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The Politics of Economic Crisis Speaker Series

How do governments and the people they govern react to economic crises? Do our current theories account for differences across countries, time, and level of economic development? Who gets blamed for crises and who pays the costs of ending them? 

All events for this series will be held at 4:30 p.m. in 216 Aaron Burr Hall, unless otherwise noted.

February 3
A Ticket to Ride: Citizen Investors' Political Response to the Market Roller Coaster
Wendy Rahn (University of Minnesota)

February 11
Fiscal Responses to the Economic Contraction of 2008-09
David Cameron (Yale University)

February 24
The World Economy, Political Control, and Responsibility for Economic Conditions
Timothy Hellwig (Indiana University)

March 3
Networks and Ideational Power: The Rise and Decline of Keynesianism during the Economic Crisis
Henry Farrell (George Washington University)

March 9
The Contest of Lobbies and Disciplines: Financial Politics and Regulatory Reform in the Obama Administration
Daniel Carpenter (Harvard University)

March 31
The Dog That Did Not Bark: Anti-Americanism and the Financial Crisis
Sophie Meunier (Princeton University)

April 7
Globalization, Growth, and Redistribution
Carles Boix (Princeton University)

April 14
Democracy, the Left, and Inequality in Latin America
Evelyne Huber and John Stephens (University of North Carolina)

April 21
Explaining Patterns of Emerging Markets' Response to the Crisis
Daniela Campello (Princeton University)
3rd Floor Atrium, Aaron Burr Hall

April 25
Income Inequality and Redistribution Policy in Japan
Naokatsu Hikotani  (Japan Ministry of Finance)
216 Aaron Burr Hall



March 5–6, 2011

The Connection between Economic Crisis and  Inequality
216 Aaron Burr Hall
For more information, please contact Jayne Bialkowski

Larry Bartels, (Princeton University)
Nancy Bermeo (Oxford University)
James K. Galbraith (University of Texas)
Lane Kenworthy (University of Arizona)
Branko Milanovic (Oxford University)
Salvatore Morelli (Oxford University)
Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva)
Kenneth Scheve (Yale University)
David Stasavage (New York University

Suggested Readings

1. Historical studies of inequality:

Atikinson, Piketty & Saez, “Top Incomes in the Long Run of History
2. Inequality and economic crises:

3. Policy responses to economic  crises:


4. Social and political ramifications of economic crises:


FALL 2010

October 23–24, 2010
Government Responses to the Economic Crisis
Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY
Participant List