Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3206: The Political Economy of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Dincecco, M. 2011. Political Transformations and Public Finances: Europe 1650-1913.

Acemoglu, D. and Robinson, J. A. 2012. Why Nations Fail.

Stasavage, D. 2003. Public Debt and the Birth of the Democratic State

Lindert, P. 2004. Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth

Weingast, B. R. 2005. ‘The constitutional dilemma of economic liberty’ The Journal of Economic Perspectives 19:3, 89-108,

Berlinski, S. and Dewan, T. 2011. ‘The political consequences of franchise extension: evidence from the Second Reform Act’ Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 6:3-4, 329-376. 

Cox, G. 1987. The Efficient Secret: The cabinet and the development of political parties in Victorian England.


The module will be supported by ELE materials, including links to core texts


ELE – vle.exeter.ac.uk