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The Democratic Economy - PEP00001H

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  • Department: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. John Bone
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module will focus on the role of government, voters and interest groups. The complex relationships between these actors will be explored with reference to specific issues, such as voting behaviour and political business cycles. An underlying concern will be to examine the ways in which each discipline can bring insight to the study of social phenomena usually thought to be within the sphere of the other. For example, political, especially electoral, behaviour is increasingly being analysed in terms of 'rationality' and 'equilibrium' - concepts associated with the methodology of economics. Conversely, our understanding of the process of national economic policy-making may be better informed by political science than by economics.

Module learning outcomes

To explore some of the ways in which the disciplines of Politics and Economics complement each other both in terms of subject matter and analytical approaches.

To develop transferable skills in giving written and oral presentations.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
The Democratic Economy
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
The Democratic Economy
3 hours 100

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Indicative reading

Preliminary Reading: P Dunleavy, Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991.

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