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Political Economy and Global Social Change


Political Economy and Global Social Change (PEGSC) builds on classical political economy, including the works of Karl Marx, David Ricardo, Adam Smith, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Polanyi, as well as more recent theories of political economy. This specialization brings together empirical examinations of world cities, demographic and ecological dynamics, labor market institutions, large scale social networks, income inequality, the evolving intersocietal division of labor, global democracy, as well as macro-comparative analyses of other political-economic phenomena. Our faculty expertise encompasses the full range of methodological diversity in the study of political economy, including econometrics, network analysis, demographic methods, qualitative and ethnographic approaches, and comparative-historical analysis in both its qualitative and quantitative forms.