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The Political Economy of Financial Crisis: From Nicollet Mall to Wall Street, Spring 2009

GLOS 3900/5900, section 101, 1 credit
Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
275 Nicholson Hall
Instructor: Dara Strolovitch, Political Science, and Rachel Schurman, Sociology

This one-credit course examines the history of and interplay between politics and economics in the current financial crisis. To those ends, we will host a series of speakers who will address historical antecedents to the current financial crisis; the political-institutional roots of the financial crisis and its implications for social inequality; the changing culture of Wall Street; and the effect of the mortgage crisis at the local level. In addition, we will screen a film about the rise and demise of Enron, drawing connections between the current crisis and previous ones. There will be two additional course meetings at the beginning and end of the semester.

The class meets on Mondays in 275 Nicholson Hall.

“Advocacy in Hard Times: Representing Marginalized Groups in Times of National Crisis”: A presentation by Dara Strolovitch, May 7, 2009

“Environmental Policy Formation: Political Economy and Behavioral Economics”: A presentation by Amy Ando, April 23, 2009

Discussion on the Minneapolis Housing Crisis, with Ryan Allen and Jeff Crump, April 20, 2009

Catastrophic Generic Change: Understanding Global Interconnectedness – A presentation by Mary Poovey, April 6, 2009

“Three Decades of Financial Dominance and Crisis in the United States: A Talk on the Rise, Social Consequences, and Fall of Wall Street Investment Banks”: A presentation by Karen Ho, March 9, 2009

“How Unleashed Capitalism Produces Economic Crises: What is to be done?”: A presentation by Robert Pollin, February 23, 2009

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