolini / Professore di ruolo - II fascia / Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro (SPS/09)
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, della Comunicazione e delle Relazioni Internazionali
Prerequisiti

None

Obiettivi del corso

The course provides the basic concepts and tools of comparative political economy in order to study the functioning of different types of economies and political systems.

Programma del corso

Below are the contents of the program and the list of readings used in each lecture, to allow students attending the course to read in advance (except for the first lecture of the course that will be held frontally by the professor) the topics that will be covered and discussed together with the students in class.

Lecture I: introduction to the course

Lectures II, III and IV: Theories of economic growth, entrepreneurship and modernization
Readings:
Trigilia (2002), Economic Sociology. Part II "Chapter 7. Modernization and Development of Backward Areas"
Aldrich (2005), "20. Entrepreneurship" , in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 442-477.

Lectures V and VI: Welfare state studies and education
Readings:
Trigilia (2002), Economic Sociology. Part II "Chapter 8. The Keynesian Welfare State and Comparative Political
Economy" (first part of the chapter)
Brinton (2005) "25. Education and the Economy", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 575-602.
Huber and Stephens "24. Welfare States and the Economy", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 552-574.

Lectures VII and VIII: Industrial relations and comparative political economy
Readings:
Trigilia (2002), Economic Sociology. Part II "Chapter 8. The Keynesian Welfare State and Comparative Political
Economy" (second part of the chapter)
Streeck (2005), "12. The Sociology of Labor Markets and Trade Unions" , in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 254-283.
Pedersini (2014), "European industrial relations between old and new trends", in Stato e Mercato, n° 102, pp. 341-368.

Lectures IX, X and XI: Models of production and changes over time
Readings:
Trigilia (2002), Economic Sociology. Part II "Chapter 9. The Crisis of Fordism and New Economic Sociology"
Granovetter (2005), "19. Business Groups and Social Organization", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 429-440.

Lectures XII, XIII and XIV: Varieties of capitalism and globalization
Readings:
Trigilia (2002), Economic Sociology. Part II "Chapter 10. Globalization and the Diversity of Capitalisms"
Gereffi (2005), "8. The Global Economy: Organization, Governance, and Development", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 160-181.

Lectures XV and XVI: The models of financing in economic systems
Readings:
Brewster Stearns and Mizruchi (2005), "13. Banking and Financial Markets", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 284-306.

Lecture XVII: the Italian political economy model
Readings:
Burroni and Trigilia (2012) "5. Politics against market. The hard way of Italian capitalism", in Ido (ed.), Varieties of capitalism, types of democracy and globalization, pp. 106-123.

Lecture XVIII: The German political economy model
Readings:
Baccaro e Benassi (2014), "Softening industrial relations institutions, hardening growth model: The transformation of the German political economy", in Stato e Mercato, n° 102, pp. 369-395.

Lectures XIX and XXX: The transition to market economies of post-communist economic systems
Readings:
King and Szelényi "Chapter 10. Post-Communist Economic Systems", in Smelser and Swedberg (eds.), The Handbook of Economic Sociology, pp. 205-229.
McNally, "8. A macro-historical analysis: globalization, party-state and capital in China's emergent capitalism" in Ido (ed.), Varieties of capitalism, types of democracy and globalization, pp. 169-191.
Bruszt "9. Political regime types and varieties of post-socialist capitalism in the era of globalization" , in Ido (ed.), Varieties of capitalism, types of democracy and globalization, pp. 193-214.

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) Trigilia Carlo Economic Sociology Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, 2002 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • 2.  (A) Ido Masanobu Varieties of capitalism, types of democracy and globalization Routledge, London, 2012 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chapters 5, 8 and 9
  • 3.  (A) Smelser Neil and Swedberg Richiard Handbook of economic sociology Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chapters 8, 10, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24, 25
  • 4.  (A) Pedersini Roberto European industrial relations between old and new trends Articolo in rivista: "Stato e Mercato", Il Mulino Bologna, 2014 » Pagine/Capitoli: n° 102, pp. 341-368
  • 5.  (A) Baccaro Lucio and Benassi Chiara Softening industrial relations institutions, hardening growth model: The transformation of the German political economy Articolo in rivista "Stato e Mercato", Il Mulino - Bologna, 2014 » Pagine/Capitoli: n° 102, pp. 369-395
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

8 CFU: no differences for students regularly participating to lectures and not participating to lectures.

6 CFU: no differences for students regularly participating to lectures and not participating to lectures. Students have to study the chapters of the books of Trigilia (2002) and Smelser and Swedberg (2005) and the article of Pedersini (2014)

Metodi didattici
  • The course will focus on the discussion of the texts in the program and the use / discussion of databases / case studies proposed by the professor during class. It is important to note that it will be asked to those attending the course to read in advance weekly chapters and texts that will be analyzed during the lecture. The lectures, except in the first week of the course, will be based on an active involvement of the students who, having read the chapters and texts, will intervene and will discuss with the professor the contents. In order to effectively attend the course it is, therefore, required to students to prepare (read in advance) for lectures. During the weeks of the course, students will also be introduced to the use of databases / case studies on which they will carry out group work. All this activity will contribute to the formulation of the final evaluation of the attending student.
Modalità di valutazione
  • Written examination with open questions that can allow to evaluate the overall knowledge of the student.
    The examination questions will be structured in such a way as to facilitate the assessment of levels of knowledge and understanding acquired in the field, avoiding the notional type questions and asking questions that can bring out the ability to make and the critical capacity of the student.
    During the weeks of the course, students will also be introduced to the use of databases / case studies on which they will carry out group work. All this activity will contribute to the formulation of the final evaluation of the attending student.
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica

Inglese

Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione

Inglese