The aim of this module is to provide a thorough introduction to the key concepts, theories, and issues in comparative political economy. This subfield seeks to explain the differences across countries in economic performance and economic policy-making by looking more closely at political, institutional and cultural factors. The module is primarily concerned with exploring the causes and consequences of diversity in advanced capitalism. It will compare and contrast many aspects of the political economies of the advanced democracies, such as labour markets and industrial relations, welfare states, education and training systems, and macroeconomic policies. It will also develop the theoretical tools and empirical knowledge necessary for students to be able to assess economic policies and analyse contemporary economic issues. The focus of the module will be generic, though the literature is mainly concerned with capitalism in the EU and OECD countries.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Weekly 1-hour lecture and weekly 1-hour seminar group.
Module assessment - more information
1,500-word essay (30%) and 3,500-word essay (70%)