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The political economy of inequality

Periodo di svolgimento

Aprile 2021
Ore del corso: 20
Ore dei docenti responsabili: 20

Modalità d'esame

  • Relazione o seminario


Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


The political economy of inequality is the topic of the second module of the course. Inequality is a major problem of contemporary societies, with complex causes and major consequences; it raises key policy challenges at the national and international levels. The aim of the course is to provide students with:

- an understanding of economic and political theories of income distribution and inequality

- an ability to understand and use empirical data on income and wealth distribution and inequality at the levels of individuals, firms, industries, countries and the world, with basic methodologies for carrying out statistical analyses

- an interpretation of the drivers of current income and wealth inequality and, in particular, of the role of technology, globalisation, labour relations, finance.

- an understanding of the political process that shapes policies in these fields and of the specific policy tools that affect inequality; in turn, the way high inequalities have affected the political system, voting behaviour and social mobilisation will also be examined.

Obiettivi formativi

Provide students with the conceptual, analytical, empirical and policy tools needed to understand current inequalities

Riferimenti bibliografici

T. Piketty, Capital in the XXI century, Harvard University Press, 2014 

T. Piketty, Capital et idéologie, Paris, Seuil, 2019

B. Milanovic, Global inequality, Harvard University Press, 2016

M. Franzini, M. Pianta, Explaining inequality, Routledge 2016