Political Sociology and Political Economy

Course Description: 

This is a four credit PhD course designed to help students who are interested in the intersections between politics, societies and economies. Its approach is multidisciplinary and combines the perspectives of political science, sociology and political economy. It incorporates both qualitative and quantitative empirical research. The course consists of two sections.

The political sociology section of the course, conducted by András Bozóki, focuses on five major topics: 1. politics and society and the structure of political power, 2. the development of the modern state and its social functions, 3. elite theories, old and new, 4. theories of intellectuals, technocracy and New Class 5. the concept of civil society and the role of social movements.

The political economy section of the course, taught by Inna Melnykovska, highlights key concepts and core theoretical debates in political economy about the origins and effects of (formal and informal) institutions and the variety of capitalist systems, as well as about the interplay between domestic, regional and inter-/transnational processes, the interaction of structure and agency and the role of (public and private) power and (democratic and illiberal) politics in building modern capitalism.