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Make sense of global events, from financial crises to trade wars, and learn to appreciate the interconnectedness of politics and economics. Learn more about political economy with edX.

What is political economy?

Political economy is a field of study that examines the intricate relationship between politics and economics. It delves into how governments, institutions, and policies impact the distribution of resources, wealth, and power within a society. At its core, political economy can inform the understanding of the driving forces behind economic decisions and their consequences.

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Political economy course curriculum

In a course focused on political economy, learners could explore a wide range of topics that bridge the gap between politics and economics. Some key areas of study might include:

  • Different economic models

  • Globalization

  • Causes and consequences of economic disparities

  • Public policy analysis

  • History of economic thought

Start building the knowledge you need to work in the political economy field with edX. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree, there are many different learning formats available to fit your needs. You can even take advantage of executive education courses specifically designed for busy working professionals. Find the right course for you.

Explore jobs related to political economy

This interdisciplinary field equips individuals with critical thinking skills, a deep understanding of economic and political systems, and the ability to analyze complex issues. Some examples of career paths a learner might pursue after studying political economy include:

  • Policy analyst/advisor: Researches and analyzes policy issues, evaluates their economic and political implications, and provides recommendations to policymakers.

  • Economist: Analyzes economic data, forecasts trends, and provides insights into economic phenomena, influencing business decisions, public policies, and market strategies.

  • Political consultant: Provides expertise to political campaigns, candidates, or organizations. They assess public opinion, conduct market research, and develop strategies to win elections or promote specific political agendas.

  • International relations specialist: Works for international organizations, diplomatic services, or multinational corporations, addressing international trade, development, and geopolitical issues.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in economics depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.