Suzanne Berger

Suzanne Berger

Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science

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Political economy; comparative politics; globalization; innovation; production; European politics; French politics.


Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science. Her current research focuses on politics and globalization. She recently co-chaired the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project, and in September 2013 published Making in America: From Innovation to Market. She created the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, and participated in the 1989 Made in America project at MIT. She wrote Made By Hong Kong and Global Taiwan (with Richard K. Lester). She is the author of Notre Première Mondialisation and How We Compete. Her earlier work focused on political development (Peasants Against Politics) and the organization of interests (Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies and Organizing Interests in Western Europe.)

Suzanne Berger served as Head of the MIT Department of Political Science, founding chair of the SSRC Committee on West Europe, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The French government has awarded her the Palmes Academiques, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite and the Légion d'Honneur.


Politics of the First Globalization: In the forty years before World War One, the flows of capital, goods, and persons across national borders were higher than those the world would ever experience again until the end of the 1980s. In all industrial countries, political debates raged over whether and how to protect the domestic economy. The research analyzes the formation of coalitions that supported openness and those advocating protection and discovers how politics shaped interests on these critical issues.

Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE): Berger chairs an MIT-wide faculty commission named to analyze the role of manufacturing in advanced industrial countries. Can the United States be a "services economy" specializing in R&D and system design? Or does the ability to sustain innovation and build new companies and jobs require production to take place in the U.S.? Graduate students and faculty from engineering, social sciences, life sciences, and management are collaborating in this research.

Recent Publications

Making in America: From Innovation to Market, (The MIT Press, August 2013) with the MIT Task Force on Production in the Innovation Economy.

"Puzzles from the First Globalization," in Miles Kahler and David Lake, editors Politics in New Hard Times (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

"German Crises Before the Crisis," Comparative European Politics (December 2010) vol 8, no. 4 pp. 468-76.

"Choix et Contraintes: la France en fin de régime," in Philippe Urfalino, ed., Intelligences de la France, Editions Cécile Défaut, Presses Universitaires de France, 2010.

"Troubleshooting Economic Narratives," in A. Hemerijck, B. Knapen, E. van Doome, Aftershocks: Economic Crisis and Institutional Choices, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2009.

Discussion Forum, On Suzanne Berger, "How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make it in Today's Global Economy", Response to W. Streeck, K. Thelen, J. Whitford, J. Zeitlin, in Socio-Economic Review, vol. 7, No. 3, 2009, 525-534.


17.100J Political Economy I: Theories of the State and the Economy
17.158 Political Economy of Western Europe
17.195/196 Globalization
17.526 Dissertation Workshop in Comparative Politics & Comparative Political Economy
17.528 Domestic Politics of Trade and Integration