Not available in 2013/14
Comparative Political Economy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Lauren Phillips CLM 4.12


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Political Economy (Research). This course is available on the MSc in Global Politics, MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International Political Economy, MSc in International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The comparative study of democratic institutions and economic policy choice. This course will investigate how theories emphasising distributional interests and domestic institutions can explain economic policy choices. Particular emphasis will be placed on giving students an understanding of the use of quantitative methods in political economy research. A third main objective will be to show how similar theories of political economy can be applied to both OECD and developing country cases. While there will be no formal pre-requisite for the course, it would be preferable for students to have already completed an introductory sequence in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students without a previous background in quantitative methods can attend lectures from MI451 and MI452. Watch a short introductory video on this course:


10 hours of lectures and 12 hours of seminars in the MT. 6 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be required to submit three 2,000-word essays over the course of MT and LT.

Indicative reading

"The bulk of this course will be taught using journal articles. In addition, students will find it useful to consult several overview texts in political economy. Allan Drazen, Political Economy in Macroeconomics and Adam Przeworski, Susan Stokes & Bernard Manin, Democracy, Accountability, and Representation are good references."


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 6
Merit 59.7
Pass 34.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 21

Average class size 2012/13: 10

Value: One Unit

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