Rethinking Political Economy: How to Teach It Right


  • J. Bradford DeLong (Economics)
  • Marion Fourcade (Sociology)
  • Gillian Hart (Geography)
  • Alan Karras (ISSP & Political Economy)

Moderator: Richard Ashcroft (N2PE Project Coordinator and a Lecturer in Political Economy at Berkeley)

The field of Political Economy spans several different disciplines and departments in the academy, which means its teaching also varies. The panel will address the different approaches to teaching political economy at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and how this connects to wider contemporary issues. The panel will address questions such as: How does their discipline approach the study of political economy, and is that reflected in the way it is taught? What does their discipline do well, and what does it do less well? Why? What should a political economy curriculum look like? What are the key aspects and aims of the curriculum in terms of content, method, skills, and knowledge? What is the relationship between the theory of political economy and its real world applications, including institutional reform, the world of business, and claims for social justice? The panelists will also reflect on how the pedagogy of political economy might help us rethink political economy as a field of research, and thus contribute to the development of an alternative intellectual paradigm to neoliberalism.

Location: Online Event

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