Department of Comparative Politics

Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen

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Alain Bachellier

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


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.


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.

Website: https://www.uib.no/en/sampol/114899/lunch-seminars-comparative-political-economy


2 September

Katharina Sass (Department of Sociology)

“Education and the gender cleavage – Updating Rokkanian theory for the 21st century”


16 September

Stian Skår Ludvigsen (Hordaland Fylkeskommune)

“A risk index for public health, Vestland 2019”


14 October

Dennie Oude Nijhuis (Leiden University)

"Employers and the liberalization of collective bargaining in Europe"


28 October

Collective discussion of

Iversen, T., & Soskice, D. (2019). Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. – Chapter 1


11 November

Collective discussion of

Häusermann, S., Kemmerling, A., & Rueda, D. (forthcoming). “How post-industrial labour market inequality transforms politics”. Political Science Research and Methods.


25 November

Trond Holmen Erlien (Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion)

"Towards a project-based mode of production: Challenges to the Norwegian model of industrial relations"


9 December

Gregory Ferguson-Cradler (Department of Geography / CET)

“Transforming energy markets: The Big Four German electricity utilities from deregulation to present”