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Seminars for PhD students

The PhD course Political Science Research welcome all PhD students to participate in some of the course's sessions.

Here is the schedule for the PhD course Political Science Research:

Introduction. What is political science?

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings (optional):

  • Goodin, Robert E., 2011. “The State of the Discipline, the Discipline of the State”, in Robert E. Goodin (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Political Science. New York: Oxford University Press (83 p.)
  • Wilson, Matthew Charles and Carl Henrik Knutsen. 2020. “Geographical Coverage in Political Science Research.” Perspectives on Politics. Online first (16 p.)
  • Zerilli, Linda. 2009. “Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought” in John Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, New York: Oxford University Press (17 p.)

What is politics I 

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Arendt, Hannah, 2013, [1958]. The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Excerpts: Prologue, Ch. 1-5, 9-10, 24, 43 & 45; 65 p.)
  • Aristotle, 1996, [c 330 BC]. The Politics and the Constitution of Athens. Edited by Raymond Geuss and Quentin Skinner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Book I & III, 58 p.)
  • Schmitt, Carl, 2008, [1932]. The Concept of the Political. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Excerpts: pp. 19-37; 18 p)

What is politics II 

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Downs, Anthony, 1957. An Economic Theory of Democracy. New York: Harper and Brothers. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-4 & 16; 65 p.)
  • Mansbridge, Jane, 1983. Beyond Adversary Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-3 & 21; 39 p.)
  • Young, Iris Marion, 2002. Inclusion and Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Excerpts: Introduction & Ch. 1; 50 p.).

Power, authority, rule 

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Arendt, Hannah, 1977, [1954]. ‘What is Authority?’ in Between Past and Future. London: Penguin. pp. 91-141. (50 p.)
  • Dahl, Robert A., 1973. Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition. New Haven: Yale University Press. (Excerpts, Ch. 1-2; 29 p.)
  • Huntington, Samuel P., 2006 [1968]. Political Order in Changing Societies. (New Haven: Yale University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, pp. 1-39 & 78-92; 53 p.)
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò, 2019, [1532]. The Prince. Edited by Quentin Skinner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Chs. I-III & VII-X, 25 p.)
  • Mills, C. Wright, 1956. The Power Elite. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 29 p.).
  • Morgenthau, Hans, 1985, [1948]. Politics Among Nations. The Struggle for Power and Peace. New York: Knopf. (Excerpts: ‘Six Principles’, pp. 4-15, 11 p.)
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1995, [1792]. A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Hints. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 2, pp. 87- 108, 21 p.)

The state 

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Brown, Wendy, 2010. Walled States, Waning Sovereignty. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, pp. 7-43, 36 p.)
  • Hobbes, Thomas, 1996, [1651]. Leviathan. Edited by Richard Tuck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Chs. XVI-XVIII, pp. 111-129, 18 p.)
  • Levi, Margaret 2002.’The State of the Study of the State’, in Ira Katznelson and Helen Milner (eds.) Political Science: The State of the Discipline. New York: Norton. pp. 33-55. (22 p.)
  • Skocpol, Theda, 1985. ‘Bringing the State Back In: Strategies of Analysis in Current Research’, in Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Theda Skocpol (eds.), Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 3-38. (35 p.)
  • Sneath, David, 2007. The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, & Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia. New York: Columbia University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 37 p.)
  • Tilly, Charles, 1985. ‘War Making and State Making as Organized Crime’, in Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Theda Skocpol (eds.), Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 169-191. (22 p.)
  • Weber, Max, 2009, [1919]. ‘Politics as a Vocation’, in From Max Weber. Essays in Sociology. Edited by H. H. Gerth and C Wright Mills. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 77-128. (51 p.)

Its competitors 

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 137
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Alighieri, Dante, 1996, [c. 1313]. Monarchy, Edited by Prue Shaw. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Book I, 29 p.)
  • Kant, Immanuel, 1991, [1795]. ’Perpetual Peace. A Philosophical Sketch’, in Hans Reiss (ed.)
  • Kant: Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 93-130. (37 p.)
  • Kumar, Krishan, 2017. Visions of Empire. How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 35 p.)
  • Ostrom, Elinor, 1990. Governing the Commons. The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-2 & 6; 70 p.)
  • Sassen, Saskia, 2008. Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Excerpts: Introduction, 30 p.)
  • Strange, Susan, 1996. The Retreat of the State. The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-2, 5 & 13; 64 p.)

Institutions 

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Douglas, Mary, 1986. How Institutions Think. New York: Syracuse University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 18 p.)
  • Hall, Peter A. and Rosemary C. R. Taylor, 1996. ‘Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms’, Political Studies, vol 44, no. 5, pp. 936-957. (21 p.)
  • Hall, Peter A. and David Soskice, 2001. Varieties of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1; 68 p.).
  • Hirschman, Albert, 1970. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to decline in firms, organizations, and states. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-3, 9; 49 p.)
  • Lijphart, Arend, 1999. Patterns of Democracy. Government Forms and Performance in Thirty- Six Countries. New Haven: Yale University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-3; 47 p.)
  • March, James G. & Johan P. Olsen. 1984. ’The New Institutionalism: Organizational Factors in Political Life’. American Political Science Review vol. 78, no. 3, pp. 734-749. (15 p.)
  • North, Douglass C., 1990. Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-4, 8, 9-11; 71 p.)

Norms, ideas and practices 

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Bourdieu, Pierre, 1977. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 27 p.)
  • Finnemore, Martha and Kathryn Sikkink, 1998. ’International Norm Dynamics and Political Change.’ International Organization vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 887-917. (30 p.)
  • Lipsky, Mikael, 1969. Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services. New York: Russel Sage Foundation. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-2; 22 p.)
  • Putnam, Robert, 1993. Making Democracy Work. Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 4, 5; 75 p.)
  • Zaller, John R., 1992. The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion. New York: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1-3; 53 p.)

Ways of theorizing I 

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Allen, Amy, 2013. The Politics of Our Selves: Power, autonomy, and gender in contemporary critical theory. New York: Columbia University Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 18 p.)
  • Butler, Judith, 2007, [1990]. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. London & New York: Routledge. (Excerpts: Part I, 32 p.)
  • Pocock, John G. A., 2009. Political Thought and History: Essays on Theory and Method. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excerpts: Chs. 5, 6 & 13, 52 p.)

Ways of theorizing II 

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 13:00-15:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Jens Bartelson and Agustín Goenaga

Readings:

  • Geddes, Barbara, 2003. Paradigms and Sand Castles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Excerpts: Ch. 2; 61 p.)
  • Searle, John, 1995. The Construction of Social Reality. New York: The Free Press, 1995. (Excerpts: Ch. 1, 30 p.)
  • Swedberg, Richard, 2012. ’Theorizing in Sociology and Social Science: Turning to the context of discovery.’ Theory and Society vol. 41, no. 1, pp.1-40. (40 p.)

Political Theory I. What is the difference between political theory and social theory?

Date: Monday, January 17, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 137
Instructors: Martin Hall

Readings:

  • Dryzek, John, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (2006) “Introduction”, in John Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, OUP. 3-45. (42 p.)
  • Helliwell, Christine and Barry Hindess (2006) “Political Theory and Social Theory” in John Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, OUP. 810-827. (17 p.)
  • Ritzer, George and Barry Smart (2001) “Introduction: Theorists, Theories and Theorizing” in George Ritzer and Barry Smart (eds) Handbook of Social Theory, SAGE. 1-11. (11 p.)

Political Theory II. Intellectual history and / or normative theory

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Martin Hall

Readings:

  • Bartelson, Jens (2007) “Philosophy and History in the Study of Political Thought” in Journal of the Philosophy of History 1(1): 101-124. (23 p.)
  • Farr, James (2006) “The History of Political Thought as Disciplinary Genre” in John Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, OUP. 225- 242. (17 p.)
  • Wagner, Peter (2003) “As Intellectual History Meets Historical Sociology: Historical Sociology after the Linguistic Turn” in Gerard Delanty and Engin F. Isin (eds) Handbook of historical sociology. London: Sage. 168-180. (12 p.)

Comparative Politics I. Elite-level behavior: parties, governments and policy-making

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Hanna Bäck

Readings:

  • Bäck, Hanna, Debus, Marc, and Müller, Wolfgang C., 2016. “Intra-party Diversity and Ministerial Selection in Coalition Governments”. Public Choice 166: 355-378 (22 p.).
  • Huber, John D., Martinez-Gallardo, Cecilia, 2008. “Replacing Cabinet Ministers: Patterns of Ministerial Stability in Parliamentary Democracies”. American Political Science Review 102: 169- 180 (11 p.).
  • Klüver, Heike, and Hanna Bäck. 2019. "Coalition agreements, issue attention, and cabinet governance." Comparative Political Studies 52.13-14: 1995-2031 (36 p.).
  • Martin, Lanny W. and Georg Vanberg. 2014. “Parties and Policymaking in Multiparty Governments: The Legislative Median, Ministerial Autonomy, and the Coalition Compromise.” American Journal of Political Science 58(4):979–996 (17 p.).
  • Müller, Wolfgang C., and Meyer, Thomas, 2010. “Meeting the challenges of representation and accountability in multiparty governments”. West European Politics 33(4): 1065–1092 (27 p.).

Comparative Politics II. Mass- level behavior: polarization and radicalization

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Hanna Bäck

Readings:

  • Huddy, Leonie, Lilliana Mason, and Lene Aarøe. 2015. “Expressive partisanship: Campaign involvement, political emotion, and partisan identity." American Political Science Review: 1-17 (17 p.).
  • Iyengar, S., Lelkes, Yptach, Levendusky, Matthew, Malhotra, Neil, & Westwood, Sean. J. 2019. “The origins and consequences of affective polarization in the United States”. Annual Review of Political Science, 22, 129-146 (17 p.).
  • Mason, Lilliana. 2015. “I disrespectfully agree”: The differential effects of partisan sorting on social and issue polarization." American Journal of Political Science 59.1: 128-145 (17 p.).
  • Renström, Emma A., Hanna Bäck, and Holly M. Knapton. 2020. "Exploring a pathway to radicalization: The effects of social exclusion and rejection sensitivity." Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 23.8 (2020): 1204-1229 (25 p.).
  • Valentino, Nicholas A., Brader, Ted, Groenendyk, Erik, Gregorowicz, Krycha, Hutchings, Vincent. 2011. “Election night’s alright for fighting: The role of emotions in political participation”. The Journal of Politics 73: 156-170 (14 p.).

International Relations I. 

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 137
Instructors: Catarina Kinnvall

Readings:

  • Epstein, Charlotte (2013) ‘Theorizing Agency in Hobbes Wake: The rational actor, the self or the speaking subject’, International Organization 67(2): 287-316 (29 p.)
  • Hutchings, Kimberly and Owens, Patricia (2021) ‘Women Thinkers and the Canon of International Thought: Recovery, rejection, and reconstitution’, American Political Science Review, 1-13, (online) doi:10.1017/S0003055420000969 (13 p.)
  • Navon, Emmanuel (2001) ‘The Third Debate Revisited’, Review of International Studies 27: 611-25 (14 p.)
  • De Carvalho, Benjamin, Leira, Halvard, Hobson, John M. (2011) ‘The Big Bangs of IR: The myths that your teachers still tell you about 1648 and 1919’, Millenium 39(3): 725-738 (13 p.)

International Relations II. 

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Catarina Kinnvall

Readings:

  • Bhambra, Gurminder (2014) Postcolonial and Decolonial Dialogues’, Postcolonial Studies, 17(2): 115-121. (6 p.)
  • Burke, Anthony, Fisher, Stefanie, Mitchell Audra, Dalby, Simon, Levine, Daniel J. (2016), ‘Planet Politics: A manifesto from the End of IR’ Millenium 44(3): 499-523. (24 p.)    
  • Hobson, John, M. (2007) ‘Is Critical Theory always for the White West or for Western Imperialism: Beyond Westphilian towards a post-racist critical IR’ Review of International Studies, 33(S1): 91-116 (25 p.)
  • Hutchinson, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2014) ‘Theorizing Emotions in World Politics’,
  • International Theory, 6(3): 491-514. (23 p.)
  • Kinnvall, Catarina and Mitzen, Jennifer (2020) ‘Anxiety, Fear, and Ontological Security in World Politics: Thinking with and beyond Giddens’, International Theory, 12(2): 240-256. (16 p.)
  • Lyytikäinen, Minna, Yadav, Punal, Wibben, Annick TR (2020) ‘Unruly wives in the household: Toward feminist genealogies for peace research’, Cooperation and Conflict, 65(1): 3-25. (22 p.)

Public Administration I. Change and continuity – The case of public sector innovation

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 137
Instructors: Mats Fred

Readings:

  • Bringselius, Louise, Thomasson, Anna. 2017. Balancing Stability and Change in the New Weberian State. Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift. Vol.119:1. (29 p.)
  • De Vries, Hanna. Bekkers, Victor, Tummers, Lars. 2015. Innovation in the public sector: a systemic review and future research agenda. Public Administration. (21 p.)
  • Ettelt, Stefanie, Mays, Nicholas 2019. Policy pilots as public sector projects. The projectificaiton of policy and research. In Hodgson et al., The projectificaiton of the public sector. Routledge: Routledge. (15 p.)
  • Kronsell, Annika. Mukhtar-Landgren, Dalia. 2019. Experimental governance: the role of municipalities in urban living labs. European planning studies. Vol.26:5. (21 p.)

Public Administration II. The end of bureaucracy?

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 10:00-12:00
Location: Eden 367
Instructors: Mats Fred

Readings:

  • Byrkjeflot, Haldor and du Gay, Paul (2012), "Bureaucracy: An Idea Whose Time has Come (Again)?", Diefenbach, T. and Todnem By, R. (Ed.) Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy – from the Bureau to Network Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 35), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 85-109. (24 p.)
  • Ferguson, Katherine, 1985. The Feminist Case Against Bureaucracy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (excerpts; ca. 30 p.)
  • McMullin, Caitlin. 2021. Challenging the necessity of New Public Governance: Co-production by third sector organizations under different models of publicmanagement. Public Administration. Vol.99:5-22. DOI: 10.1111/padm.12672 (17 p.)
  • Styhre, Alexander. The innovative bureaucracy. Bureaucracy in an age of fluidity. Routledge studies in innovation, organization and technology. (Ch. 1, 26p.)