Political Sociology and Political Economy

Course Description: 

The political sociology section of the course, conducted by Zsolt Enyedi, focuses on six major subjects: 1. the development of the modern state and its social functions, 2. the structure of political power, with a special focus on debates between elitist and pluralist approaches, 3. the components of political culture and the major configurations of political attitudes, 4. movements and political participation, including the analysis of populism 5. social factors behind political loyalties and the evolution of political cleavages, and, finally, 6. religion and mass political behavior.

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 about the role of (public and private) power and (democratic and illiberal) politics in building modern capitalism.

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