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The Foundations of Institutional Analysis (SPS-REIMM-INS-22)

SPS-REIMM-INS-22


Department SPS
Course category SPS Methods Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2022-2023
Term 1ST TERM
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
Professors
Contact Dittmar, Pia Deborah
  Course materials
Sessions

03/10/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

10/10/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

17/10/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

24/10/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

07/11/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room Mansarda

07/11/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

14/11/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

21/11/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

28/11/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

05/12/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

12/12/2022 15:00-17:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Purpose

This seminar introduces students to the theoretical program of the new institutionalism. We will review the three main strands of theory, rational choice institutionalism, historical institutionalism and sociological institutionalism, and discuss recent literatures on institutional design, institutional stability and change, and social and political consequences of institutions. In addition, we will focus on the methods used within these three branches of the new institutionalism.
The aim of the class is two-fold.  One is to familiarize students with classic texts and recent publications that any emerging political scientist will find useful to know and cite (the list is in that sense necessary but not sufficient, of course). The other is to help students develop their own research projects by encouraging them to see it through the lens of the class readings.

Description

Learning Outcomes:  Understand the distinction between behavioralism and institutionalism, and their theoretical assumptions, including the similarities and differences of the three branches (rational choice, sociological and historical institutionalism). Be able to propose research designs and methodologies derived from these three schools for specific empirical problems. Learn from key examples how to parse the literature and develop a rationale and justification for a dissertation puzzle. Develop a sensitivity to the fit of theortical model to a given empirical application.

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