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Foundations of Institutional Political Analysis

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  • Mon 18 Jan 2021 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-18 17:00 2021-01-18 19:00 Europe/Paris Foundations of Institutional Political Analysis

Institutions are the second nature of society. Creations of men and women, institutions order social, political, economic and even cultural intercourse. Indeed, institutions constitute the very basis for human interaction. Consequently, institutions bear within them equally the potential danger of the most deep-seated social control, as well as the promise of human liberation from both the social bond and the constraints of nature. Institutionalism is the study of the origins, effects and potential for reform of institutions.

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.

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.

Requirements:

For each session, we ask students to post 2-3 questions about readings (or the relationship among the readings), with each question accompanied by an expository paragraph or two explaining the origins and context of the questions. Over the course of the seminar, students must submit questions for 5 of the 10 course sessions (students may choose the sessions for which they post questions, except for the first session). We expect students to post questions to the course webpage by 17:00 the previous day, as these questions will guide our discussion in the next day’s class. These brief ‘question papers’ are fundamental for a fruitful discussion of the materials, as is a thorough reading of the assigned readings.

Requirements: readings, participation, discussion questions, optional term paper (literature review)

Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

Institutions are the second nature of society. Creations of men and women, institutions order social, political, economic and even cultural intercourse. Indeed, institutions constitute the very basis for human interaction. Consequently, institutions bear within them equally the potential danger of the most deep-seated social control, as well as the promise of human liberation from both the social bond and the constraints of nature. Institutionalism is the study of the origins, effects and potential for reform of institutions.

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.

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.

Requirements:

For each session, we ask students to post 2-3 questions about readings (or the relationship among the readings), with each question accompanied by an expository paragraph or two explaining the origins and context of the questions. Over the course of the seminar, students must submit questions for 5 of the 10 course sessions (students may choose the sessions for which they post questions, except for the first session). We expect students to post questions to the course webpage by 17:00 the previous day, as these questions will guide our discussion in the next day’s class. These brief ‘question papers’ are fundamental for a fruitful discussion of the materials, as is a thorough reading of the assigned readings.

Requirements: readings, participation, discussion questions, optional term paper (literature review)


Location:
Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Adele Ines Battistini (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Philipp Genschel (EUI - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)
Prof. Ellen M. Immergut (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Attachment:
Genschel_Immergut Foundations of Institutional Political Analysis.pdf

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