Philosophy, Politics and Economics
249 South 36th Street
313 Cohen Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fall Term


PPE-47* Public Choice Theory. This course provides an analytical introduction to economic models of political processes. To that end, each class will review some theoretical framework(s) from the political economy literature, including the foundations of rational choice theory, approaches to the aggregation of preferences, strategic behavior, voting methods, accounts of cooperation, collective action, public goods, and institutions. The last part of each class will then critically apply theoretical knowledge to relevant contemporary policy issues, including the current debates on governmental decision-making processes in the US and the EU, lobbying in democracies, international security, etc. Note: part of the program contains a theoretical (formal) component.





Spring Term


PPE-47*  Network Analysis. This course addresses elements of Network Science as relevant for analyzing the connectedness of economic or, more generally, social phenomena. Building on ideas from computer science, sociology and economics, the course will examine the properties of networked structures and the behavior of agents within these networks. The models presented in this course will aim to explain how such networked structures may determine phenomena including the spread of ideas, social norms, market practices and financial crises. (The course is designed for an interdisciplinary audience and requires no theoretical prerequisites, but it will often present material drawn from formal disciplines.)