The “Political Economy” scientific programme brings together research that shares a conception of economics as a branch of the social sciences, both as a approach (theoretical and empirical) and as an object of study (in an epistemological and history-of-thought approach).
The scientific positioning of the Political Economy programme is based on a certain number of methodological principles :
- particular attention is paid to the institutional framework of economic actions and processes, spatially and historically contextualized; the temporal dimension (dynamics, mutations) and international comparison therefore play a central role in the analysis of the phenomena studied ;
- the discipline of economics cannot claim on its own to exhaust the intelligibility of reality, including so-called economic phenomena; many works therefore integrate a pluri- or interdisciplinary dimension (in particular with law, history, political science and sociology);
- the discipline of economics is not monolithic; there coexist several paradigms, whose history and interactions can be studied, but which can also be mobilized, in a concurrent or complementary manner, to study reality.
The scientific programme is backed by two Master’s degrees :
- “Economic and Social Administration” (Institut d’Administration Economique et Sociale, Sorbonne Law School).
- “Economic and Social Sciences” (Sorbonne School of Economics).
Within these two specializations, two research courses are managed or co-managed by members of the scientific program.