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Seminars of Summer 2012

The Berlin Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has been conducting research and teaching in the field of European economic policy-making, European integration and comparative policy studies since 1998. The topics of the various fields of research are reflected in Jean Monnet Courses and Modules, which have been developed to support teaching in the field of European integration. A special characteristic of the teaching programme is the first hand knowledge provided by the participation of many young lecturers and experts, who possess direct professional experience of the EU institutions and policymaking processes. In 1998 the Jean Monnet Lectures, a series of European related lectures by outstanding speakers from academia and practice, were added to the regular course programme. The JMC offers courses in all major areas of political science: political theory, the German political system, comparative politics and international relations. In all these fields, the JMC employs the theoretical and empirical methods of Modern Political Economy.
HS 15511 - Theoretische und empirische Aspekte der Modernen Politischen Ökonomie

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Bolle

Location: Garystraße 55, Room 301

Time: Monday, 16:00 - 18:00

Syllabus: [ Seminar__Plan_15511.pdf ]

Course Outline: [ Seminar_Outline_MPE_SoSe2012.pdf]


From Smith and Ricardo to Marx… and back: History of Economic Thought

Modern Political Economy is concerned with the interaction between political and economic systems. As in any other science a variety of analytical ? theoretical as well as empirical ? methods do exist and can be distinguished. The basic feature of this seminar is to explain economic policies and economic performance by focusing on the interaction between individual preferences, processes of political decision-making and institutions. On this basis, questions related to differences between countries in terms of economic growth, trade, unemployment, taxation, public welfare, public spending, and dynamics of reforms can be addressed. Even the question which political system, democracy or dictatorship, is better able to foster economic wealth can be examined in this field of research. The seminar will develop an understanding of methodological foundations and simple models. Furthermore, it will engage in the discussion of substantial subjects and findings. The acquired knowledge of models and approaches may thus be employed to analyze and explain further problems in the field of political science that students may encounter in the course of their studies.

In this seminar students are given the opportunity to present their thesis (B.A., M.A., Dissertation, etc.) on the field of Political Economy. We offer a platform for discussion of "Work in progress" as preparation for international conferences. Please contact Prof. Bolle before the start of the course.