Welcome to the Homepage of the Chair of Political Economy
Comparative and international political economy as well as formal political theory constitute the main areas of interest of the academic staff at the Chair of Political Economy. Political economy deals with the influence of political processes and institutions on policy and economic outcomes building on formal and technical tools of economic analysis. In addition to attempting a consistent micro-foundation of institutional arguments, the empirical implications of theoretical models are examined.
Our research profile is documented by the publications and the research projects of our staff. In the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms" we examine Reform Agendas and Intra-party Programmatic Position-taking. Furthermore, in our research projects based at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), we do research on Party Competition, Electoral Incentives and Legislative Behaviour. More information about our current course catalogue can be received here.
The Chair of Political Economy offers on a regular basis lectures on Comparative Politics for students in the B.A. program political science as well as the lectures "Game Theory" and "International Political Economy" for graduate students. In addition, we offer diverse seminars in the areas of comparative politics and (international) political economy, exam and thesis colloquia, and workshops at the Doctoral Center in Social and Behavioral Science (CDSS). More information about our current syllabus can be found here.