Department of Political Science


Politics of Economic Policy in Post-Industrial Democracies

Course Code


Course Tutor

Dr Lucy Barnes (Department of Political Science)


One 3,000 word essay

Credit Value

15 credits

About this course

This course introduces students to the study of comparative political economy (CPE): the comparative study of advanced capitalist political economies. The course surveys topics, theories and methods of interplay of politics and economics across the advanced democracies. The course has two primary goals; (1) to understand the variation in economic policies and performance across developed countries; (2) to better understand the causes and the consequences of this variation. The course will focus on core topics in CPE: institutions and economic growth, macroeconomic policy-making (including stimulus and austerity policies since the financial crisis of 2008) and inequality distribution.

At the end of the course students will:

  • have a broad understanding of the variation in economic policies and performance -particularly across advanced capitalist economies, and within these countries over time; but also in broader global and historical context;
  • understand political and economic motives for economic policy choices and how they interact;
  • be familiar with a range of analytical approaches, concepts and techniques that facilitate understanding the interplay between economics and politics