Nafplio, Greece

Democratic vs Authoritarian Capitalism

when 8 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 500

The relationship between capitalism and political regime types stands at the center of this course, which examines the origins, evolution, and governance of diverse democratic and authoritarian models of economic development. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of researchers who examine historical and contemporary cases of democratic and authoritarian capitalism, the course addresses themes such as state capacity; market-making and political development; varieties of capitalism; international competition and integration; historical legacies; culture; political and economic transitions; inequality; and populism. These themes have become all the more timely with populist surges in the United States and Europe and with the rise of China and regimes that use novel mixes of democratic and authoritarian economic governance. Students will receive feedback on ongoing research and learn in a dynamic classroom devoted to examining conventional wisdoms and new perspectives on democratic and authoritarian models of capitalism.

Course leader

Orfeo Fioretos, Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia; 2017-18 Fulbright Research Fellow, Kings College, London.

Petros Sekeris, Associate Professor of Economics, Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France.

Target group

Graduate students, young professionals and senior undergraduates.

Course aim

• to survey the above fields and disseminate new research advances;
• to create a forum for high quality academic work;
• to provide opportunities for the creation and consolidation of scholarly networks of cooperation.

Fee info

EUR 500: Tuition and board charges cover:
- shared accommodation in a double occupancy room with breakfast,
- electronic access to all the reading material,
- excursions, cultural, social and extra curricular activities, and
- transportation from “Athens International Airport” to Nafplio and back.
EUR 150: There is a 150€ non-refundable registration fee to be paid upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the Academy.


For qualified applicants who can only attend one short cycle (half the program of the Academy) some financial aid of 150€ is provided on a merit and need basis.
Scholarships of 500€ are available for participants following two cycles (July 8-18, 2018).