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217.1 sec. 001 - History of Political Economy (Fall 2019)

Instructor: David Grewal  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3


    Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
    From August 22, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 33508

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 4
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 10
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This course will consider the history of political economy as a history of economic and political discourses from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It will situate what it takes to be an early modern innovation with reference to ancient precedents, which will be briefly examined. Given this long span, it will obviously be highly selective in treating discursive and theoretical issues of major importance. The focus will be on three themes: the transformation of the ancient vocabulary of polis and oikos into the modern vocabulary of civil society (or economy) and state; the emergence of the concept of the self-equilibrating economy in the eighteenth century, and subsequent controversies over its normative underpinnings; the rise and fall of classical political economy and its relation to its successor schools, nineteenth-century marginalism and twenty-century welfare economics. Readings will consist mainly of original works by central figures in this historical tradition.

The course will be taught by David Singh Grewal, who will be joining Berkeley Law as part of the JSP faculty in Fall 2019. He was previously Professor of Law at Yale University, with a secondary appointment in the Yale Political Science department. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He has his PhD in Political Science from Harvard and his JD from Yale. He is currently finishing a book on the history of economic thought entitled The Invention of the Economy. He is a co-founder of the "Law and Political Economy Blog" (

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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