POEC 401
Contemporary Problems in Political Economy Fall 2019
Division II
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This course examines contemporary problems in political economy in the United States and across the developed world. Using both Economics and Political Science methods of analysis, students study the exercise of power and the accumulation of wealth in the world today as well as central public policy debates around those processes. We begin with a discussion of the philosophical foundations of economic policy-making. We then discuss welfare states in comparative perspective with special attention to the development of the American welfare regime. The remainder of the course is dedicated to particular issue areas of contemporary concern: pensions, health insurance, education, family policy, and immigration. The goal of this course is to build upon theoretical debates encountered in POEC 250 as well as to prepare students for the public policy projects they will do in POEC 402.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1423
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one 8- to 10-page paper; one 12- to 15-page paper; in-class group presentations; class participation
Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 120; PSCI 201; PSCI 202, 203, or 204, or equivalent; POEC 253 or ECON 255 or equivalent, or permission of instructor; open to non-majors
Enrollment Preferences: Political Economy majors
Unit Notes: required for the Political Economy major
Distributions: Division II

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