Department of Comparative Politics


Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen


Illustration photo: demonstration protest

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. Occasionally we invite guest speakers from abroad. Seminars are open to anyone interested, including students.


Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen

Convenor: Georg Picot (Department of Comparative Politics), georg.picot@uib.no


When: normally Mondays, bi-weekly, from 12:15 to 13:15

Where: Meeting room, Christies gate 15, 2nd floor

Everyone welcome.

Feel free to bring your lunch.


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

Patrick Emmenegger (University of St. Gallen)

A Disproportional Threat? The Adoption of Proportional Representation


13th November

Collective discussion of

Häusermann, S., & Kriesi, H. (2015). What do voters want? Dimensions and configurations in individual-level preferences and party choice. In P. Beramendi, S. Häusermann, H. Kitschelt, & H. Kriesi (Eds.), The Politics of Advanced Capitalism (pp. 202-230). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



27th November

Collective discussion of

Special issue in Journal of European Social Policy on ’25 Years of “Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism”, especially introduction by Emmenegger et al. and concluding contribution by Esping-Andersen.



11th December

(open slot, suggestions welcome)