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
Preliminary examination

All students must complete a preliminary examination at the end of their second year which consists of a second year paper and an oral defense. The second year paper must be submitted to the student’s preliminary exam committee and the DGS by May 1st and the oral examination must be completed by May 15th. Students should speak with the field chair and their primary advisor(s) well in advance of these deadlines to ensure a shared understanding of what is expected.

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
Number Title Codes
POLSCI 145 Introduction to Political Economy EI, SS
POLSCI 145D Introduction to Political Economy EI, SS
POLSCI 146 Politics and Economics SS
POLSCI 202 Political Parties in Competition. Left, Right and Beyond. CCI, SS
POLSCI 217 Discovering Game Theory: Social Complexity and Strategic Interdependence QS, 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 255 America in the World Economy: The Law, Politics, and Economics of U.S. Antitrust, 1890-2015 R, SS
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 331 Prisoner's Dilemma and Distributive Justice EI, SS
POLSCI 338 Political Economy of South East Asia CCI, EI, SS
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 350 International Political Economy CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 351 Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East CCI, W, CZ, SS
POLSCI 359S Social Engineering and Social Movements in Eastern Europe and Asia CCI, EI, 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 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 506S Theorists of Modern Politics: Marx, Durkheim, Weber CCI, SS
POLSCI 523 China Science and Technology Policy and Innovation CCI, STS, 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 599S Political Economy of Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding in Africa and the Middle East CCI, SS
POLSCI 632 Computational Political Economy R, SS
POLSCI 642 Global Inequality Research CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 644S The Political Economy of Inequality R, SS
POLSCI 645S Political Economy of Growth, Stabilization and Distribution 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 720S Capitalism
POLSCI 727S Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Development (MELD) Seminar
POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy (PE)
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