Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3263: Political Economy of Development

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gabriel Katz Wisel (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


While the topic of economic development has been largely the subject of economics research, political scientists and political economists have recently started to highlight that political institutions may play a key role in explaining why some nations become economically prosperous and others fail to develop. Can the state play a key role in fuelling economic development? How do different political institutions affect economic development? Does intra- and inter-state conflict hinder or help states achieve long-term development? Drawing from up to date literature on institutional economics, political science and political economy, this module will take a rigorous approach to the analysis of the institutional, cultural and social drivers of economic development. 

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