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    Hi,

    I am planning to apply to either Political Economy and IPE at KCL, as I am confused on which course might suit me the most. Both have very good programs with classes that appeal to me; I was wondering if anybody could give me the insight on the teaching quality and reputation of each department (European and Political Studies and Political Economy). I believe this information might give me some clarity about which MA should I apply to.

    I have tried to reach people studying MA Political Economy, but so far it's been impossible, haven't been able to see LinkedIn profiles with this master either, so if someone is studying or studied or knows someone who did study this master, I'll appreciate a lot your opinion on that masters.

    Thanks in advance for your help!!
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    Mate,

    I'm currently doing the MA Political Economy at KCL. I haven't taken any of the courses through the Europe centre, so can't help you there. The core module for political economy is theory heavy. You work through different theories of positive political economy (rational choice instutitonalism, cultural institutionalism and structuralism). Semester 2 focuses on 'normative' PE. It's basically government failure v market failure and macro/micro economics with a bit of public choice thrown in for good measure. I think it's taught fairly well, and it does challenge your assumptions if you believe in forms of government intervention (like me). If you're already into public choice and Austrian economics, you might get less out of it.

    I've found the optional modules a bit more hit and miss. Some have really cool speakers - one of my classes had the former head of HM Treasury speaking almost weekly. But you trade that off against substantive content and learning. I can definitely recommend the MAPE, but I think it's almost too short on the teaching front. If you get into either programme, you can always take optional modules from outside your department - we've got a few from Europe taking a comparative political economy subject at the moment.
 
 
 
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