Current Political Phenomena

Università Bocconi, 2018 - 2019

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


Setting the stage
I: Political polarization in the US
II: Populism in the XXI century
III: Declining Trust in the European Union
IV: Going Negative in Political Campaigns
V: Debating Representative Democracy