Political Economy

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode UCGSS203
Vaknaam Political Economy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Omschrijving This course provides an introduction into the field of political economy. Political economy studies the interaction between politics and economics. On the one hand, it studies how political behaviour and political choices can be understood using economic models. On the other hand it studies how politics and political institutions affect economic outcomes. By doing so, it contributes to the explanation why (economic) policies often are often sub-optimal (from a social welfare point of view). In this course we study questions such as: Why do people vote? Are politicians serving the general interest? Why are necessary economic reforms often delayed? Why is delegation of power to an independent central bank important? Do democracies have better economic performance than autocracies?

The course consists of interactive lectures in which academic articles are discussed. These lectures include student presentations, class experiments and Q&A sessions. Furthermore, students study (parts of the) the course material collaboratively using an online e-book platform.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Lecture, Study Group
(Lectures:45 hours | Assignments 1: Collaborative E-book Learning: 55 hours | Assignments 2: Application of knowledge: 55 hours | Self-study/reading: 50 hours | Exams: 5 hours)
Toetsvorm Assignments, Written exam
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. R.M. Jong A Pin
Docent(en) dr. R.M. Jong A Pin
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Texts will be provided
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 2 Social Sciences) - semester I a keuze