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Master Classes Abstracts 2015-2016

Discourses of Internal Difference and the Renationalization of Contemporary Italy

per twitterSilvana Patriarca
(Fordham University) 

18 November 2015, 11:00-13:00
MW Common Room





The workshop will discuss the racist neo-nationalism of the Northern League and the uses and abuses of national history by Northern League ideologues and so-called neo-Bourbons (Southerners who are very critical of the national state).

In addition, the construction of the image of Southern Italy in the official statistics of the 1860s-1870s, which contributed to the formation of the southern stereotype, will also be part of the workshop's discussion.

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"A Crisis of Italian Identity? The Northern League and Italy’sRenationalization Since the 1990s"  

"Unmaking the nation? Uses and abusesof Garibaldi in contemporary Italy" 

Protean and Control Power in World Politics


KatzensterPeter Katzenstein (Cornell University)

9 December 2015, 11:00-13:00
MWP Common Room






Civilizations in World Politics: China and Sinicization in Comparative Perspective 

Protean and Control Power in World Politics

Sovereign risk: the return


Daniel Cohen
Paris School of Economics

21 January 2016, 10:00-12:00
MW Common Room






Europe has recently been hit by a sovereign debt crisis which has caused three of its members to be ousted from financial markets. Those three countries, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, had to ask for the support of the other eurozone countries to refinance their debt. Additionally, in the case of Greece the eventual implementation of a nominal haircut of more than 50% was decided. In response to this unexpected crisis, Europe chose to impose a much stricter budgetary discipline, aiming for a near zero deficit rule. How did the eurozone suddenly become so vulnerable to sovereign risk? Is Europe overreacting by imposing budget constraints that are too restrictive?

Sovereign debt crisis specialists have been asked for answers. Trying to understand why some countries default is the theme of a large body of literature. Why do countries default? This seemingly simple question has yet to be adequately answered in the literature. Indeed, prevailing modelling strategies compel us to choose between two unappealing model features: depending on the cost of default selected by the modeler, either the debt ratios are too high and the probability of default is too low or the opposite is true. In view of the historical evidence that countries always default after a crisis, we propose a novel approach to the theory of debt default and develop a model that matches the key stylized facts regarding sovereign risk

 Electoral Fairness and Integrity


BirchSarah Birch
University of Glasgow

18 February, 11:00-13:00
MW Common Room





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Perceptions of Electoral Fairness and Voter Turnout 

Getting away with foul play? The importance of formal and informal oversight institutions for electoral integrity (PDF)

Conscience Wars in Transnational Perspective: Religious Liberty, Third-Party Harm, and Pluralism



Reva Siegel
(Yale University)

17 March 2016, 11:30-13:30
Sala del Capitolo



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Conscience Wars in Transnational Perspective: Religious Liberty, Third-Party Harm, and Pluralism

Democratic Constitutionalism


Republicanism as a Global and an Economic Ideal 



a Master Class with Philip N. Pettit (Princeton University)

19 May 2016, 9:30-11:30
Badia, MW Common Room




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The Conversable, Responsible Corporation

The Globalized Republican Ideal

Between Difference and Inequality: Linguistic and Religious Pluralism

Brubaker photo


A master class with

Rogers Brubaker (UCLA)
16 June 2016, 10:00-12:00
MW Common Room



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Difference and Inequality

Language, Religion and the Politics of Difference

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