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 spring 2018:

29th January

Katharina Sass (Department of Sociology)

Cleavages and coalitions. Comprehensive school reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany, 1954-1979

12th February

Hans-Tore Hansen and Thomas Lorentzen (Department of Sociology)

Work and welfare trajectories in Norway over two decades: Has the goal of getting more people into work been achieved for people at risk of health-related exclusion from the labour force?

5th March

Collective discussion of

Ahlquist, J. S. (2017). Labor Unions, Political Representation, and Economic Inequality. Annual Review of Political Science, 20(1), 409-432. doi:10.1146/annurev-polisci-051215-023225

19th March

Collective discussion of

Emmenegger, P., & Marx, P. (2018). The Politics of Inequality as Organised Spectacle: Why the Swiss Do Not Want to Tax the Rich. New Political Economy, (online advance article). doi:10.1080/13563467.2017.1420641

26th March

Simen Berge (Department of Comparative Politics)

The impact of populist right parties on the electoral participation of low-income citizens in developed democracies

9th April

Marius Jakobsen (Department of Comparative Politics)

        Labour unions, labour market outsiders, and income inequality

23rd April

[open slot]


7th May - 12:15-14:00

Christian Schemmel (University of Manchester)

          Just Labour Markets: Asset Equality vs. Workplace Democracy

28th May

Michal Kozak (Department of Sociology)

 What matters in a job after the crisis: comparative analysis of work orientations in 24 OECD countries

11th June

Isak Lekve (Department of Sociology)

         A Sisyphean labour? Union organization efforts on the margins of the Norwegian labour market