Department of Comparative Politics


Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen


Illustration photo: demonstration protest
Illustration photo: www.colourbox.com

The aim of these seminars is to gather researchers from across the University of Bergen (UiB) who share an interest in comparative political economy.

This field is concerned with the political, institutional, and social factors that shape the economy. Specific topics include social policies, labour market regulation, precarious employment, industrial relations, Varieties of Capitalism, welfare chauvinism, property relations, taxation, and political causes and consequences of social inequality.

The seminars started in January 2017, and participants come from a range of departments, including Comparative Politics, Sociology, Administration and Organization Theory, History, Philosophy, and Social Anthropology.

Activities consist of biweekly lunch seminars in which participating scholars present their own research or in which we discuss recent important publications in the field. Moreover, we plan to invite guest speakers from abroad. Seminars are open to anyone interested, including students.


Upcoming seminars autumn 2017


11th September (12:15-14:00)

Deborah Mabbett (Birkbeck, University of London)  

The political economy of minimum wages in the UK


18th September

Georg Picot (Department of Comparative Politics)

Bringing in the state: The politics of wage regulation and low wage employment


9th October

Thorvald Gran (Department of Administration and Organization Theory)

Speech acting and the struggle of narratives in Norwegian fisheries


23rd October

Jørgen Pedersen (Department of Philosophy)

Just distribution and just taxation. An introduction


1st November (different day: Wednesday, 12:15-14:00)

Patrick Emmenegger (University of St. Gallen)

(title tbc)