Teaching

Political Economy

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2019
In this class, we will discuss the intersection of Politics and the Economy. The course is structured by discussing theoretical models on a topic, followed by a discussion and application of methods to empirically test the models.  We will cover topics such as fiscal policy and the budget, political business cycles, electoral competition and political accountability, corruption, rent-seeking/lobbying, economic  reforms, as well as transaction cost politics.

Interest Group Politics

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2019
In the media, Lobbyists are often portrayed as an evil force only concerned with filling their pockets at the expense of the public. In the academic literature, interest groups are seen as an important factor in decision-making processes in modern democracies. In this seminar we will analyze the role of interest groups in shaping policy outcomes. This includes the analysis of lobbying activities and strategies, as well as the assessment of interest group efficacy. We seek to provide a balanced view of the risks and benefits of interest group involvement.

Public Choice

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2018
Public Choice is the study of political phenomena using tools of economics. In this course, we will provide an introduction to the use of decision and game theoretic approaches to the analysis of aggregating preferences, voting, party competition, political bargaining and decision-making, lobbying. Main emphasis is on theoretical aspects of public choice to help understand how institutions constrain and incentivize political actors.

Legislative Politics: Understanding Strategic Interaction in Law-Making

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2018
Laws are one of the main outputs of politics. In order to understand why some laws come into being, and in which shape, one has to understand the processes of legislative politics. We will analyse the role of parliaments, parliamentary committees, governments, parties as well as other actors such as courts or interest groups in legislative politics. The main focus of this class is an analytical  perspective highlighting the strategic interactions involved in legislative decision-making.

Experiments in the Social Sciences

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018
Experiments are an increasingly popular research method in the Social Sciences. At the same time, experiments are rapidly becoming the most important tool used for policy evaluation by national decision-makers and international organizations such as the World Bank. This is due to the fact that experiments are often seen as a gold standard for research designs because they allow for causal inferences. In this course, we will discuss different types of experiments and how they can be used to study causal relationships. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of... Read more about Experiments in the Social Sciences

Political Institutions: Analysis and Comparison

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2017
Institutions are a key unit of analysis in comparative politics. In this class we will discuss different theoretical approaches used to understand political institutions. The focus will be on emergence, stability and institutional change. We will also highlight differences and commonalities between democratic and autocratic institutions. A main focus is on how institutions help shape political behaviour and outcomes.

Legislative Politics: Understanding Strategic Interaction in Law-Making

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2017
Laws are one of the main outputs of politics. In order to understand why some laws come into being, and in which shape, one has to understand the processes of legislative politics. We will analyse the role of parliaments, parliamentary committees, governments, parties as well as other actors such as courts or interest groups in legislative politics. The main focus of this class is an analytical perspective highlighting the strategic interactions involved in legislative decision-making.

Experimental Political Science

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2017
Experiments are an increasingly popular research method in political science. They are often seen as the gold standard for research designs. In this course we will discuss different types of experiments and how they can be used to study causal relationships in political science. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different experimental designs. The design of the course hinges on a connection of theoretical discussions and a strong active component, where students design, run, analyse and present an experiment in group work.

Interest Group Politics

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2017
In the media, Lobbyists are often portrayed as an evil force only concerned with filling their pockets at the expense of the public. In the academic literature, interest groups are seen as an important factor in decision-making processes in modern democracies. In this  seminar we will analyze the role of interest groups in shaping policy outcomes. This includes the analysis of lobbying activities and strategies, as well as the assessment of interest group efficacy. We seek to provide a balanced view of the risks and benefits of interest group involvement.

The Political Economy of the Eurozone

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2016
Ever since the introduction of the Euro as a common currency there has been debate about its construction and appropriateness. Likewise, the effectiveness of governance of the Euro-zone was questioned. These debates were intensified by the onset of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis in 2009 and continue until today. In this class, we will analyse the economic and political effects of the Euro, causes and consequences of the crisis, and the effectiveness of governance in the Eurozone. We will discuss key actors and their decision-making powers and how the latter are... Read more about The Political Economy of the Eurozone

GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016
In this course we develop tools to analyse important political phenomena including elections, legislative bargaining, lobbying, bureaucracy, clientelism and international relations. We focus on game theory as a way of understanding strategic interactions among political actors within different institutional arrangements. Students will learn basic game theoretical concepts and apply them to a variety of political contexts; these tools should be useful both for explaining existing political  outcomes and for designing interventions to achieve desired future... Read more about GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy

GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015
In this course we develop tools to analyse important political phenomena including elections, legislative bargaining, lobbying, bureaucracy, clientelism and international relations. We focus on game theory as a way of understanding strategic interactions among political actors within different institutional arrangements. Students will learn basic game theoretical concepts and apply them to a variety of political  contexts; these tools should be useful both for explaining existing political outcomes and for designing interventions to achieve desired future outcomes.... Read more about GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy

GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014
In this course we develop tools to analyse important political phenomena including elections, legislative bargaining, lobbying, bureaucracy, clientelism and international relations. We focus on game theory as a way of understanding strategic interactions among political actors within different institutional arrangements. Students will learn basic game theoretical concepts and apply them to a variety of political contexts; these tools should be useful both for explaining existing political outcomes and for designing interventions to achieve desired future outcomes.

B.A. thesis colloquium (in German)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014
Das Kolloquium bietet Anleitung und Hilfestellung bei der Anfertigung von wissenschaftlichen Abschlussarbeiten im Teilgebiet Internationale Beziehungen. Es vermittelt zunächst Grundlagen der Forschungslogik. Vor diesem Hintergrund werden sodann die einzelnen Themenvorschläge und erste Ergebnisse diskutiert.

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