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Political Economy

Course within the Masterprogramme in Economics.

The course offers an introduction to political economics with a focus on the political economy ofdevelopment, and provides detailed knowledge on a number of important topics at the research frontier. Itcomprises two main components. The first component covers competing theories on the motives of politiciansand how and why politics can lead to market imperfections. The second component is dedicated to a set ofimportant topics within the political economy of development including political institutions, socialinstitutions, the interaction between institutions and culture, violence and conflict, and social mobilization andprotests.

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures which also include time for going through prepared calculationexercises. The language of instruction is English.


    Grading is done on the basis of a written examination. Students may be awarded examination credits throughpartial examination consisting of voluntary written assignments  during the course. The credits awardedthrough the partial examination are only valid for the regular and retake examination opportunities of thecurrent semester. However, it is always possible to achieve full marks on the examination and the course byonly completing the written examination.


    Examiner: Lars Vahtrik

    Course director: Andreas Madestam

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Course administrator master's level
    Academic advisor master's level
    Director of studies - first and second level