Barcelona, Spain

Democracy and Inequality in the Age of Polarization

online course
when 21 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 165

The era of polarized politics is also the era of extreme inequality. In this seminar we revisit the historical relationship between the democracy and inequality. We discuss the mechanisms through which democracy conditions the allocations of assets and income in society over time and the channels through which inequality shapes the way democracies work. Revisiting these links provides solid grounds to address the following questions in an analytical and informed way: Is democracy in danger in the era of polarized politics? What makes democratic regimes stable? What undermines democracy and the way it fulfills its basic functions of control, representation, and responsiveness? What makes democracies die or survive?

Course leader

Pablo Beramendi (Duke University)

Target group

The IBEI Summer School in Global Politics, Development and Security is a program designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of international security, international development and global politics issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige. The School will enable participants to broadly discuss current developments in world politics in the light of core social-science and IR theories and perspectives. The format will be online or hybrid (face to face and online). Optionally, students may ask for an assessment in order to be able to obtain ECTS credits, provided they are recognized by their university.

Course aim

The era of polarized politics is also the era of extreme inequality. In this seminar we revisit the historical relationship between the democracy and inequality. We discuss the mechanisms through which democracy conditions the allocations of assets and income in society over time and the channels through which inequality shapes the way democracies work. Revisiting these links provides solid grounds to address the following questions in an analytical and informed way: Is democracy in danger in the era of polarized politics? What makes democratic regimes stable? What undermines democracy and the way it fulfills its basic functions of control, representation, and responsiveness? What makes democracies die or survive?

Credits info

1 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.

6 hour course: 1 credit = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 165: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021
EUR 250: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. In addition to the application requirements, to apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send until 20th May 2021, a letter of interest and a recommendation letter