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Datos generales


Nombre de la asignatura: Temas de Política Internacional

Código de la asignatura: 570427

Curso académico: 2021-2022

Coordinación: Macarena Ares Abalde

Departamento: Departamento de Ciencia Política, Derecho Constitucional y Filosofía del Derecho

créditos: 5

Programa único: S



Horas estimadas de dedicación

Horas totales 125


Actividades presenciales y/o no presenciales



-  Teórico-práctica




Trabajo tutelado/dirigido


Aprendizaje autónomo






Any student can enroll and complete the subject, although it is helpful to be familiar with knowledge of related social sciences such as political science and sociology.



Competencias que se desarrollan


  • Skills in techniques, procedures and analytical tools to understand and diagnose the main international challenges affecting governments and societies across the globe
  • Ability to develop an analytical mind and research drive with an international perspective
  • Ability to present research in different formats
  • Understanding of the different schools and approaches in political science and international relations to study modern political, social and economic challenges
  • Skills in critical analysis of current political and social problems
  • Ability to distinguish the normative and empirical levels of political science reflections and learn to adapt them to a specific problem
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to substantiate arguments through empirical evidence and reference to scientific literature
  • Ability to summarize and reflect on the main debates in the literature, and relate them to a specific problem





Objetivos de aprendizaje


Referidos a conocimientos

After successful completion of the course participants will be able to describe, summarize and analyze the main international challenges affecting global societies today. This means that participants will be familiar with the main social transformations that have taken place in these societies, as well as with the main causal factors behind these transformations. Moreover, focusing on the political dimension of these challenges, participants will be able to identify the conflictual interests between actors of different kinds (governments, organizations, and citizens) around the different policy proposals to address these challenges.

In this course participants will be asked to analyze the linkages between these different challenges, and identify potential synergies, conflicts between the policy solutions proposed by different actors. This will familiarize them with the close connection between social and economic transformations, governments’ roles in responding to and affecting these transformations.

Through the exercises proposed in the seminar, participants will gain ample experience in identifying the main propositions of different theories, in appraising and criticizing these theories.



Bloques temáticos


1. Block I: Economic challenges

1.1. Economic inequality and its relation to politics

1.2. Why do we not see more demands for redistribution?

1.3. New economic risks in knowledge economies and their political consequences

1.4. The World Politics of Social Investment

1.5. Taxation: demands and consequences

2. Block II: Territorial challenges

2.1. Rural-urban disparities and left-behind areas

2.2. Secessionism in liberal democracies

2.3. Euroscepticism and European integration

2.4. Climate change and environmental policy

2.5. Backlash against globalization

3. Block III: Democratic challenges

3.1. Democratic backsliding

3.2. Political polarization

3.3. Corruption



Metodología y actividades formativas


Teaching methods and general organization
The methodology for this subject is developed through the following activities:

  • Face-to-face sessions led by the lecturer with participation by students. To encourage participation, for each session, one or a few students will be in charge of preparing discussion questions (ahead of the session) and act as discussion leaders.
  • Each of the session has a set of assigned readings that should be read before the session. Usually one reading takes a more global view on the topic, while a second reading proposes an implementation or a specific aspect of the topic.
  • Full information on continuous assessment activities (individual or group assignments) will be provided at the beginning of the course.

This subject is taught in English.



Evaluación acreditativa de los aprendizajes


Students are expected to regularly attend the seminar, to have read in advance the readings for each class (2-3 articles per week), and to participate actively in the classroom.

Students are assessed on three activities:

  • 20% of the final grade is based on the assessment of the questions and activities prepared as discussion leader
  • 10% of the final grade is based on the assessment of in-class participation (the specific evaluation of participation will be explained in the first session of the seminar)
  • 30% of the final grade is based on a short essay assignment (1500/2000 words) written in response to one question (selected by the participant out of two possible questions). The questions for this first short essay will be made available after having finalized the first block, on Economic challenges.
  • 40% of the final grade is based on a second short essay assignment (1500/2000 words) written in response to one question (selected by the participant out of two possible questions). The questions for this second short essay will be made available after having finalized the third block, on Democratic challenges, and can pertain to blocks II and III



Fuentes de información básica

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


Gidron, N., Adams, J., & Horne, W. (2020). American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective. Elements in American Politics.


Hall, P. A. (2021). How Growth Strategies Evolve in Developed Democracies. In A. Hassel & B. Palier (Eds.), Growth & Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies (pp. 57–97). Oxford University Press.

Dancygier, R., & Walter, S. (2015). Globalization, Labor Market Risks, and Class Cleavages. In P. Beramendi, S. Häusermann, H. Kitschelt, & H. Kriesi (Eds.), The Politics of Advanced Capitalism (pp. 133–156). Cambridge University Press.

Häusermann, S., Garritzmann, J., & Palier, B. (2022). The Politics of Social Investment: A Global Theoretical Framework. In J. Garritzmann, S. Häusermann, & B. Palier (Eds.), The World Politics of Social Investment: Volume 1: Welfare States in the Knowledge Economy. Oxford University Press.

Palier, B., Garritzmann, J., & Häusermann, S. (2022). Towards a Worldwide View on the Politics of Social Investment. In J. Garritzmann, S. Häusermann, & B. Palier (Eds.), The World Politics of Social Investment: Volume 1: Welfare States in the Knowledge Economy. Oxford University Press.

Cramer, K. J. (2016). The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. University of Chicago Press. Chapter 1

Vries, Catherine E. de. 2018. Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration. First Edition. Oxford, United Kingdom; New York: Oxford University Press. Chapters 2 and 3


Piketty, T., & Saez, E. (2014). Inequality in the long run. Science, 344(6186), 838–843.

Gethin, A., Martínez-Toledano, C., & Piketty, T. (forthcoming). Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right: Changing Political Cleavages in 21 Western Democracies, 1948-2020.

Abou-Chadi, T., & Hix, S. (2021). Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right? Education, class, multiparty competition, and redistribution in Western Europe. The British Journal of Sociology, 72(1), 79–92.

Gallego A, Kurer T. 2022. “Workplace automation and digitalization: Implications for political behavior.” Annual Review of Political Science 25, forthcoming.

Hope, D., & Limberg, J. (2022). The economic consequences of major tax cuts for the rich. Socio-Economic Review.

Cansunar, A. (2020). Who is High-Income, Anyway?: Social Comparison, Subjective Group-Identification, and Preferences over Progressive Taxation. The Journal of Politics.

Carreras, M., Irepoglu Carreras, Y., & Bowler, S. (2019). Long-Term Economic Distress, Cultural Backlash, and Support for Brexit. Comparative Political Studies, 52(9), 1396–1424.

Colantone, I., & Stanig, P. (2018). The Trade Origins of Economic Nationalism: Import Competition and Voting Behavior in Western Europe. American Journal of Political Science, 62(4), 936–953.

Requejo, F., & Sanjaume-Calvet, M. (2021). Explaining Secessionism: What Do We Really Know About It? Politics and Governance, 9(4), 371–375.

Amat, F., & Rodon, T. (2021). Institutional Commitment Problems and Regional Autonomy: The Catalan Case. Politics and Governance, 9(4), 439–452.

Hobolt, S. B., & de Vries, C. E. (2016). Public Support for European Integration. Annual Review of Political Science, 19(1), 413–432.

Schaffer, L. M., Oehl, B., & Bernauer, T. (2021). Are policymakers responsive to public demand in climate politics? Journal of Public Policy, 1–29.

Beiser-McGrath, L. F., Bernauer, T., Song, J., & Uji, A. (2021). Understanding public support for domestic contributions to global collective goods. Climatic Change, 166(3), 51.

Walter, S. (2021). The Backlash Against Globalization. Annual Review of Political Science, 24(1), 421–442.

Bearce, D. H., & Jolliff Scott, B. J. (2019). Popular non-support for international organizations: How extensive and what does this represent? The Review of International Organizations, 14(2), 187–216.

Waldner, D., & Lust, E. (2018). Unwelcome Change: Coming to Terms with Democratic Backsliding. Annual Review of Political Science, 21(1), 93–113.

Gamboa, L. (2017). Opposition at the Margins: Strategies against the Erosion of Democracy in Colombia and Venezuela. Comparative Politics, 49(4), 457–477.

Graham, M. H., & Svolik, M. W. (2020). Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States. American Political Science Review, 114(2), 392–409.

Svolik, M. W. (2019). Polarization versus Democracy. Journal of Democracy, 30(3), 20–32.

De Vries, C. E., & Solaz, H. (2018). Corruption and Electoral Accountability: Avenues for Future Research. In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 1–13). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ferraz, C., & Finan, F. (2008). Exposing Corrupt Politicians: The Effects of Brazil’s Publicly Released Audits on Electoral Outcomes. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123(2), 703–745.

Comunicaciones, ponencias

Mathisen, R. B. (2021). Taxing the 1 percent: Public opinion vs. Public policy. Paper Presented at the Unequal Democracies Seminar Series. University of Geneva.

Texto electrónico

“ESSS Round 8 - TL9 - Climate Change and Energy FINAL.Pdf.” (January 13, 2022).