Helen Callaghan, PhD
James Madison University in Florence
EU Institutions and Policy-Making
(Masters level course)
This course provides an overview of European Union institutions and policymaking processes. It analyzes the various roles of EU institutions and advisory bodies. It examines the ways in which interest groups, political parties and public opinion affect decision-making in the Union. It explains and traces the implications of the diversity of policymaking processes that characterize EU decision-making. Finally, the course engages debates about the “democratic deficit” in Europe and considers whether meaningful action can be taken to increase legitimacy.
European University Institute
Varieties of Capitalism: West, East, South
This course provides an overview on comparative research and current debates on varieties of capitalist political economies, contrasting Western models of capitalism with diverse variants in the post-socialist Eastern and Central Europe and with countries from Latin America. The course starts with an overview and comparison of different comparative approaches to capitalism followed by the discussion of broader regional variations in the organization of capitalist economies. The largest part of the course is devoted to examining institutional variation in specific domains, including corporate finance, labor markets, industrial relations or corporate governance. For each domain, we discuss typologies, theories of how institutional differences matter, and theoretically oriented case studies from the West, East and South.
Comparative Corporate Governance
(Advanced undergraduate lecture course)
A recent series of spectacular scandals- including Tyco, Enron and WorldCom in the US, Vivendi, Ahern and Parmalat in Europe- has brought corporate governance issues to the forefront of political agendas around the world. Reform proposals are controversial because the structure of authority relationships within firms affects not just the likelihood of fraud. It also matters for economic performance, company finance, production strategies and the distribution of incomes. In this course, we will draw on arguments from political science, economics, history, law and sociology to identify the issues at stake, examine how and why the US corporate governance system differs from those of other advanced industrialized countries, look at the implications of these differences and discuss whether they are likely to persist in the future.
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