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DAFF 25A00 - Varieties of Regulatory Capitalism

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


The target group of the course are students of the Bachelor program in social sciences and interested students from history, economics and anthropology who have already obtained some knowledge in Sociology. The class will be held in English, so the ability to read, discuss and write in English is a prerequisite. Since our sessions will be based on an interactive method of teaching, every student is expected to participate actively in working groups and discussions. Therefore, regular preparation of the readings is required. Note that only required readings marked with a star are necessary, optional readings are suggested for those preparing a presentation and those writing a paper on the topic. A course manual, including compulsory readings and course instructions, will be available when the term begins.

Course Description

This course will explore the systemic reasons for the necessity of regulation of land, labor and money in capitalism, its distributional implications and its practical difficulties. It will then look at the different modes of regulation in different national capitalisms in Europe and the US in the context of globalization, with a particular emphasis on finance.


THIEMANN, Matthias (Associate Professor)

Pedagogical format

45 minutes Lecture and then class discussion of the texts assigned, class presentations of 5 minutes.

Course validation

To pass this class, students will take an exam in the last session. They can also choose to write a paper of 10 pages plus reference list. In addition, 3 reaction memos are required from students on the text for the respective session, to be handed in before the session begins. Lastly, oral participation/presentations will make up 10% of the grade.


To provide students with the theoretical background and analytical tools to comprehend the history and effects of regulatory arrangements in present capitalism. To practice short presentations in class and the guidance of discussions.