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

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political economist noun

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The real debate, as Williamson goes on to suggest, concerns the structure, balance, and integration of the elements that make up our political economy. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 Kristen Hopewell is a senior lecturer in international political economy at the University of Edinburgh. Kristen Hopewell, Washington Post, "What is ‘Made in China 2025’ — and why is it a threat to Trump’s trade goals?," 3 May 2018 But climate hawks should be designing their policies around the real political economy, in which multiple goals and strategies must be pursued at once. David Roberts, Vox, "Big oil and Bush-era lobbyists are teaming up to support a carbon tax," 22 June 2018 The camera travels through it all in a single unbroken shot that lasts more than two minutes, a thrilling technical feat that manages to communicate an enormous amount of information about the political economy and social organization of Aci-Trezza. New York Times, "How Luchino Visconti Made History Sing," 7 June 2018 Scott Kennedy, director of the project on Chinese business and political economy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies The trade war already started. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 July 2018 Hassler-Forest is an author and public speaker on media franchises, cultural theory, and political economy. Dan Hassler-forest, chicagotribune.com, "'Solo' gets one thing right: The droids in 'Star Wars' are basically slaves," 3 June 2018 In the view of many contemporary observers, radical changes in the structure of America’s political economy were not just necessary to improve social welfare or increase democratic participation, but to avert a descent into authoritarian rule. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 The immediate response of the state to protests signals that a change to the political economy of the existing social contract between state and society could be on the horizon. Allison Spencer Hartnett, Washington Post, "Can Jordan’s new prime minister reform the government?," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of political economy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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