• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Economic policy-making is often susceptible to political influences. Politicians' and voters' attitudes and behavior are often influenced by economic conditions. To understand politics and economy today, it is indispensable to understand interactions between them. Students taking this course learn important theories of comparative political economy to achieve this goal. In particular, they learn the political consequences of economic performance and the economic consequences of political institutions and behavior. The course is intended to complement other political science and economics courses offered at the Crawford School and other schools in the following regard. First, this course focuses on analyzing causes and consequences of, rather than describing similarities and differences in, political and economic systems and outcomes across nations. Second, its goal is to understand real-world experience through empirical, rather than normative, theories of politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of key theories and empirical findings in the literature of political economy;
  • consider political aspects of real-world economic problems and policies and economic aspects of real-world political conflicts, behavior and outcomes;
  • make critical evaluations of methodological issues and problems in existing studies;
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of commonly used methodological tools in studies of political economy, including randomized experiments, multiple regressions, and comparative case studies;
  • develop, refine and present a research proposal for their own original research.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus.

Weekly lectures. All lecture notes (PowerPoint slides) and audio recordings will be uploaded to Wattle after each lecture.

Indicative Assessment

-         40% Literature reviews (Learning outcomes #1 - #4).

-         50% A research proposal (Learning outcomes #5)

-         10% Discussions (Learning outcomes #1 - #5)

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Weekly lectures (2.5 hours x 13 weeks)

3-5 hours per week for reading and preparation outside of contact hours to complete the course

Preliminary Reading

To be distributed.

Assumed Knowledge

As most assigned articles are based on statistical analysis, it is highly recommended (but not required) to take at least one course on research methodology or statistics before taking this course; for example, POGO8096 (Research Methods). For students who have no statistical background, instructions in how to interpret statistical results are given during the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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