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Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen

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Alain Bachellier

Lunch seminar in Comparative Political Economy

An inter-departmental seminar series at the University of Bergen

Coordinators: Katharina Sass (Department of Sociology), katharina.sass@uib.no &
Siri Hansen Pedersen (Department of Comparative Politics) siri.pedersen@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 12:15-13:15

Where: Meeting room at Christies Gate 15, 2nd floor
Everyone is welcomed and feel free to bring your lunch.

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


27 January

Collective discussion of:

Streeck, W. (2016) How will Capitalism end?: Essays on a failing system. London: Verso Books, London. - Introduction

10 February

Ole Johnny Olsen (Department of Sociology)

On the social cultural foundation of Democratic Capitalism: Experiences from
the Norwegian Case.


24 February

Mari Haga Dyvik (MA student at the Department of Sociology)

An institution with a Janus-face? On the historical evolution of the Norwegian external candidate examinations, 1980-2019.


09 March
Georg Picot (Department of Comparative Politics)

The limits of gig work.


23 March

Amany Moussa Selim (Department of Sociology)

Emotions and Activism Trajectories among Syrian Activists in Berlin and Oslo


27 March 10:30-12:30 (note day and time)

Tomas Løding (Department of Sociology) and Ola Morris Innset (Oslo Nasjonalbibliotek)
Seminar on the history and development of neoliberalism in Norway
In collaboration with the Work, Class and Education (AKU) research group at the Department of Sociology.


20 April

Thomas Lorentzen (Department of Sociology)

Work and welfare-state trajectories of the unemployed under changing institutional circumstances: a comparison of Germany and Norway. Co-authored with Torsten Lietzmann (IAB, Germany).


04 May
Siri Hansen Pedersen (Department of Comparative Politics)

Tackling low-wage employment: A comparison of policy approaches across OECD countries. Co-authored with Georg Picot (UiB).


18 May
Michal Kozak (Department of Sociology)

On the ‘bull*hit jobs’ thesis – is there evidence? Co-authored with Arne Kalleberg (UNC).


08 June 12:15-13:45

Magnus Bergli Rasmussen (Assistant Professor, University of Oslo)

Reforming to Survive: The Bolshevik Origins of Social Polices. Co-authored with Carl Henrik Knutsen (UiO)