Political Economy I

Shiny gold bars are stacked on top of each other in the shape of a pyramid.

John Maynard Keynes argued against a return to the gold standard after WWI. (This image is in the public domain.)


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17.100J / 15.678J / 14.781J

As Taught In

Fall 2010



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Political Economy I explores the major social science paradigms for analyzing relations among state, economy, and society. Through readings, lectures and discussion of original texts in political liberalism and individualism, neo-classical economics, Marxism, sociological and cultural theories, and neo-institutionalism, the seminar examines the fundamental assumptions on which our understanding of the social world and our research are based.

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Suzanne Berger, and Michael Piore. 17.100J Political Economy I. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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