Current Political Phenomena


The course aims at discussing current political phenomena in a workshop setting. Students are divided in groups and encouraged to critically present the assigned materials after a general lecture from the instructor.

The course deals with current political phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a blend of theoretical and empirical discussion. The covered topics include:

– Political polarization in the US
– The economic and cultural determinants of populist movements
– The “trust” crisis of the European Union
– Political selection in representative democracies
– Going negative in political campaigns