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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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  • The discontent was really social, the result of unwise laws, and wrong conceptions of political economy.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • political economy was still sleeping in the womb of futurity.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • This is true in general of the statements made in political economy; but it is most strikingly true in the discussions of money.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • This kind of political economy can only be qualified as false and deceitful.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Nora was always perplexed when other people's notions of political economy were arrayed on the side of selfish expenditure.

    Roland Graeme: Knight Agnes Maule Machar
British Dictionary definitions for political economy

political economy

the former name for economics (sense 1)
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