Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3296: Political Economy of Populism

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
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This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

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Available via distance learning


This module has been designed to offer you the tools to understand the economic drivers and implications of contemporary populism. The study of populism from a political economy perspective is important because it sheds light on the structural underpinnings of the current democratic crisis, moving away from approaches that emphasise the idiosyncratic features of populist leaders. Three main questions are addressed throughout the module: (1) how competing concepts of populism incorporate political economy aspects? (2) what is the importance of economic factors for the current populist wave? (3) what are the sources of cross-national variation in the economic implications of populist governments across peripheral and semi-peripheral economies?

No pre-requisite or co-requisite modules are required to take this module, but some previous knowledge of political economy is desirable.

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