UZH TOPIQ – Zurich Talks on the Politics of Inequality

UZH Topiq

The University Research Priority Project “Equality of Opportunity” cordially invites you to the first edition of the UZH TOPIQ – Zurich Talks on the Politics of Inequality, a new talk series organized by the project team at the Department for Political Science.

The first round of talks will focus on the Politics of Socio-structural and Spatial Inequality in Knowledge Societies. View the full program (PDF, 312 KB).

Given the pandemic, all talks for the fall semester will take place online via Zoom.

Register now:

September 20
Jane Gingrich – Keynote Lecture: Do Contemporary Inequalities Undermine the Coalitions That Would Solve Them? Recording of the keynote

October 4, 2021
Thomas Kurer – An Intergenerational Perspective on Perceptions of Economic Opportunity and Electoral Change

October 18, 2021
Diane Bolet – Is the Green New Deal a Vote-Winner? Evidence From Spanish National Election Results

November 2, 2021
Nadja Wehl – The Dynamics of Unemployment, Risk, and Political Predispositions

Talk Synopses

Jane Gingrich

September 20
Jane Gingrich | University of Oxford, UZH
Keynote Lecture: Do Contemporary Inequalities Undermine the Coalitions That Would Solve Them?
Many major economies are struggling to develop stable high-productivity equity-producing policies. Why are policies with the potential to enhance equity and efficiency not adopted? Focusing on demographic shifts and aging, investment in education and skills, and regional policy, in this keynote lecture Jane will look at how cleavages in education, age, occupation and geography are reshaping the possibilities of long-run reforms that are politically sustainable.  
Recording of the keynote

Thomas Kurer

October 4
Thomas Kurer | University of Konstanz, UZH
An Intergenerational Perspective on Perceptions of Economic Opportunity and Electoral Change
Postindustrial occupational change has ended an era of unprecedented upward mobility. In this talk, Thomas will discuss a project that studies the political implications of this immense structural shift and reveals that political dissatisfaction is widespread among voters who fall short of intergenerational status expectations.
Register for Thomas’ talk.

Diane Bolet

October 18
Diane Bolet | King's College
Is the Green New Deal a Vote-Winner? Evidence From Spanish National Election Results
How do 'left-behind' coalmining communities who experience the closure of coalmines as part of the 'Green New Deal' (GND) scheme vote? In the case of Spain, such communities reward the incumbent who passed a GND-style policy consisting of social welfare assistance six months before the 2019 April election, showing that state-driven climate action with a progressive socio-economic agenda can provide remedies to spatial economic inequalities and be a winning electoral strategy for left-wing parties.
Register for Diane’s talk.

Nadja Wehl

November 2
Nadja Wehl | University of Konstanz
The Dynamics of Unemployment, Risk, and Political Predispositions
Labour market inequalities are known to be related to individuals’ policy preferences, but their impact on political predispositions is rarely analysed. Nadja will present research on whether labour market inequalities mostly reflect relicts from socio-economic inequalities from childhood to early adulthood, or are the result of permanent reactions to economic risk and shocks, as well as whether pre-existing predispositions condition the effects of economic shocks.
Register for Nadja’s talk.