Political Economy - ECON5830

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module will introduce students to the topic of political economy using microeconomic analytical tools. In particular, the module will provide students with an overview of microeconomic theories and empirical methods that have been used to bring new insights to issues related to political economy. The module will also explore how these issues relate to themes in development, public and environmental economics. The following topics will be covered in the module.

1. Electoral rules, voting and their economic implications
2. Political Reforms and their Economic Impacts
3. Institutions and Development
4. Ethnic and Civil Conflict
5. Climate Agreements


Contact hours

Private Study: 121 hours
Contact Hours: 29 hours
Total: 150 hours


This is an optional module for all Single Honours Economics courses and Joint Honours courses.

The module is NOT available to students across other degree courses in the University.

Method of assessment

Essay, (1500 words) (30%)
Examination, 2 hours (70%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% exam

*Exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand how a variety of microeconomic concepts, such as strategic decision making, and collective action, have been used to investigate political economy issues
2 Understand how household surveys, natural experiments and various methods of course evaluation can be used to test economic theories and guide economic policies
3 Solve simple microeconomic models that can explain phenomena related to political economy and economic development
4 Analyse microeconomic data using simple statistical methods
5 Review the efficacy of policies related to electoral reforms in the context of theory and evidence.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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