About Us

Political Economy is a Department of the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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.

Political Economy publishes the highly regarded Journal of Australian Political Economy and attracts significant research funding from ARC and other sources.

The Department, together with the Department of Government and International Relations, moved from the Faculty of Economics and Business to join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2008.