CIW-Seminar: The Economics of Populism and Radicalism

The Chair of Political Economy offers a Bachelor seminar on "The Economics of Populism and Radicalism" in the upcoming Summer term 2021. This seminar discusses the causes and consequences of the rise in populism and radicalism in the 21st century. The topics selected cover many dimensions, from economic crises and globalization, to the role of media and social norms. As a complement, a short historical perspective is included as well. Through this seminar, participants will engage with state-of-the-art empirical research in political economy.

The course language is English.

The course is open to students in the FB4 interdisciplinary Bachelor programs as well as to Bachelor students in the economics program. Prior knowledge in introductory econometrics is urgently required. We assume participants to be familiar with the contents of Statistics I and II, at least. Additional knowledge in econometrics is highly welcome. If you have not taken statistics or econometrics classes at the FB4, please be prepared to acquire the respective knowledge yourself. Prior knowledge in Political Economy, Public Choice Theory and/or Law & Economics is useful. Students who have successfully applied for this seminar will receive an e-mail with information on how to sign in for the Learnweb course. In order to earn credit points, all participants are required to write and present a term paper of 15 pages and to actively participate during the seminar.

An introductory meeting will take place on April 21, 2021 via Zoom. Participation is mandatory. The seminar is planned take place on July 1-2, 2021. Submission deadline for term papers is June 27, 2021 (11.59 p.m.). For more information on the course and the topics, please see the attached syllabus.

Please enroll for this course (“CIW-Seminar”) by using the form provided on the CIW webpage. The enrollment deadline is March 15, 2021. In case of questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact Clementine Kessler in the CIW secretary. If you have organizational questions, please reach out to Manuel Santos Silva.