political economy


Definition of political economy

1 : economics
2 : the theory or study of the role of public policy in influencing the economic and social welfare of a political unit

Other Words from political economy

political economist noun

Examples of political economy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The politicization of inflation is normal, unavoidable, and has a great tradition in 20th-century political economy. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, 7 Apr. 2022 The way to reclaim our lethally unequal political economy, Stewart suggests, is to look to the principles of the nation’s democratic founding. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 An entire political economy now surrounds Mr. Trump, with Trump properties reaping huge fees: Federal candidates and committees alone have paid nearly $1.3 million to hold events at Mar-a-Lago, records show. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 As the bracing narrative of The Anti-Oligarchy Court makes clear, the struggle for a just and durable republican political economy has set an abundance of worthy precedents. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 The result is a political economy that benefits the old at the expense of the young. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 5 Mar. 2022 Both take considerable time, said David Abraham, professor emeritus of law at the University of Miami School of Law who specializes in immigration and refugee law and the political economy of Europe. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2022 The political economy of new mobility, the value of the voice of those working in the industry who can create public pressure can and must eradicate this deplorable conduct. Selika Josiah Talbott, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The political economy, as usual, will have an outsized influence on the budget. Rajrishi Singhal, Quartz, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of political economy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Political economy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20economy. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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