Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3206: The Political Economy of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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


In this module you will examine the role of the state in the economy and why this role differs from country to country. The primary focus is on what Iversen and Soskice call ‘advanced capitalist economies’.  Second, you will analyse some issues on contemporary economic and social policy which currently present challenges to the functioning and capacity of these economies, for example challenges relating to welfare provision, the operation of labour markets and the need to decarbonize production. You will address these questions using political economy approaches and also in light of the historical development of different states.  There are no pre-requisites and the relevant concepts will be introduced during the module.

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