Helen Callaghan, PhD




Winter 2014/15

International Max Planck Research School
Economy and Society I
(Ph.D. seminar)
The seminar explores central topics of political economy and economic sociology. It ranges from the origins of the two disciplines – when they were not yet separated – to theories on the relationship between capitalism and democracy after World War II. Seminar readings reflect the major political-economic controversies of modernity: the origin and peculiarities of the capitalist economic system; the role of politics in a liberal economic order; the need for reform and the possibility of revolution; the limits of state regulation and social control of the capitalist economy; and the relationship be-tween the capitalist market economy and modern culture. The seminar lays the foundations for a further seminar (Economy and Society II) on more recent theories and research approaches.
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Winter 2013/14

International Max Planck Research School
Logic of Social Inquiry
(Ph.D. seminar)
The course introduces students to the logic of inquiry and research design in the social sciences. It is aimed at Ph.D. candidates who are in the process of formulating their dissertation projects.
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Fall 2007/08

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.
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Winter 2006/07

European University Institute
Varieties of Capitalism: West, East, South
(Ph.D. seminar)

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.
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Fall 2005/06

Northwestern University
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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