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2012/2013  BA-PCP2  Comparative Political Economy

English Title
Comparative Political Economy

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Hubert Buch-Hansen - Department for Business and Politics
Main Category of the Course
  • International Political Economy
Last updated on 24-01-2013
Learning objectives
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
  • Understand the key theoretical approaches to different models of capitalism and welfare state regimes in advanced industrialised economies.
  • Apply such theoretical approaches in synchronic and diachronic comparative analyses of different advanced industrialised economies, primarily through research from the student’s independent reading.
  • Explain the main trends and dynamics in the transformation of advanced industrial economies and welfare regimes
Comparative Political Economy:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period April and August, The ordinary exam is in April. The re-exam is in August.
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
The exam is a home assignment (max. 10 standard pages) graded by teacher and a second internal examiner on the 7 point scale.

The re-examination is a four hour closed book exam.
Course content
The course covers the main theoretical approaches in the field of comparative political economy, including the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach as well as constructivist and critical political economy theories. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical approaches they are discussed in relation to concrete advanced industrialised economies. The course takes both a synchronic and a diachronic comparative perspective on national economic systems, and focuses for instance on how various external pressures upon such systems are mediated by domestic actors. The course also covers the transformation of the welfare state and different ways of classifying and comparing welfare regimes. Finally various concrete policy areas and topics of relevance to state-business relations are dealt with in a comparative perspective.
Teaching methods
Expected literature
Important: You must read the Essential Readings prior to the lectures in order to engage in discussions!
Last updated on 24-01-2013