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European Political Economy Consortium (EPEC)

The European Political Economy Consortium fosters high-quality research in political economy by facilitating exchange among the leading European centres in political economy. It consists of five founding institutions, including Warwick.

In addition to providing multiple exchange opportunities for students, junior and senior colleagues among the partner centers, EPEC actively engages in creating an international research network in political economy. This includes quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behavior, public policy, the laws and the government, the state, the allocation of power in different decision-making settings, and more generally, the success and failure of political reforms, which is determined by competing interests, contexts and the political process of reform-making.


Political Economy Workshop at IIBEO 2017: 19 - 20 June 2017 in Alghero/Sardinia: find the workshop program here.
For more information on IIBEO 2017 click here.

Five founding institutions

The EU Consortium in Political Economy consists of five founding institutions:

Warwick Political Economy

The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick has an active Political Economy group, with a weekly external seminar, a weekly internal workshop, and high quality PhD students.

Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)

The Political Science program at the IAST aims at promoting interdisciplinary research in Political Science, while contributing to the debate about the potential gains from increasing methodological integration between the different social sciences.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

Universität Mannheim

The goal of our multidisciplinary group is to provide scientific insights into success and failure of reforms. THe group brings together more than 20 senior and junior researchers from economics, political science, sociology and statistics.

Dondena (Bocconi)

'Politics and institutions unit' of the Carlo F. Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policies', University of Bocconi.

Interdisciplinary events

The research groups at each partner coordinate their regular seminars, workshops and conferences in the field of political economy – interdisciplinary events which bring together economists, political scientists and related disciplines. Scholars from partner centers, including PhD candidates, can present and discuss their research at these events in EPEC’s excellent international environment.

In addition to these events, EPEC supports short- and longterm visits among the partner centers. Another activity concerns the regular training in summer institutes, such as EITM Europe (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models), the Summer School in Economics at the University of Warwick, and the LSE Summer School in Political Science and in Economics.

Finally, the research groups intend to strengthen common research activities in the field of political economy.

Past Activities

2nd EPEC Workshop in Political Economy, 6 - 10 June 2016 in Alghero (Sardinia), program here

Warwick/Princeton Political Economy Conference in Venice

18th & 19th March 2016, program here

Executive board

  • Thomas Koenig (Mannheim)
  • Massimo Morelli (Bocconi)
  • Karine van der Straeten (Toulouse)
  • Torun Dewan (LSE)
  • Francesco Squintatni (Warwick)
  • Vera Troeger (Warwick)