Comparative Political Economy
This course will introduce students to the major debates in the field of Comparative Political Economy. With a focus on advanced democracies (North America, Western Europe, East Asia), we will discuss topics such as why some countries are more unequal than others, why some countries redistribute more than others, how welfare states differ across countries, how globalization and technological change (digitalization, AI, robots) are transforming politics and the economy, how people form their preferences over redistribution and taxation, how rising property prices affect political preferences and policies, and more.
After taking the course, the students will have gained knowledge of the classic debates in Comparative Political Economy as well as of new developments in the field. This knowledge is essential for understanding the contemporary politics of advanced industrial societies.
Full-degree students enrolled at the Department of Political Science, UCPH
- MSc in Political Science
- MSc in Social Science
- MSc in Security Risk Management
- Bachelor in Political Science
Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH
- Master Programme in Social Data Science
- Bachelor and Master Programmes in Economics
- Master programme in Global Development
The course is open to:
- Exchange and Guest students from abroad
- Credit students from Danish Universities
- Open University students
Enrolled students register the course through the Selfservice. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
Upon completion of the course, the students will 1) have gained a basic understanding of the major debates in the field of Comparative Political Economy, 2) be able to discuss and critically analyze empirical studies in this field, 3) have gained the knowledge to participate in societal debates about politics and the economy.
the course will strengthen the student’s analytical skills and their ability to formulate convincing and coherent arguments.
- Describe and discuss the major debates in Comparative Political Economy
- Make use of and evaluate different theories on the topic
- Develop and test own research questions
The course will be highly discussion based mixed with the occasional short lecture and group work.
During the course, we will read a mix of classic and new work related to themes such as economic inequality, redistribution, the welfare state, growth models, technological change, economic insecurity, populism etc.
Total number of pages: 1000-1200
Continuing and Professional Education – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
- Full-degree students – sign up at Selfservice on KUnet
- Exchange and guest students from abroad – sign up through Mobility Online and Selfservice
- Credit students from Danish universities - sign up through this website.
- Open University students - sign up through this website.
The dates for the exams are found here Exams – Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Please note that it is your own responsibility to check for overlapping exam dates.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Free written assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Department of Political Science, Study Council
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Anthropology
- Social Data Science
- Department of Economics
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Mads Andreas Elkjær (4-71656970446d6a77326f7932686f)
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