Department of Political Economy

Political Economy at the University of Sydney is taught by the largest grouping of political economists at any Australian university. It offers the most developed and integrated undergraduate and graduate courses and is recognised as a leading centre of economic analysis and research.

The study of political economy rests on the central proposition that economic processes do not take place in isolation from social and political processes. It contends that, beyond technical economic debates, the critical issues for understanding economic processes are the broader questions - such as the dynamics of globalisation and the implications for national economic policy settings; the concentration of economic activity, wealth and opportunities; the trade-offs between the free market perspective and broader social concerns; economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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  • New Book - Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell's Contribution to Political Economy

    Last April the Department of Political Economy held a conference to celebrate the contribution of its Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell.  The speakers included an array of renowned heterodox economists and political activists from Australia and abroad.  The topics included various aspects of economic policy, approaches to teaching, income inequality and social justice, regions and cities, and environmental issues.