Ideas in Political Economy
Эта программа по истории экономической мысли для неэкономистов (социологов, политологов, философов), которая не предполагает предварительного знакомства с экономической теорией. Основные рассматриваемые фигуры: Смит, Маркс, Кейнс и Шумпетер.
This course examines the work of four prominent theorists in the broad tradition of political economy: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and Joseph Schumpeter. Its goals are to make you familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of their contributions to social science, and to provide you with a strong understanding of the project of social analysis that they shared. Political Economy is an intellectual tradition that has influenced all of the contemporary social sciences, and indeed some of the humanities, though its most direct modern descendant is the discipline of economics. Its common thread is a concern with the questions of growth and distribution: what explains changes in the amount of goods and services that a nation produces over time, and what explains the distribution of those goods and services to different people. As we will see, political economy brings to bear a much broader range of tools and intellectual resources than does contemporary neoclassical economics. All four of the people we will read were broadly educated, and wrote across disciplinary boundaries.
We will read extensively from the works of each of the four political economists, in order to understand their contributions to social theory and to place those contributions in the context of their overall visions of how human societies work. Most of this reading will be difficult, whether because of archaic language, complex ideas, or both.