"Political Economy: An Introduction"

Dr. Warren Magnusson (Dept. of Political Science, UVic)

Tuesday, March 1st, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Avenue)

Admission is $4 for Wayward School members ($8 non-members)

What is “the economy”? Does it actually exist, or do we just imagine it? These are harder questions than you might suppose. In ancient times, people thought of economics as the art of household management. In modern times, we have come to think of the economy as something that exists independently and operates in accordance with its own laws. But, how then does economics relate to politics? Is politics what enables us to control the beast, or is that just an illusion? This introductory lecture is intended to provide some historical background on these issues and to clarify the questions we have to ask when we start thinking about “economics” critically.

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Lecturer Bio:

Warren Magnusson has been teaching political science at the University of Victoria since 1979. He has a particular interest in urban politics and local government. He teaches courses on the classics of political thought, as well as contemporary political theory. His latest book (“The Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City”) will be published this summer.

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