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.
Political Economy is the study of the interrelation of markets and politics. This class introduces students to the empirical analysis of selected topics in comparative political economy. Typical topics in comparative political economy are the size of government, public debt, redistribution, development, the role of financial markets and trade. The class covers questions of research design, data management, measurement, data analysis and data presentation based on political economy applications. The class is meant to equip students with a solid basis for writing an... Read more about Methods in Comparative Government II: Comparative Political Economy
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.
The objective of this course is to provide students with the basics of formal modeling in political science. The course has some breadth in coverage in the sense that it provides a graduate-level introduction and overview to different areas in game theory. It is also narrow in the sense that the emphasis is not on application and model testing but getting trained in reading and writing down formal models. At the conceptual level the course will cover the following topics: preferences and individual choices, decision theory, normal form games, Nash equilibria, extensive form games... Read more about MET910a - Tutorial Game Theory