Inequality and Varieties of Capitalism

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Inequality & Var of Capitalism

Spring 2021

Taught By: David Howell

Section: A

CRN: 8514

Credits: 3

Over the last half century, many rich countries have experienced sharply rising income and wealth inequality, stagnant or declining real earnings, and increasing employment duality and precarity. With neoliberalism ascendant, shared growth has been in retreat – in sharp contrast to the early post-war ‘Golden Age’. But inequality and job quality trends over the last half century have been far from uniform across the advanced capitalist world. This course explores cross-country variations in equitable growth and what explains them. We begin with the facts: What are the trends and how do they differ? The second part of the course will relate these developments to the structures and dynamics of national capitalisms as described and debated in the social structures of accumulation, varieties of capitalism, and worlds of welfare capitalism literatures. With this empirical and theoretical background, the last part of the course focuses on explanations. Specifically, we ask: How compelling is the technology-driven skill mismatch account? If “inclusive” institutions matter, which ones? And if worker bargaining power is the answer, do we see evidence of a trade off between inequality/job quality and employment (unemployment) performance, or can a shared growth regime be complementary to full employment?

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:06am 10/27/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021