Political Status and Ethnic Stigma in Balkan Politics

Thursday, April 2, 2009
12:00-1:30 pm
1219 International Affairs Building

The Harriman Institute presents a talk by Roger Petersen, Political Science, MIT.

In recent years, political scientists have generally studied power in a narrow sense and have not devoted as much attention to status and prejudice. Yet, it is difficult to ignore these factors as they have historically played out in the Western Balkans. Theoretically, Petersen’s talk will discuss how to incorporate emotions relating to status reversals and ethnic stigmas into political science models and “games.” Empirically, Petersen will show how incorporating these elements into the analysis will help explain variation in political outcomes across regions and states where Slavs and Albanians have lived in close proximity: Kosovo, Montenegro, South Serbia, and Macedonia.