IE POLITICS RESEARCH GROUP Join our Seminar Series and explore research in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, political economy and more.


The seminar series provides a platform for discussing new exciting research in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, and political economy. The series meets four to five times per semester and features presentations of ongoing research by local and international researchers.

The IE Politics Research Group gathers faculty from across the university and the business school interested in issues of democracy, development, voting behavior, ethnic conflict, international trade and finance, and social entrepreneurship. The seminar series provides a platform for discussing new exciting research in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, political economy, and political theory and features presentations of cutting-edge research by internal and external researchers.[We invite 8 external, plus 6 internal (IE or Madrid-based), speakers on average per year. These seminars are meant to be work-in-progress research seminars, open to all IE students and professors, as well as a selected list of invitees outside of IE, mostly comprising academics and researchers in other Madrid-based institutions. Speakers are for the most part invited faculty members and academic researchers from universities and academic institutions around the world. The purpose of these seminar series is to promote unpublished cutting-edge research.


All interested are welcome to attend.

For further information, please contact the IE Politics Research Group seminar series coordinators.

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Seminar Series

Series Description

The Authoritarian Wager: Mass Political Action and the Sudden Collapse of Repression

Date: 24 Mar 2017
Prof. Branislav Slantchev (University of California San Diego)

The Role of Campaign in Selenting Good Representatives: Are Hard-Working Candidates also Hard-Working Legislators?

Date: 26 May 2017
Prof. Gail McElroy (Trinity College Dublin)

The Euro under the Light of the Chartalist and Social Theories of Money

Date: 21 Apr 2017
Prof. Miguel Otero (Real Instituto Elcano)

The Politics of External Economic Imbalances

Date: 28 Apr 2017
Prof. Thomas Sattler (University of Geneva)

Creating the First Former EU Member State: Political Challenges and Legal Implications of Brexit Negotiations

Date: 12 May 2018
Prof. Fernando Val Garijo (UNED)

NATO’s Southern Flank: The Neglected Theatre of Today’s Transatlantic Security?

Date: 15 Dec 2017
Prof. Michele Testoni (IE University)

No Country for Old Parties: Two-dimensional Voting in the 2015 and 2016 Spanish General Elections

Date: 16 Jun 2017
Prof. Pedro Riera Sagrera (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Populism: A Very Short Introduction

Date. 30 Jun 2017
Prof. Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Universidad Diego Portales)

The Unresolved Center-Periphery Dimension in Spain: An Elite Behavior’s Approach

Date: 06 Oct 2017
Prof. Óscar Martínez-Tapia (IE University)

How Many Hands to Make Sanctions Work? Unilateral vs. Multilateral Economic Statecraft

Date: 27 Oct 2017
Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider (University of Konstanz)

Justice: Value or Problem-solving Concept?

Date: 03 Nov 2017
Prof. Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester)

Like Moths to the Flame: Do Aid Projects Attract Transnational Terrorism?

Date: 24 Nov 2017
Prof. Henry Pascoe (IE University)

Series Description

Gendered Corruption Perceptions of Political Elites

Date: 02 Feb 2018
Prof. Nina Wiesehomeier (IE University)

Institutional constraints on cabinet formation: Veto points and party system dynamics

Date: 16 Feb 2018
Prof. Holger Döring (University of Bremen)

The Effect of Implementation of Regional and UN Peacekeeping Forces on the Overall Implementation of Comprehensive Civil War Peace Agreements

Date: 02 Mar 2018
Prof. Carmela Lutmar (University of Haifa)

Agents of change? Political consequences of Return Migration?

Date: 23 Mar 2018
Prof. Covadonga Meseguer (LSE)

Public Opinion on the Eurozone Fiscal Union: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Italy

Date: 27 Apr 2018
Prof. Fabio Franchino (University of Milan)

When Does a Weak Economy Lead Voters to Abandon the Government but Not Support the Opposition: Undecided Voters in Latin America

Date: 18 May 2018
Prof. Matthew Singer (University of Connecticut)

Are the Contents of International Treaties Copy-Pasted? Evidence from Preferential Trade Agreements

Date: 15 Jun 2018
Prof. Manfred Elsig (Univeristy of Bern)

Mass Protests and Ethnic Armies: How Coup-Proofing Impacts Military Defection

Date: 28 Sep 2018
Prof. Kristen A. Harkness (University of St. Andrews)

The Political Economy of the Globalization Backlash

Date: 19 Oct 2018
Prof. Jeffry Frieden (Harvard University)

Political Origins of Religious Homogeneity in Western Europe

Date: 16 Nov 2018
Prof. Şener Aktürk (Koç University)

The Politics of Security: When Counterinsurgency Works and When It Doesn’t — Evidence From India

Date: 30 Nov 2018
Prof. Richard Morgan (University of Gothenburg)


Kristen A. Harkness

SEP 28th, 2018

Jeffry Frieden

OCT 19th, 2018

Şener Aktürk

NOV 16th, 2018

Richard Morgan

NOV 30th, 2018

Branislav Slantchev

MAR 24th, 2017

Miguel Otero

APR 21st, 2017

Thomas Sattler

APR 28th, 2017

Fernando Val Garijo

MAY 12th, 2017

Gail McElroy

MAY 26th, 2017

Pedro Riera Sagrera

JUN 16th, 2017

Óscar Martínez-Tapia

OCT 6th, 2017

Gerald Schneider

OCT 27th, 2017

Miriam Ronzoni

NOV 3th, 2017

Henry Pascoe

NOV 24th, 2017

Michele Testoni

DEC 15th, 2017

Holger Doering

FEB 16th, 2018

Carmela Lutmar

MAR 2nd, 2018

Covadonga Meseguer

MAR 23th, 2018

Fabio Franchino

APR 27th, 2018

Matthew Singer

MAY 18th, 2018

Carlos Closa

JUN 1st, 2018

Manfred Elsig

JUN 15th, 2018

Our Team

Profile Nikitas Konstantinidis

Series Convenor

Profile Nina Wiesehomeier

Series Convenor

Profile Charles Kushner

Logistics Assistant

Profile Beatriz González Capelastegui

Conference Coordinator

Profile Annet Guevara

Communication Assistant