political economy

noun
1.
a social science dealing with political policies and economic processes, their interrelations, and their influence on social institutions.
2.
(in the 17th–18th centuries) the art of management of communities, especially as affecting the wealth of a government.
3.
(in the 19th century) a social science similar to modern economics but dealing chiefly with governmental policies.
4.
economics ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1605–15

political economist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To political economy
Collins
World English Dictionary
political economy
 
n
the former name for economics

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature