Welcome to YPE
York Political Economy, or YPE, is a long-term initiative whose
purpose is to bring together teaching, research and discussion
of political economy at York University. The initiative is housed
at the Department
of Political Science, one of the world’s
leading centres for the study of heterodox and radical political
economy. We also draw on various resources from across the University,
as well as on many national and global links.
Why Political Economy?
The twentieth century showed us that modern capitalism is about
power as much as it is about production; that well-being and
markets cannot be understood separately from the state; that
race, ethnicity and gender feature on the factory floor and in
the office as well as in the polity; that the local, national
and global are increasingly inseparable; that the struggle for
freedom and democracy is intertwined with the distribution of
income and the organization of finance. Rigid disciplinary boundaries – between
the “sphere” of politics and the “sphere” of
economics, as well as between other disciplines such as anthropology,
sociology and environmental studies – create a fractured
view of society. Political Economy rejects these fractures by
trying to understand the social process as a whole. This is what
we do at YPE.
Students and Faculty
Although our graduate programme does not have an official “field” in
political economy, graduate
students can choose from nearly 40
courses and seminars dealing with various aspects of political
economy. Beginning in 2003/4, the Department’s new undergraduate
curriculum includes a theme dedicated specifically to “Political
Economy and Political Power,” with over 50 courses for undergraduate
students to select from. There are more that 20 faculty currently
affiliated with YPE.
Research and Publications
Over the years, York professors and students have written many
books, articles and dissertations on political economy. They
have also spoken in numerous conferences, public gatherings and
media interviews. Many of these publications and presentations
are now uploaded on the YPE Archive, and more will be coming.
Feel free to search, read and download. To get the bigger picture
on research projects and funding, visit our research pages.
YPE holds regular conferences
and workshops, including individual
speaking engagements, one-day events, and full-scale international
gatherings. We also have a virtual political economy forum, which
you are invited to join and participate in.
Visit our resources section – it lists relevant journals
and newspapers, data and statistics, and it has links to other
political economy organizations and institutions.