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 Torben Iversen

Gov94au. Political Economy (Fall 2017)

Examines modern theories of political economy and their applications to macro problems in advanced industrialized democracies. Why do some governments and countries generate better economic performance than others? Why are some economies more egalitarian than others? How do politicians manipulate the economy for partisan gain, and how are politicians constrained by institutions and the global economy? These are some of the questions that we will seek to answer using the most promising theories in political science and economics.

 

Gov3007. Research Workshop on Political Economy (with Bob Bates) (2017-18)

The Research Workshop on Positive Political Economy is a yearlong graduate seminar aimed at encouraging crossdisciplinary research and excellence in graduate training. We explore how political and economic outcomes reflect choices constrained by institutions, as well as the way in which specific institutions affect change more generally.

 

Gov2105. Comparative Politics Field Seminar (with Steven Levitsky)  (Spring 2018)

Surveys major topics in comparative politics. Works of theoretical importance from both the developed and the developing world considered. Addresses such issues as development of the modern state; institutions of government; social cleavages and interest mediation; democracy and authoritarianism; revolution and political stability; political parties; mass and elite political behavior.

 

Gov2160. Politics and Economics (Expected Fall 2018)

This seminar is on the political economy of policymaking and institutional change. Readings include a mixture of foundational approaches and recent research, covering a variety of methodological perspectives. The topical emphasis is on democracy, accountability, inequality, redistribution, and growth. The course provides students interested in these topics an overview over the existing literature (with a focus on recent, exciting work), an understanding of key unanswered questions and puzzles, as well as a set of theoretical and methodological tools that can be employed to answer those questions and puzzles.

 

Gov3006. Research Workshop on Comparative Politics

Students in comparative politics, regardless of regional or thematic focus, are cordially invited and encouraged to join. Faculty and graduate students meet each week to discuss work by 1-2 Workshop members, which is circulated in advance. In addition to providing a forum in which students can get feedback on their work in progress, there are sessions that deal with fieldwork, methodology, getting published, and professional development.

 

Gov2340. Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy

Deals with the economic, political, and sociological causes of labor market inequality, including educational inequality, intergenerational inheritance of advantages, discrimination, immigration, and labor market regulation. Special attention is given to the economic and social effects of such policies.

 

Gov1132. Comparative Political Economy, Developed countries

This is a lecture course that introduces advanced undergraduates to the field of comparative political economy with a focus on developed democracies in Europe, North America, and East Asia. It is part of a sequence of two courses where the other is focused on developing countries and usually taught by Robert Bates (Gov1100)

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