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    (Original post by lizzylou)
    Political Economy is where Politics, History and Economics meet...

    This is the blurb from the course I did at Birkbeck:

    "This is an introduction to the political economy of the modern world, locating economic processes within the wider social and political context. Options include: the economic history of the modern world; landmark debates in twentieth-century economic thought; changes in economic structure and regulation; the previously 'planned' economies and their transition to the market economy; industrialisation and underdevelopment in the developing world."

    I did Econ A-level many many moons ago and am just starting Pol AS now, so I thought it would be quite interesting...

    If it turns you on, Gilpin's book is the core text "Global Political Economy". It's a bit dry sometimes though.

    Happy reading!

    Lizzy
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    Ooh, thanks, sounds interesting. I'll have a check for some related stuff tommorow
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    (Original post by Frances)
    I can't find a reading list ANYWHERE. I've looked all over the website, but no luck. I might use the LSE suggested reading in their prospectus though
    They might send it to you by post. Sheffield did that with me.
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    I'd like to join Did G+P at A Level and if I hadn't loved economics just a bit too much would probably have done it at uni.

    Also secret watcher of newsnight :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Sophdoph)
    Also secret watcher of newsnight :rolleyes:
    Don't worry, I have been known to watch Question Time and then stay up to watch This Week on a Thursday night regularly. Sad really! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by *Hythlodaeus*)
    Don't worry, I have been known to watch Question Time and then stay up to watch This Week on a Thursday night regularly. Sad really! :rolleyes:
    Don't say that. This Week is amazing! My favourite program, along with other predictable shows like the West Wing and Yes, Minister!
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    (Original post by tomhitchings)
    Don't say that. This Week is amazing! My favourite program, along with other predictable shows like the West Wing and Yes, Minister!

    Yes, Minister is great! I think you can learn more from that than the ITV and BBC news together, even if it is twenty years out of date! I'm a channel four news fan.

    I don't know if I should admit it but when I'm off school I watch the daily politics too! Most people like Davina McCall, but I think Andrew Neil rocks!
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    (Original post by *Hythlodaeus*)
    Don't worry, I have been known to watch Question Time and then stay up to watch This Week on a Thursday night regularly. Sad really! :rolleyes:
    Me's been on Question Time! (Sorry I do plug that a little )
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    (Original post by Red)
    Hey

    Yeah, thanks for that mate!! (sorry!!!)

    Sooooooo glad someone has set up a Politics Society!!!
    I've just done my A level in Government and Politics!
    Hope 2 do Classics and Politics at uni!!

    So, where does everyone fit on the political spectrum, Left, Centre or Right?
    Sign me up as well. Im definitely a proud right winger. Socialism ignores human nature, and the fact that we are naturally proud and competitive creatures. I cannot think of any socialist policy that has ever worked or works today, the most famous socialist policies today Eg. The CAP is a global joke, and the NHS, which is a remarkably left-wing notion fails abysmally in comparison to private healthcare.

    Ironically, I study Government at LSE, the most left wing university in this country. The more you are exposed to left wing views the more ridiculous they seem!
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    (Original post by Chrism)
    They might send it to you by post. Sheffield did that with me.
    I think Nottingham is big on only doing things once the results come out, so I won't be expecting anything before then.
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    Hey peeps! Our society is really growing in size now. I have updated the members' list and think everyone is on there. If you're not just PM me and I'll add you.

    I've also added some links to some political discussion in D+D. If you have any more that you think I should add just PM me the link and I'll put it up.

    Have fun!

    Scottus
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    Wow we are growing :eek:
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    Oooh Oooh! Let me join! I want to do Politics and IR at University.
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    (Original post by *Hythlodaeus*)
    Yes, Minister is great! I think you can learn more from that than the ITV and BBC news together, even if it is twenty years out of date! I'm a channel four news fan.

    I don't know if I should admit it but when I'm off school I watch the daily politics too! Most people like Davina McCall, but I think Andrew Neil rocks!
    Andrew Neil is amazing! I'm even sadder than you are, when I was at school I would record prime ministers questions each wednesday and watch it when I got home!
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    (Original post by Greyhound01)
    Sign me up as well. Im definitely a proud right winger. Socialism ignores human nature, and the fact that we are naturally proud and competitive creatures. I cannot think of any socialist policy that has ever worked or works today, the most famous socialist policies today Eg. The CAP is a global joke, and the NHS, which is a remarkably left-wing notion fails abysmally in comparison to private healthcare.

    Ironically, I study Government at LSE, the most left wing university in this country. The more you are exposed to left wing views the more ridiculous they seem!
    Whilst I'd agree that the CAP is a global joke, the claim the NHS fails abysmally in comparison to private healthcare is innacurate. Pound for pound - for example in the amount of operations carried out - comparisons have shown no such thing, they have actually shown that the NHS whilst far from highly efficient, is not highly ineffiecient either, when compared most notably with private healthcare in this country and in the USA.Instead pound for pound it produces more healthcare, probably because it is so stretched for resources (thus perhaps unsurprisingly the amount produced pound for pound has actually fallen slightly since Labour began massive cash injections into the service - despite rises in volume of healthcare provided). That said in a comparison about volume of healthcare produced the US private system wins hands down, simply because so much more money, in the form of very high charges on consumers (and their insurance companies), despite being less efficient produces considerably more. Thus the private systems (im guessing you refered to) have shown themselves to be more capable of getting more cash in - but less out on average for each pound.

    The debate about which model is more desirable though, is one for another day...
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    (Original post by Imagashead)
    Whilst I'd agree that the CAP is a global joke, the claim the NHS fails abysmally in comparison to private healthcare is innacurate. Pound for pound - for example in the amount of operations carried out - comparisons have shown no such thing, they have actually shown that the NHS whilst far from highly efficient, is not highly ineffiecient either, when compared most notably with private healthcare in this country and in the USA.Instead pound for pound it produces more healthcare, probably because it is so stretched for resources (thus perhaps unsurprisingly the amount produced pound for pound has actually fallen slightly since Labour began massive cash injections into the service - despite rises in volume of healthcare provided). That said in a comparison about volume of healthcare produced the US private system wins hands down, simply because so much more money, in the form of very high charges on consumers (and their insurance companies), despite being less efficient produces considerably more. Thus the private systems (im guessing you refered to) have shown themselves to be more capable of getting more cash in - but less out on average for each pound.

    The debate about which model is more desirable though, is one for another day...
    Since people are talking about political compass I seem to remember i was +3.85 authoritarian/ libertarian and +3.25 economic left/ right. With regards to the NHS, having experienced both public and private healthcare I am in no doubt about which i prefer. I must emphasise I don't want to run down NHS doctors or nurses because I think they do an amazing and admirable job and are lions led by wolves. But private healthcare offers more choice in many respects, and has an incentive to be cost-effective. I'm not surprised the NHS produces pound-for-pound more healthcare, but I'm wondering how these units of healthcare are measured, how is the quality measured? Private healthcare offers quicker consultation and operations in most cases, who wouldn't want that?
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    (Original post by Acaila)
    Me's been on Question Time! (Sorry I do plug that a little )
    Same here, I was on the final edition of the last series, the special youth edition with Boris "the legend" Johnson and Jimmy Carr, I got to speak and it was really enjoyable. I've also been on Jonathan Dimbleby which was cool because the audience was far smaller and it was live. I get e-mails from them every week asking me to go on via my university e-mail address. I thoroughly recommend it if you get the chance.
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    Could you sign me up please - a foreign pg student from hong kong.
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    (Original post by henrycowkwok)
    Could you sign me up please - a foreign pg student from hong kong.
    Sure thing! Just add us to your sig
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    thanks!
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    (Original post by Greyhound01)
    Same here, I was on the final edition of the last series, the special youth edition with Boris "the legend" Johnson and Jimmy Carr, I got to speak and it was really enjoyable.

    Really! I was one of the student producers who won the competition to go and produce the show. Boris was very amusing although as usual it was mostly unintentional. His first answer was silence! What question did you speak on?
 
 
 

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