The Political Economy of Populism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Economics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Political Economy of Populism

Fall 2019

Taught By: Jacobo Ferrer Hernandez

Section: A

CRN: 7609

Credits: 4

Populism has become the hallmark of present political times. Its most salient feature is the emergence of a popular demand for a direct and unfettered access to sovereign decision-making. Articulated on a principle of radical democracy, this necessarily calls into question inequality in property distribution and the neutrality of the market. However, contrary to the idea that this relates to a one-off and degenerate overturning of an otherwise stable vector of progress, there is a long-standing tradition of critical theory that has placed political upheaval in dialectical connection with capitalist modernization. To understand how capital accumulation and its globalization have put social order under strain around the world, this course seeks to provide a political economy perspective into contemporary challenges to the neoliberal economic regime. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals of political economy, the relation between democracy and capital accumulation, globalization and the limits of sovereign economic policy, inequality and neoliberal governance, emergence and resilience of right-wing and left-wing populist economic regimes, and cultural vs. economic explanations of right-wing populism. The course will be based on weekly discussions of readings supported by critical assessment of historical, social and economic data. By the end of the course, students should have a solid insight into the economic underpinnings of current and future political events.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Economics (LECO)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:51pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019