Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3206: The Political Economy of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephen Greasley (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Well-functioning states define and enforce the rules that govern economic relations, but building a successful state is not easy. In this module first you will examine the development of political institutions: What conditions are conducive to state development and survival? How should rulers be selected and restrained? When and why does reform occur? What makes reform succeed? Second, you will analyse some issues of contemporary economic policy which challenge the functioning and capacity of modern states.  You will address these questions using political economy approaches and with attention to historical processes. There are no pre-requisites and the relevant concepts will be introduced during the module.

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