Political Economy: Major Themes (YorkU, GS/POLS 6272 3.0, Graduate, Fall Term, 2007-8)

Political Economy: Major Themes (YorkU, GS/POLS 6272 3.0, Graduate, Fall Term, 2007-8)
Nitzan, Jonathan. (2007). Political Science. York University. (Course; English).


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At the dawn of the 21st century, more and more people realize that ‘economics’ and ‘politics’ are intimately related. And yet, these two aspects of social existence are usually studied as separate ‘disciplines,’ each with its own categories, language and theories. Can this departmentalization be overcome? Should it? And if so, how?

The seminar deals with these questions by critically examining major themes of political economy. Topics are divided into two major categories: elements and aggregates. In the first part, the seminar examines the origins and implications of concepts such as supply and demand, equilibrium, utility and productivity, market organization, and the role of power. Part two, focusing on aggregates, covers the issues of national accounting, theories of prosperity and crisis, money and finance, economic policy, stagflation, welfare/warfare, and the global formations of trade, capital flows and currency regimes.

Throughout the seminar, the emphasis is not only on the ‘how,’ but also on the ‘why.’ Where have the concepts and theories come from? Why have they risen to prominence and what brought them down? Who benefited from them and who paid the price? Do they help us understand the world, or do they serve to conceal it? In these explorations, special emphasis is put on methodology, as well as the importance of empirical/historical analysis.



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accounts business centralization class competition concentration corporation crisis demand dual economics employment equilibrium finance firm globalization growth imperialism industry inflation institutionalism Keynesianism market Marxism military money monopoly national neoclassical oligopoly ownership policy power price productivity profit stagflation state supply transnational unemployment utility welfare war


BN Law
BN Theory
BN Data & Statistics
BN State & Government
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Industrial Organization
BN Civil Society
BN Institutions
BN Revolution
BN Macro
BN War & Peace
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Science & Technology
BN History
BN Methodology
BN Agency
BN Comparative
BN Resistance
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Class
BN Labour
BN Growth
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Political Parties
BN Trade
BN Hegemony
BN Power
BN International & Global
BN Ecology & Environment
BN Business Enterprise
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN Production
BN Money & Finance
BN Ideology
BN Distribution
BN Micro
BN Policy

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

23 Aug 2007

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03 Apr 2016 16:08



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