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Political Economy Institute

Theoretical political economy

Our work brings together researchers working from a variety of different theoretical perspectives in political economy.

As such we aim to facilitate conversation and debate between different views of the nature and future of political economy.

Our research includes work in the following areas:

  • Smith, Hume and classical political economy;
  • Marxian political economy;
  • Austrian economics and the socialist calculation debates;
  • Institutional economics;
  • Rational choice and political economy;
  • Political economy, justice and inequality;
  • Political economy and environmental change; and
  • Political economy and unfree labour.


The members of PEI working on theoretical debates in political economy include the following: