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political economy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The social science that deals with political science and economics as a unified subject; the study of the interrelationships between political and economic processes.
  • n. The early science of economics through the 19th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Interdisciplinary studies drawing upon economics, law, and political science in explaining how political institutions, the political environment, and the economic system — capitalist, socialist, mixed — influence each other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See under Political.
  • adj. that branch of political science or philosophy which treats of the sources, and methods of production and preservation, of the material wealth and prosperity of nations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management


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