Political Economy: Major Themes (GS 6272 3.0, Graduate)

Political Economy: Major Themes (GS 6272 3.0, Graduate)
Nitzan, Jonathan. (2003). 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 three major categories: (1) elements; (2) aggregates; and (3) global formations. In the first part, students examine closely the origin 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, as well as ‘anomalies’ such as stagflation. The third part, dealing with global formations, examines trade, capital flows and exchange rates, imperialism, and different aspects of globalization. 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 Science & Technology
BN Agency
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Civil Society
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Class
BN State & Government
BN Comparative
BN Theory
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Trade
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN War & Peace
BN Data & Statistics
BN Distribution
BN Ecology & Environment
BN Growth
BN Hegemony
BN History
BN Ideology
BN Industrial Organization
BN Institutions
BN International & Global
BN Labour
BN Law
BN Macro
BN Micro
BN Methodology
BN Money & Finance
BN Power
BN Policy
BN Political Parties
BN Production
BN Resistance
BN Revolution

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

24 Sep 2004

Last Modified

31 Mar 2016 22:13



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