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political economy

a social science dealing with political policies and economic processes, their interrelations, and their influence on social institutions.
(in the 17th–18th centuries) the art of management of communities, especially as affecting the wealth of a government.
(in the 19th century) a social science similar to modern economics but dealing chiefly with governmental policies.
economics (def 1).
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political economist, noun Unabridged
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  • First, free trade is an idea whose time comes primarily whenever a single nation dominates the global political economy.
  • It also has some potentially scary implications for our political economy.
  • The obvious, and largely correct answer, boils down to political economy.
  • Preferred candidates are expected to have methodological training in ethnography, historiography, or political economy.
  • But there is also another lesson in political economy here.
  • He also chose to add the lenses of gender and political economy.
  • But the great object of the political economy of every country, is to increase the riches and power of that country.
  • There is in this a great and sound principle of political economy.
  • But the figures do raise interesting questions of political economy.
  • But this, in turn, would require a theory of the world political economy.
British Dictionary definitions for political economy

political economy

the former name for economics (sense 1)
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