Political Economy

This field examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

First Field

Course Requirements
  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • ECON 601 Microeconomics
  • POLSCI 747S Seminar on Political Economy: Macro Level OR an approved macroeconomics course
  • 2 field course in political science
Qualifying Procedure

You will take a written examination at the end of your second year. The examination will assess whether or not you have attained a firm command of the literature in the field. The qualifying procedure will not normally include an oral element, but the examination committee may, at its discretion, administer an oral examination to a student whose written examination the committee deems is in need of an oral defense.

Preliminary Examination

Each student who passes the qualifying procedure in Political Economy is required to submit and present at a meeting of the Political Economy Workshop an original, plausibly publishable research paper on a relevant topic. This must be submitted no later than the end of the first semester of the third year. The student's preliminary examination workshop presentation will serve as the oral portion of the preliminary examination. The faculty constituting your preliminary examination committee will attend the workshop and will meet right after the workshop completion to evaluate your performance, and then will meet with you. The committee administering the preliminary examination may pass you with distinction on the basis of both your performance in the qualifying procedure or your paper presentation and defense.

Second Field

  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • ECON 601 Microeconomics OR POLSCI 747S Seminar on Political Economy: Macro Level OR an approved macroeconomics course
  • 2 field course in political science
Year of Study Typical Student Activities
Year 1

Summer, pre-matriculation

 
Fall

  • POLSCI 630 Probability and Basic Regression
  • POLSCI 633S Positive Political Theory
  • MATH 790-92 Calculus and other mathematical foundations
  • POLSCI 748 Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Elective selected from Political Economy course listing (optional)
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops
     

Spring

  • POLSCI 631L Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena
  • Advanced methods course (recommended)
  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • Elective selected from Political Economy course listing
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops
     

Summer

  • STA 230 Probability or higher level course
  • Law work/research with faculty
  • Begin preparing for qualifying exam
Year 2

Fall and Spring

  • POLSCI 732 Research Design & Qualitative Methods
  • POLSCI 749S Advanced Game Theory
  • Elective in Political Economy
  • STA 611 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • POLSCI 632S Computational Political Economy
  • STA 701S Readings in Statistical Science
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops
  • Take qualifying exam at end of Spring semester

       

Summer

  • Finish prelim paper
  • Begin dissertation prospectus
Year 3

Fall

  • Elective selected from Political Economy course listing
  • STA 721 Linear Models
  • Defend prelim paper
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops

 
 Spring

  • Submit prelim paper for publication
  • Defend prospectus
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops
Year 4
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops
Year 5
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Expected attendance at Political Economy Workshops

 

Number Title Codes
POLSCI 146 Politics and Economics SS
POLSCI 224 Inequality and Politics SS
POLSCI 229 Institutions and Self Governance CCI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 231D Introduction to Tools of Political Risk Analysis SS
POLSCI 250 The Politics of International Economic Relations: America in the World Economy CCI, SS
POLSCI 252 Life Within Capitalism: A History of its Values, Measures and Struggles EI, CZ
POLSCI 291-6 Sophomore/Junior Independent Study Political Economy
POLSCI 294A Political Economy of Immigration CCI, SS
POLSCI 308 Islam and the State: Political Economy of Governance in the Middle East CCI, R, CZ, SS
POLSCI 315S Political Economy of Financial Crises SS
POLSCI 327S The Economic and Political Performance of Civilizations CCI, R, CZ, SS
POLSCI 338 Political Economy of South East Asia CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 340D The Modern Regulatory State EI, R, CZ, SS
POLSCI 341S Business and Human Rights Advocacy Lab EI, R, W
POLSCI 346 Business, Politics, and Economic Growth CCI, SS
POLSCI 347 Globalization and Domestic Politics CCI, EI, R, SS
POLSCI 349 Political Economy of Latin America CCI, SS
POLSCI 351 Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East CCI, W, CZ, SS
POLSCI 390-6 Special Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 390S-6 Special Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 391-6 Senior Independent Study in Political Economy
POLSCI 393-6 Sophomore/Junior Research Independent Study Political Economy R
POLSCI 449 Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Capstone R, SS
POLSCI 468S Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Prosperity and Distribution in the Long Run SS
POLSCI 493-6 Senior Research Independent Study in Political Methodology R
POLSCI 497S-6 Senior Seminar in Political Economy SS
POLSCI 503S Crisis, Choice, and Change in Advanced Democratic States CCI, SS
POLSCI 527S Global Africa CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 536S Choosing in Groups: Social Choice and Collective Action R, QS
POLSCI 546S Assisting Development R, W, SS
POLSCI 549S Collective Action, Property Rights, and the Environment CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 555S The Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy R, SS
POLSCI 590-6 Intermediate Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 590S-6 Intermediate Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 632 Computational Political Economy R, SS
POLSCI 642S Global Inequality Research Seminar CCI, R, ALP, SS
POLSCI 644S The Political Economy of Inequality R, SS
POLSCI 645S Political Economy of Growth, Stabilization and Distribution R, SS
POLSCI 646S The Politics of European Integration CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 650S Political Economy of International Relations R, SS
POLSCI 651S Theories of International Political Economy SS
POLSCI 658S Political Economy of Terrorism SS
POLSCI 662S Problems in International Politics CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 675S Economy, Society, and Morality in Eighteenth-Century Thought R, SS
POLSCI 679S The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy I EI, R, SS
POLSCI 680S The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy II EI, R, SS
POLSCI 690-6 Advanced Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 690S-6 Advanced Topics in Political Economy
POLSCI 705S Political Economy of Macroeconomics
POLSCI 720S Capitalism
POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy (PE)
POLSCI 746S Seminar on Political Economy: Micro Level
POLSCI 747S Seminar in Political Economy: Macro Level (C-E)
POLSCI 750S Political Economy of Development
POLSCI 751S Empirical Investigation of Governance
POLSCI 758 Workshop in Political Economy I
POLSCI 759 Workshop in Political Economy II
POLSCI 761 Islam and the State: Political Economy of Governance in the Middle East
POLSCI 762 The Political Economy of Institutions
POLSCI 764S Political Economy of Corruption and Good Governance
POLSCI 890-6 Political Economy