First Annual Summer School on the American Political Economy

May 27, 2020
Call for Applications: First Annual Summer School on the American Political Economy
Organizers: Jacob Hacker, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Paul Pierson, and Kathleen Thelen
We invite advanced graduate students (ABD), post-docs, and junior faculty members to apply to participate in the first annual summer school on the American Political Economy, to be held virtually from August 10 to 13. The workshop will involve about 2-3 hours of virtual discussions each day (with breaks) in the early afternoon Eastern Time.
The summer school represents an effort to build a research community around the study of markets and governments in the United States in comparative perspective. This involves research questions about the political and economic power of private-sector firms, the structure of labor markets and worker organizations, social welfare programs, finance and corporate governance, education and training, and racial capitalism, among many, many others. Crucially, many of these questions can only be tackled by understanding how the United States compares to other countries, especially other rich democracies.
We believe this area of research holds extraordinary promise—both for understanding the dramatic transformation of America’s distinctive political economy over recent decades and for reorienting political science in productive directions. Yet we also believe there is a very large gap between what we know and what we need to know.
Building on ongoing research by the summer school conveners and others, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to…
(1) Learn the foundations of an American Political Economy approach to political science;
(2) Participate in in-depth discussions around several key issues in American Political Economy, including federalism, social welfare policy, racial capitalism, corporate governance, and labor markets;
(3) Share research-in-progress and research designs for feedback; and
(4) Join a community of other scholars interested in pursuing research on the American Political Economy.
To apply, please submit a C.V. and a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing your relevant research interests in APE and how this workshop will advance those interests. Please also submit a relevant research paper (either work in progress or already published work). For graduate students, the C.V. should include classes taken.
Please email these materials and any questions to no later than midnight on June 19. We anticipate informing selected applicants within two weeks. We anticipate selecting about 10-15 participants.
The summer school is generously supported by the Hewlett Foundation.