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

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.

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.


Seminar schedule autumn 2018:

27th August

Collective discussion of

Thelen, Kathleen. 2014. Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 1.


10th September

Katharina Sass (Department of Sociology)

                “Cleavage structures and school politics - a Rokkanian comparative-historical analysis”


24th September (different room: Room 17.103 in Christies gate 17)

Georg Picot (Department of Comparative Politics)

                “Cross-national variation in deficit-driven growth models”


[hiatus due to høstferie]


25th October

Informal discussion with Kathleen Thelen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

(time tba)


Kathleen Thelen: Stein Rokkan Memorial Lecture, 14:00-16:00, universitetsaulaen (organized by the Department of Comparative Politics)


10th December, 12:15-14:00

Mette High (University St Andrews)

                "Risks and Rewards: The Heterotopia of Oil Finance in Western United States"