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The Berlin Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has been conducting research and teaching in the field of European economic policy-making, European integration and comparative policy studies since 1998. The topics of the various fields of research are reflected in Jean Monnet Courses and Modules, which have been developed to support teaching in the field of European integration. A special characteristic of the teaching programme is the first hand knowledge provided by the participation of many young lecturers and experts, who possess direct professional experience of the EU institutions and policymaking processes. In 1998 the Jean Monnet Lectures, a series of European related lectures by outstanding speakers from academia and practice, were added to the regular course programme. The JMC offers courses in all major areas of political science: political theory, the German political system, comparative politics and international relations. In all these fields, the JMC employs the theoretical and empirical methods of Modern Political Economy.
Seminar-15395 - Modern Political Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Bolle

Location: Ihnestr.21/F Seminarraum

Time: Monday, 16:00 - 18:00

Syllabus: [ JMC-Berlin-Seminar-Plan.pdf ]


Modern Political Economy is concerned with the interaction between political and economic systems. As in any other science, a variety of analytical (theoretical as well as empirical) methods do exist and can be distinguished. The basic feature of this seminar is to explain economic policies and economic performance by focusing on the interaction between preferences, processes of political decision-making and institutions. The seminar will develop an understanding of methodological foundations and simple models. Furthermore, it will engage in the discussion of timely substantial subjects and findings. The course will also use significant empirical examples of international relations in a Putnam-setting with special focus on the European Union. The acquired knowledge of models and approaches can be employed to analyse and explain further problems in the field of political science and economics that students may encounter in the course of their studies. Please contact Prof. Bolle ( before the start of the course. Syllabus and course outline are available on the JMC website (


Scheinerwerb:    7 ECTS point only  (talk to Prof. Bolle if you want to go for 3 ECTS points only, see office hourse below)

  • Active participation on a regular basis
  • Brief oral summary of the last session (ca. 5 Minuten) upon request
  • Abstract of the paper in progress (Max. 1 page to MB/FB one week before the session latest
  • Presentation (ca. 20min)
  • Paper based on principles of scientific work (max 10 pages) incl. references, maps, data sets.and mathematics but without title page and list of contents

Prof. Michael Bolle         
Do: 10:00 – 12:00 Uhr

Termin nur nach vorheriger Vereinbarung