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Politics & Economics Research Group


The PERG seminar series provides a shared platform for discussing new exciting research in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, political economy, macroeconomics, and environmental economics. The series meets four to five times per semester, featuring presentations of ongoing research by international scholars researchers.

From all across IE University, the Politics & Economics Research Group brings together all faculty members who are interested in democracy, development, political economy, macroeconomics, environmental economics, voting behavior, ethnic conflict, international trade and finance, and social entrepreneurship. The seminar series provides a platform for discussing new and exciting research in those fields, featuring presentations of cutting-edge research by internal and external researchers. On average, we invite 10 external speakers and 6 internal speakers (IE or Madrid-based) per year.

These are intended to be work-in-progress research seminars, open to all IE students, professors, and a selected list of invitees outside of IE—mostly academics and researchers in other Madrid-based institutions. The purpose of the series is to promote unpublished, cutting-edge research, and our speakers tend to be invited faculty members and academic researchers from universities and academic institutions all around the world

Annual Workshop 2020: The Political-Economy of Party Organizations

Join us Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th in Madrid for a series of Panel Discussions and Networking opportunities!

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Seminar Series

Series Description

Contextual Design: Existing International Institutions and New Transnational Governance

Date: 22 Feb 2019
Prof. Oliver Westerwinter ( University St. Gallen)

Flag it Up: The Backlash Effect of Secessionist Nationalism

Date: 22 Mar 2019
Prof. Elias Dinas (University of Oxford)

New Policies in Old Frames: History, Ideas, and Immigrant Integration in Catalonia and South Tyrol

Date: 05 Apr 2019
Prof. Christina Zuber (University of Konstanz)

The Political Economy of Chinese Aid

Date: 10 May 2019
Prof. Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University)

Productivity Takes Leave? Examining the Causes and Impact of Maternity Leave Policies on Academic Careers

Date: 27 September 2019
Prof. Vera Tröger (University of Hamburg; Warwick 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)

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)


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

Vera E. Troeger

SEP 27th, 2019

Our Team

Profile - Nikitas Konstantinidis Nikitas Konstantinidis

Series Convenor (Politics)

Profile - Nina Wiesehomeier Nina Wiesehomeier

Series Convenor

Profile - Charles Kushner Charles Kushner

Program and Faculty Assistant

Profile - Annet Guevara Annet Guevara

Communication Assistant

Profile - Patricia Gabaldon Patricia Gabaldon

Series Convenor (Economics)