Political Economy

Instructor: Darren Staloff
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Fridays, 9:00am-12:00pm

Offered in the spring as part of the Hertog Scholars Program, this course will examine the intersection between politics and economics through the exploration of seminal thinkers from Locke, Rousseau, Smith, Marx, Mill, Keynes and Hayek.

These readings allow us to explore the processes that give rise to the production of goods, buying, selling, and exchange, and the effect of these activities on culture, political institutions, and demography.

Sample reading list:

  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
  • Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
  • Frederick Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
  • Joseph A. Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

Students in the Hertog Scholars Program take six required multidisciplinary seminars focused on close readings and discussion of enduring texts that ask vital contemporary questions. The program is open to incoming first and second year Macaulay students.