The seminar introduces comparative research and debates on varieties of market economies. It focusses on approaches that seek to conceptualize different models of capitalism in advanced and developing capitalist countries, and investigates the relative role of institutions, interest groups, and ideas in constituting, reproducing and transforming these models. Further, emphasis will be put on exploring the economic, social, and political bases for government (non-)intervention in market economies, discussing conflicting normative approaches to political economy, and examine them empirically through a variety of topics including industrial relations, corporate governance, development, welfare states and globalization.