Critical Theories of International Political Economy

Module Description

The module introduces critical theories of International Political Economy, focusing on Adam Smith’s contribution to classical political economy, Marx’s critique of political economy, neo-classical economics, Keynesianism, neo-liberalism, and contemporary Marxist critique of the state. Throughout the module, we will ask about the political in political economy, and the economic in political economy, and underlying notions of capital, state, class, value, production, exchange, economic purpose. 

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to distinguish between distinct critical theories of international political economy, explain the difference between classical political economy, Marx’s critique of political economy, neo-classical economics, and neo-liberalism.

Preliminary Reading

D. Dowd, Capitalism and its Economics, Pluto, 2000

R. L. Heilbronner, The Worldly Philosophers, 7th ed. Penguin 2000 (or earlier).

E K Hunt and H Sherman, Economics: an Introduction to Traditional and Radical Views, Part I, 4th ed. Harper and Row, 1991.

J Robinson,  Economic Philosophy, Penguin, 1964.

W K Tabb, Reconstructing Political Economy, Routledge 1999.

Assessment

One essay of 4000 words (100% of total mark).

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Adam Smith (bap. 16 June 1723 – died 17 July 1790) a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economics, widely cited as the father of modern economics